Paralegals 'Adopt' Military Paralegals

This article from the Richmond (KY) Register -- "Showing you care may be easier than you think" -- shows how you can help support US troops:

"Receiving a package from someone special is always exciting, but for troops serving overseas, it’s a little piece of home.

"Many people may think it’s a good idea to send some goodies to our men and women who are at war, but don’t know where to begin. One Richmond woman said it’s easier than you might think.

"Lee Williams is a Richmond citizen and a member of the Greater Lexington Paralegal Association, an organization which provides resources to paralegals in Lexington, Richmond, Winchester and other surrounding areas. Since 2005, Williams and other GLPA members have adopted other paralegals who are in the military. They send them care packages and keep in contact with them until they come home.

"'It is a very simple thing to do,' Williams said. 'We have a military-issued list of what we can send to them and everybody has a copy of it. We donate to the box and when it’s full, we send it on. We always get responses that it makes them feel like Christmas and how thankful that they are that they have not been forgotten.'"

You can see the list of approved items at the article's end.


"MoFo IT Gets Its Green On"

Kudos to Morrison & Foerster for adopting a strong 'green' culture! Find four good ideas in this Legal Technology article:

"With 1,070 lawyers in 18 offices throughout the world, Morrison & Foerster has a culture that promotes excellence, diversity, teamwork and social responsibility. Last year, we were selected as one of Fortune magazine's '2006 Best Companies to Work For,' and the firm has won numerous other accolades that reflect our commitment to these goals.

"Among these priorities is our commitment to create a work environment that is healthy and environmentally responsible. Our IT department has initiated a number of programs designed not only to help to minimize our impact on the environment, but also generate real savings. Here are a few of our recent programs:

1. CRT to LCD

"Our first project was designed to save desktop space, as well as eyes and power. Over the last four years, we have significantly reduced our power consumption in our offices and data centers by replacing all cathode ray tube monitors with liquid crystal display units. LCD monitors consume less power and have a longer life than CRT monitors. As a result, we have saved roughly 619 megawatts of power per year -- enough to power 58 average American homes for one full year."

Author Anthony Hoke is global technology purchasing/asset manager at Morrison & Foerster, based in Los Angeles.


"Couple share more than just a marriage"

Amazingly wonderful Valentine's gift! BTW, have you signed an organ donation card?

"Attorney Paris Eliades referred to Jane Picone on Tuesday as the 'surrogate mother' of the law firm in Sparta where she's worked for 29 years.

"In fact, about 15 employees of law firm Daggett, Kraemer, Eliades, Kovach and Ursin gathered to honor her contributions not only to her family at work, but her actual family at home.

"Picone, 55, an office manager and paralegal, donated her kidney to her husband Al Picone, 56, on Valentine's Day last year, a surprisingly simple process that saved Al from using dialysis his entire life.

"The surgery also allowed the Andover Township couple to tell their community — everyone from a cousin to a post office employee — about the positive impacts of organ donation."


Paralegal Article on Wikipedia...

...definitely needs improvement!

Of all the smart & experienced paralegals who read this blog, surely someone (or several someones), has the skills & knowledge to improve this article, right?

Find the current article here, history of additions & changes here, editing how-to here, editable page here, editing guidelines here, & info about all this Wikipedia stuff here.

Be sure to create a Wikipedia account & please let me know who decides to jump in!


"Iraq Marines thank law firm in person"

This is a remarkable story about a project organized by legal staff members:

"Marine Lance Cpl. Brenton Hutson of Wheat Ridge carried a 12-by-8-inch American flag through much of his tour of duty in Iraq.

"On Friday, Hutson and another Marine visited the downtown Denver offices of Holland & Hart to thank the law firm's staff for sending the flag with a note.

"'Little things like this give us motivation to go out there every day. You went to all this trouble and you didn't have to,' said Hutson, 21. 'We just wanted to say thanks.'

"Hutson and Lance Cpl. Ted Dabrowski, 23, of Iowa, were greeted warmly by about 30 Holland & Hart employees on Friday. They recently returned from Iraq to Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

"Holland & Hart has sent about 6,000 flags to soldiers in Iraq since 2003.

