When Bad Things Happen to Good Legal Professionals

The story of Cinderella is familiar to most of us. Nice girl, horrible living conditions, probably violation of child-labor laws, happy ending. When we are children, we believe this story and for some of us, it sets our expectations for the future. And then, real life happens. When we think of what the bad things are that happen to good legal professionals, it’s generally an event, incident, illness or other occurrence that was not within the control of that person. Here are two real-life stories: #1: When I heard the following story, I wanted to explore what occurs when bad... Read more →

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Warning: Shift Ahead - Are You Ready?

A paralegal wrote in with this question: Is it worth it for a paralegal to sit for the eDiscovery Certification Exam? Of course, I jumped right on this question! As Chairperson of the Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) and a co-founder of the International Paralegal Management Association, author of 10 books on legal careers and Editor-in-Chief of KNOW, The Magazine for Paralegals (ok, ok...lol), I have strong opinions about the value of getting the CeDP - certification in eDiscovery for paralegals and legal professionals. The legal market is leaning towards less work done by lawyers and more work done by... Read more →

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10 Ways to Sink Your Paralegal Career - Guaranteed

It's a game, really, this business of careers. If you think about it, every move should be strategic, every decision made carefully, and each accidental event acknowledged as it affects your outcome. To top it off, the results are win, lose or draw. Why we make the bad choices we do can sometimes be thrown into the mystery category but other times, it's because we're just plain unaware that these actions (or non-actions) are guiding the outcome of our careers. Here are 10 top reasons why your career may be stalled, dead-ended or become routine and repetitious: 1. You Are... 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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Going On's.....This 'n Thats.....

Tough week? Take a few moments to enjoy our guest blogger, Celia Elwell, RP and senior paralegal, who sends us interesting links and articles. Enjoy! Judge Throws Out RICO Claims Against Johnson & Johnson, by Shannon P. Duffy, The Legal Intelligencer http://www.law.com/jsp/pa/PubArticlePA.jsp?id=1202504306265 Federal Judge Dismisses BP Oil Spill Fraud Lawsuit, by Maureen Cosgrove, JURIST http://bit.ly/odVde4 Jury Awards $900 Thousand In Age Discrimination Case, by Ellen Simon, Employee’s Rights Post Blog http://bit.ly/r7kUkO Third Circuit Okays Collection of DNA from Criminal Suspects, by Nathan Koppel, Wall Street Journal Law Blog http://on.wsj.com/mQC5sq Preparing Americans for Death Lets Hospices Neglect End of Life, by... Read more →

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Research, 'Riting & Resources (Ok, it's a stretch - I agree)

Celia Elwell, RP, is a very experienced paralegal in Oklahoma. An avid researcher and writer, Celia sends me these wonderful listings filled with interesting articles, posts and valuable tidbits. The light finally went on inside my head (where else?). I thought, "Why am I not sharing these our readers?" Enjoy! SCOTUS Justices on the Language of Law: Advocacy and Legal Writing (and by Implication Legal Research, Too), Law Librarian Blog http://bit.ly/n0jdbu Standard of Review in Five Easy Steps, by Raymond Ward, the (new) legal writer http://bit.ly/mzfiQT The Winning Wal-Mart Brief: Six Returns, by Ross Guberman, Legal Writing Pro http://bit.ly/rgp7oH New... Read more →

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LitSupport Salary Survey: Do Paralegals With Tech Skills Earn More?

“In this field, you can get more information on a book to read, a car to buy or food you eat than you can on the very career that pays for everything you have or do.” OLP invites you to participate in the first Litigation Support Survey to provide legal professionals with unparalleled insight into salary and career performance information. We’re committed to helping people make the most of their careers, so we will provide a free salary survey to give you inside information about your market value, directly from your peers. This same set of data is used to help legal professionals make more informed career decisions. Read more →

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Legal Tech West Coast: A Wealth of Information

Risk & Responsibility vs. Cost Control: Managing eDiscovery’s Great Balancing Act A Session Presented by Bill Speros LegalTech West Coast 2011 Guest Blogger: Raul Estravit Legal Tech West Coast – what a wealth of information! On Wednesday, May 18, I attended the session given by Bill Speros, lead counsel handling all of the e-discovery and litigation processing matters related to the Madoff case. Certainly a case that gives him great credibility. Speros concentrated on risks and responsibilities in the management of the ediscovery process such as what to look for in keeping costs down and the allocation of responsibilities to... Read more →

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OLP eDiscovery Certification Exam & Courses - More Information

The Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP), a non-profit organization, will roll out its eDiscovery certification exam the second week in July. This certification exam has been in development for 18 months. It is a combined effort with some of the top eDiscovery experts throughout the U.S, Canada, U.K. and Taiwan. OLP has partnered with Pearson VU, a $7 billion global education corporation with a highly sophisticated division dedicated to certification exams. We have a team of Ph.D.s from Pearson on board who apply the science of psychometrics - balancing the exam so that it is fair, unbiased and properly given.... Read more →

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Legal Project Management - The Next New Area for Paralegals to Conquer?

It seems that suddenly, law firms have woken to the fact that the corporate world has a whole new technique out there to manage projects. Simply called Project Management, the area is booming. And, as always, the legal field tends to be the last to get in on the bandwagon. But for argument's sake, let's just say it arrived. Read more →

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