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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District attorney recognizes paralegal for law enforcement assistance

Sure like it when everyday citizens find & help solve crimes! Read all about it in this article from California's Auburn Journal: "The message from the Placer County District Attorney's Office was that law enforcement can't go it alone. "'Many ignore the call,' District Attorney Brad Fenocchio said, during a ceremony honoring several who stepped up to assist an investigation or put a suspect behind bars. "Area residents who went above and beyond that call stepped up Tuesday before the Board of Supervisors to receive praise and certificates from the District Attorney's Office. [snip] "Paralegal Gayle McMorow noticed some inconsistencies... Read more →

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Fort Worth paralegal named Legal Professional of the Year

Hearty congratulations to Leslie Stokes for receiving this award reported by Pegasus News: "Leslie G. Stokes, Certified PP, PLS, TSC-CL, at the Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., in Fort Worth, has been named Legal Professional of the Year for 2007-2008 by the Texas Association of Legal Professionals. "Ms. Stokes, a native of Fort Worth, was presented with the award at the Texas ALP's recent annual meeting in Arlington. She has worked as a paralegal at the Laird firm for the past six years. "Ms. Stokes works under the supervision of two attorneys on complex medical malpractice and personal... Read more →

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Helen Raschke Pro Bono Award

Must read this very inspiring article from the The Black Hills Pioneer (SD) "If you were to talk to Helen Raschke of Lead, she would tell you that the best years of her life were spent doing pro bono work because she was helping people in trouble. "In April of this year, Raschke was honored as an award was given in her name for the work she did for 16 years as a Private Attorney Coordinator -- a job that didn't exist before she started at West Texas Legal Services in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Helen Raschke Pro Bono Award... Read more →

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"Law-firm employees receive pro bono awards"

Good news for these individuals & for their firm's pro bono program! "Six lawyers and one paralegal are the first recipients of Charles L. Whistler Pro Bono Awards at Baker & Daniel law firm. [snip] "Rhonda Jackson is a paralegal who helped coordinate the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society's annual holiday fund-raising campaign during the last three years." Noted on Baker & Daniels' press release: "The firm's pro bono award is named in memory of Charles L. Whistler, a former Baker & Daniels lawyer whose vision, talent and energy helped shape Indianapolis. He represented diverse interests and an array of projects,... Read more →

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"Law Technology News Names Catalyst CR Finalist for Best EDD System"

So, how does the EDD software that your firm or company uses stack up? "Catalyst Repository Systems, a leading provider of web-based repository software for case, deal and electronic document management, announced today that Catalyst CR has been selected as a finalist for the top Electronic Data Discovery Systems by the readers of Law Technology News. "'We are especially honored to be a finalist for this award because it reflects the views of our partners and customers who use Catalyst CR,' said John Tredennick, CEO of Catalyst Repository Systems. 'This vote is a testament that CR's functionality, speed and scalability... Read more →

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The American Lawyer's 'Fab Fifty'

This is a fascinating (alphabetical) list: "The 50 most-promising young litigators ages 45 & under." "We talked to hundreds of lawyers to find the rising stars whose careers are described below and in the pages that follow. Beginning with a wide and informal canvass that generated more than 200 suggestions, we identified practice areas that seemed rich in opportunity for young litigators and homed in on those for our reporting. That's why the list contains a concentration of appellate, intellectual property, public interest, and products liability lawyers. Others have made a mark as criminal defenders or labor lawyers or securities... Read more →

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"Kennedy Covington Paralegal Wins National Rookie of the Year Award"

Well, isn't this great news? "Kennedy Covington paralegal Julianne Fink, NCCP, has been awarded the Rookie of the Year by Legal Assistant Today magazine. "Fink was selected by the magazine's editorial advisory board for her leadership and dedication to the legal assistant profession, to her local association, to her employer and to her community, in just two years of performing paralegal duties. “'Julianne is an amazing asset to our team and she has certainly worked hard to earn this recognition within our firm and with the paralegal community at large,' said Kent Christison, partner-in-charge of the Raleigh and RTP [Research... Read more →

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"National Award to Paralegal For Work with Native American Community"

Congratulations! Love to hear this kind of news: "The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is pleased to announce that Raylene Frazier, a paralegal with Dakota Plains Legal Services (DPLS) in South Dakota, is the 2006 recipient of the Pierce-Hickerson Award. Frazier will be honored during the NLADA 2006 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 10 at the Westin Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC. [snip] "Frazier, who is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, handles cases in all areas of Indian Law. She has prevailed in many Tribal Court appellate cases and administrative... Read more →

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"Sergeant places first in paralegal contest"

Congratulations to Rosemary Hernandez! "A sergeant bested 22 other Army paralegals from XVIII Airborne Corps and Army Special Operations Command in competition Thursday at Fort Bragg, N.C. "Sgt. Rosemary Hernandez placed first in the Command Sgt. Maj. Cornell Gilmore paralegal challenge, according to results released by Master Sgt. Joseph Lister, one of the event’s organizers. [snip] "The event is named for Gilmore who was the top enlisted legal adviser in the Judge Advocate General Corps when he died in Iraq in late 2003. He had held the position since June 2002. He was one of six aboard a Black Hawk... Read more →

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