"'We've received e-mails over the years but to have these two Marines drop by is just overwhelming. It has been an extremely rewarding project,' said paralegal Marcy Weaver.

"She organized the Holland & Hart Foundation project with intellectual property specialist Michele Clark."


Paralegal enters 150-mile race through Egypt's desert

This article's title -- "You have to live on the edge" -- is perfect:

"Jacqueline Eastridge admits that, yes, she is a little crazy.

"Starting on Sunday, the 46-year-old senior paralegal for a Center City law firm will join 59 other runners in a week-long, 150-mile trek through the sands and dunes and the dry, relentless heat of Egypt's Sahara desert. The event was organized by the sports-adventure company RacingThePlanet.

"Eastridge will do it carrying only one change of clothing and all the food she will need in a pack on her back that she hopes will weigh no more than 15 pounds.

"'You have to live on the edge a little,' said Eastridge, of Wynnewood, who is making the trip alone at a personal cost of over $2,000 (her employer paid the entrance fee).

"From the sound of it, the 5-foot-6, 125-pound Eastridge is up to the challenge while at the same time elevating fund-raising for a cause - in this case Children's Hospital - to new extremes compared to the walks, runs and bike tours so common around the region.

"'It's fully in keeping with who she is,' said her boss, Michael Friedman, chair of the corporate and securities group at Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. 'She is energetic, she is enthusiastic, she is committed to quality, and she is committed to helping people.'"


"Tightknit: Gunster Yoakley staff bond with needles"

We'd heard that knitting has become more popular, but in law firms too?

"Around noon once a week, Rebecca Bolduc enters the conference room of the law firm of Gunster Yoakley in Fort Lauderdale with a brown tote in tow. She slides into a chair around the large teak table and pulls out items rarely found in law offices -- knitting needles.

"Before long, Bolduc is joined by co-workers with totes of their own, stuffed with scarves, sweaters and socks in progress. For the next hour, the office manager, legal secretary, office services clerk and paralegal -- about a dozen women in all -- will bond over lunch and yarn.

"Some of them have years of experience and dozens of blankets to their credit. Others are new to the craft and still working on the basics. Somehow, in the company of friends, the week's aggravations disappear among the stitches and chatter.

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"In South Florida this sorority of sorts, known as the 'legal crafters,' even has a logo and mission statement. The purpose, they say, is not only to have fun but also to give back to the community. They turn their remnants into hats, colorful knitted caps that will cover the heads of people losing hair from chemotherapy or medical injuries. It's part of a national project called Head Huggers. The group already has made several dozen caps."

BTW, the firm's website includes brief paralegal bios...


Law firm runs clothing drives for needy women

Good news about a Seattle firm & its managing partner:

"When Russell M. Aoki took a break from college and worked on the maintenance crew of a golf course, he discovered his calling.

"Seniors who he met while on the job 'took me aside and encouraged me to go back to school and consider going to law school,' said Aoki, who was recently installed as one of the board of governors for the Washington State Bar Association.

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"Aoki is a trial attorney who specializes in criminal defense and business litigation. One of his most prominent cases involved representing a business that was attempting to recover assets from a bookkeeper who allegedly embezzled $5 million. This was considered the largest embezzlement case in Washington state at the time. Aoki and his client were successful, and the defendant was found guilty of embezzlement. Businesses throughout the country have hired Aoki when they are defendants in Internet advertising violation cases.

"A former president of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, Aoki is a director on the board of the America Civil Liberties Union, and a trustee on the King County Bar Association. Aoki has worked as a judge pro tem, mediator and arbitrator besides being a lecturer with the Washington Criminal Justice Institute and has taught people about the Bill of Rights for the Heritage Institute.

"His law firm has been involved for more than a decade in clothing drives which help collect clothing donations for women who need proper attire for job interviews and work. Aoki said the idea came from one of his paralegals and started small but now amasses significant amounts of donated clothing."

We always say paralegals have the best ideas!