Casey Anthony: The Next Paralegal Wannabee?

Casey Anthony on the Paralegal Wannabe list? Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her daughter. Whether you believe the verdict, have doubts about her innocence or feel there was no other way for the jury to vote, the fact remains that Casey Anthony is a free woman albeit with criminal convictions for lesser crimes. The rumor abounding about now is that Ms. Anthony has expressed a desire to enter the paralegal field. Education AP Photo not withstanding, here is a situation of past experiences guiding career choice. There have been instances of convicted criminals becoming paralegals. Suppose this... Read more →

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DOJ Paralegal Whistleblower Dissed & Dismissed - Exclusive Interview!

Exclusive to KNOW, The Magazine for Paralegals From Justice Dream Job to Nightmare Tamarah Grimes, Justice Department Paralegal: Why This Whistleblower Was Dissed & Dismissed By Andrew Kreig, J.D., M.S.L. As federal prosecutors prepared in 2006 for the corruption trial of Alabama’s former Gov. Don Siegelman, Justice Department paralegal Tamarah Grimes thought she was progressing well in her career. She was past beginner stage after three years at the Middle District U.S. Attorney’s office helping prepare federal cases in the state capital of Montgomery. Indeed, she was the government’s top in-house paralegal in one of the country’s most important federal... Read more →

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Berkeley legal assistant plans journey to Afghanistan

This news will undoubtedly be met with "Only in Berkeley!" comments: "As a legal assistant in a law firm representing East Bay taxi drivers, Jane Stillwater built friendships with many Afghans who drive cabs locally. She found them warm and hardworking, kind and unassuming. "Stillwater, a free-spirited woman who has lived in Berkeley for 40 years, felt at home among her new friends. Slowly, she also started learning about their faith and, after years of research and study, she converted to Islam a year ago. "'I figured it would be the one thing that I could do that would really... Read more →

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Paralegal Student Wages Campaign to Amend Law

"New York State’s Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act needs to be amended to offer more protection to victims of domestic violence, believes St. John’s University Legal Studies’ major Jason Ciarlante, who is asking students for their signature on a petition supporting a bill (A05052), introduced by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein of Brooklyn, that would amend the law. The amendment would allow victims or potential victims of domestic violence to seek an order of protection against a non-family member in Family Court." [snip] "Through an assignment in an advanced legal research and writing class taught by Ellen Boegel, Assistant Professor... Read more →

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"He Fought the Law. They Both Won."

The further adventures of "Article III Groupie," the funny, gossipy legal blog writer, are described in this NY Times article: "It all began on a Sunday in November when The New Yorker magazine posted a "'Talk of the Town'" article on its Web site about David B. Lat, an assistant prosecutor for a little over two years, who -- unbeknown to nearly all his colleagues, friends and family -- was living a double life. "By day, he was a promising young attorney who had grown up in Saddle River. But by night, he wrote a Web log called "Underneath Their... Read more →

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Legal Blogger "Opinionista" Revealed!

Read all about it in The NY Observer: “'I’m pretty nervous,'” said Melissa Lafsky, a now formerly anonymous blogger who this week joins the ranks of those who have come out to become a public commodity. “'I’ve been planning this for months'”—she paused—“'not actually, but running through the scenario in my head: ‘What would happen if I put my name on this? Would anyone care? Would everyone care?’ I don’t know.'” "For the last 10 months, Ms. Lafsky has been known to her reading public only as Opinionista; on her blog she published wearied accounts of the punishing culture at... Read more →

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Paralegal to Run for PA Legislature

Running for the Pennsylvania legislature sounds like a great move... "Kim Carradine, a 36-year-old paralegal from West Mifflin, will challenge four-term incumbent state Rep. Ken Ruffing in the Democratic primary in the spring." [snip] "Mrs. Carradine, who works at the Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott law firm, said she would have run anyway, but the controversial legislative pay raises that were later revoked persuaded her to seek office." Read more →

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Litigation Dept. of the Year

Isn't this nice? The American Lawyer has honored Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison's litigation department, saying: "Paul Weiss is our 2006 Litigation Department of the Year winner because Citigroup is just one of the Fortune 100 companies that have Paul Weiss to thank for their survival. In case after case since 2004, such clients as Hollinger International Inc., American International Group Inc. and Merck & Co. Inc. trusted Paul Weiss' litigators to guide them through the most perilous corporate minefields. And in a time period in which business scandal, complete with criminal and regulatory investigations and tag-along civil suits,... Read more →

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News Briefs from LAT

Find short paralegal news blurbs from the Nov-Dec '05 issue of Legal Assistant Today here... Read more →

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