How Much of a Career Risk Should You Take Switching Specialties?

It's a sure-footed, absolute and positive, no mistakin' it gamble. Switching specialties, that is. Bored with what you're doing? Fed up with a paltry salary? Peeking over the fence to see who makes more money? Seeking that enigma: better challenge? Tonya Pierce addresses the topic today. She's making some good points. The main one being: THINK before you leap (and other relevant cliches). Enjoy! The days of general practice law firms may have passed. Many attorneys are choosing to specialize to be more marketable. Law firms are following suit [pardon any puns] by specializing in one or two areas of... Read more →

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Limited-licensing for Paralegals: It's Finally a Reality

Licensing paralegals has been talked about for years. And years. And years. It’s been pushed back as long as I can remember. One objection is that paralegals do not practice law and therefore do not need licensing. They are supervised by attorneys and it is the attorney’s license on the line. Another issue was there were no standard requirements to enter the field (i.e., anyone who wanted to could call themselves a paralegal) therefore, licensing would have no real meaning. In California, some years ago, a stab at licensing called for governance not by the State Bar but under the... Read more →

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The Game Changer for Paralegals

Anyone continuing their legal education encounters opened doors to new adventures and opportunities that are closed to those without the same benefits. The value of continuing legal education increases every year. Without a college degree, including a degree from two-year program, the prospects of finding a high-quality job with excellent earnings is difficult at best. Without a certificate in this marketplace, the prospects of finding a great job decrease even further. The level of education for the average paralegal in the United States is increasing, making it essential to complete additional education beyond a paralegal certificate. Back in the "old... Read more →

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7 Steps to Overcoming Public Speaking Humiliation

The other day, I wrote the big reveal about public speaking. Essentially, I wrote that fear of public speaking is not about public speaking. It’s a fear of being humiliated. I offered up 5 reasons why fear manifests itself. As a speaker for the past 20 some odd years, I like to think that I've experienced it all. Maybe that's true. Until the next time, however, I guess we'll never know! Today, I’d like to take those 5 “why we’re afraid” reasons and offer up 7 ways to cope. 1. In the past, you’ve been publically humiliated. Welcome to life.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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New Concordance course worth the investment

Emerging Litigation Technologies, LLC and Spectrum Consultants are pleased to announce a joint venture in providing legal professionals with a series of E-Learning Modules on Concordance® document management software from LexisNexis®. Colette Perkins and Sara Youngers are certified professionals with over fifteen years of combined, hands-on experience applying and educating on nationally recognized litigation technology software applications. Concordance Fundamentals – Module One Introduction: why Concordance? ESI: easily load all your data on one review platform Navigating: how to navigate your data Viewing: viewing your images and electronic documents Sorting Techniques: making viewing easier Searching: finding the needle in the haystack... Read more →

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Why Did I Become a Paralegal?

Guest Blogger: Jamie Collins is a senior level paralegal working in a small firm in Indiana. I currently work as a Litigation Paralegal in arguably one of the most renowned personal injury firms in the State of Indiana. Our firm’s founder, Louis "Buddy" Yosha has earned legendary status during his impressive career as a trial lawyer, which has now spanned more than four decades. He is a fierce and dedicated advocate for the injured and has garnered himself a reputation as a witty, "tell it like it is" attorney. He is a formidable foe and a real pit bull in... Read more →

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The Florida Paralegal by Wm Statsky, Robert Diotalevi and Pam McCoy Linquist

They send me books. Lots and lots of books. Who??? you're asking? The publishers, that's who. They seem to think that we're going to review every book that's come our way. I haven't gotten to Ludicrous Laws & Mindless Misdemeanors yet. The Inspiration Factor was uninspiring and Fame 101 was content -free. What the heck did they expect me to do with The Florida Paralegal, I ask you. Turns out that The Florida Paralegal, a resource guide written by William P. Statsky, Robert N. Diotalevi and Pam McCoy Linquist could be a very good textbook. I would prefer that the... 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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Why Would the S.C. Bar Stifle Competency Improvement?

According to the Carolina Paralegal News, South Carolina paralegals won't be seeing voluntary certification and registration any time soon. The South Carolina House of Delegates has tabled a proposal for paralegals to start a voluntary certification program for paralegals. The delegates referred a proposed Certified Paralegal Program back to the Paralegal Task Force which had billed it as an effort to improve the competencies of Palmetto State paralegals. A five-month study by a 12-member task force explored the possibility of setting up the state's first paralegal registration system. Michael J. Howell, a delegate, said he supported the concept but said... Read more →

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