The Paralegal Internet Association Now Forming -

As the world grows closer, so does the paralegal field. It had to happen. With millions of paralegals around the world, a new association needed to be formed to bring paralegals together for one common purpose. I thought. "What if there were an association where paralegals could share information; develop best practices; raise the awareness of the field; increase utilization; network with paralegals they never thought would be possible; learn from each other; all through the Internet?" It was one of those work-related epiphanies as I began to meet and learn from paralegals across the world. As I developed six... Read more →

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Paralegal Knowledge Institute Makes Its Debut

Attention experienced paralegals! There's a new outfit in town, the Paralegal Knowledge Institute (www.paralegalknowledge.com) that launches this week. Designed specifically for the paralegal assignment, the Institute is offering gold-standard courses, webinars and publications. The purpose of the Institute is to bring to the paralegal community a new concept: an organization dedicated strictly to the career advancement of the experienced paralegal. The difference between the Institute and other training companies is that the Institute is strictly dedicated to paralegal continuing legal education while in other organizations, paralegal training is a division of a larger company, generally dedicated to attorney training. "We... Read more →

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If You License, Will They Come? Licensing issue debuts in New York

The other day, a paralegal sent me a panic email. OMG! Licensing of paralegals had been introduced as a bill in the state of New York. Her reaction about the bill was pretty standard. In a nutshell, she was saying, "What?????" In short the bill: a) Requires mandatory licensing b) States that paralegals "practiced" (an ethical question, to be sure) c) States that mandatory minimum standards for qualification into the field are required (but does not state what standards) d) Establishes licensing fees not to exceed $100.00 e) Creates an independent board to adopt rules and regulations f) Is an... Read more →

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Florida Makes a Move to License Paralegals: Coming to your state soon?

FLORIDA BILLS PUSH FOR LICENSING, DEFINITION OF PARALEGALS Companion bills in the Florida Legislature are currently under consideration to make Florida the first state in the country to require licenses for paralegals. The bills require the Florida Supreme Court to develop a licensing and continuing education scheme and make it a felony for unlicensed people to identify themselves as paralegals. The bills, sponsored by state Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, and state Rep. Richard Steinberg, D-Miami Beach, were filed March 9 and have been assigned to the judiciary committees. They were written by the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations, a consortium... Read more →

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National Association of Freelance Legal Professionals Doubles in Size

Have you heard about the NAFLP? (www.naflp.com) It's not a new organization, it's just been a little bit quiet in the 3 years since it started. No more! Finally, there's an active, sensible, fun, proactive organization designed specifially for freelance attorneys, paralegals, interpreters, consultants, and others making a pretty darn good living working for other firms. The what? you say. The NAFLP. Started in 2008 by two attorneys, the NAFLP was a small organization brought about to create some standards and best practices in a booming new cottage industry - what we used to call contract attorney or paralegal. Melody... Read more →

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There's No Tellin' - Can't Find a Job and Can't Figure Out Why?

If you are not connected to LinkedIn, you are missing one of the most important career tools you can possibly get. KNOW has a group on LinkedIn called, KNOW Paralegals. We have almost 1500 members throughout the U.S.. Canada, Belgium and other countries who share their experiences, thoughts, hopes, wants, dreams and desires. Several sent me their resumes for review. Other members of the group sent in suggestions - good ones, I might add - and offered to review resumes as well. While the economy has certainly been one contributing negative factor in the ability to land that first position,... Read more →

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eDiscovery Paralegals Network Merges with KNOW

Los Angeles: Dec. 5 2010: Estrin Education, Inc., the parent company of KNOW Magazine for Paralegals is pleased to announce that eDiscovery Paralegals Network (EDPN) has merged with KNOW Paralegal and given memberships in The Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP). eDiscovery Paralegal is a website and blog designed specifically for paralegals specializing in the eDiscovery arena. Founded by Robin Margolis two years ago and formerly directed by Danielle Marbury, Litigation Support Manager for WilmerHale, the blog took off giving paralegals in this new field an opportunity to discover new resources and reach out to other trail blazers. Use of electronic... Read more →

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First Online, Interactive 8 Week eDiscovery Courses Hit the Market

The OLP together with the Center for Advanced Legal Studies, an ABA approved paralegal program, is launching 3 groundbreaking, online, interactive 8 week eDiscovery courses for experienced legal professionals. Read more →

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New Association for Bankruptcy Paralegals Forms

We've seen a number of new associations spring up lately. This is a great sign! It means that paralegals are getting much more involved in the profession, are more interested in ever in promoting the field and are developing more leaders. While it's nice to have the old standby's, it's even more exciting to see fresh, new ideas, concepts and organizations entering the marketplace. It means positive change and moving forward. Hard for some to accept, I know. Here's a press release we received about a new bankruptcy paralegal association. Since bankruptcy is one of the hottest areas in this... Read more →

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New Organization for Healthcare Paralegals Launches

Robin Margolis is at it again. This industrious paralegal has started another organization for paralegals that fits the current trends in the field. The Healthcare Paralegal Federation has been formed to meet the needs of healthcare paralegals, paralegals interested in learning more about healthcare law specializations, and legal professionals who are interested in the growth of paralegals in this field. Margolis, an experienced paralegal from Washington DC and New York, has started two other paralegal organizations that are going strong: e-Discovery Paralegal Network and The Association for Intellectual Paralegals. Why healthcare? "At the time that the paralegal profession originated in... Read more →

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