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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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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"Deleting embarrassing e-mails isn't easy, experts say"

So, you think those embarrassing emails sent to the computer's trash can are truly deleted, right? Uh, no: "If Karl Rove or other White House staffers tried to delete sensitive e-mails from their computers, experts said, investigators usually could recover all or most of them. "The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is investigating whether the White House or the Republican National Committee erased 'a large volume of e-mails' that may be related to the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. [snip] "Deleting a document or e-mail doesn't remove the file from a computer's hard drive or a backup server.... Read more →

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Library of Congress Enhances Thomas Database

Good news dug up by the research mavens at The Virtual Chase: "The Library of Congress announced the release of a beta version of Thomas, a Web site that provides access to federal legislation and related documents. More search features are available as well as more help for those unfamiliar with searching for federal legislation." Read more →

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Paralegals staff voting question 'hotlines'

Helping people vote legally & successfully is a good thing: "South Carolina voters will have a lot of company at the polls on Election Day as several groups say they will watch for problems across the state. [snip] "The U.S. Justice Department will dispatch more than 800 observers nationwide, a record for a non-presidential election year, but will not make an announcement about where poll watchers will be located until Monday, agency spokeswoman Cynthia Magnuson said Friday. "Meanwhile, several voter groups will document voting problems and a task force made up of U.S. attorneys and FBI agents will investigate any... Read more →

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"The Making of a Public Records Researcher"

This most helpful article was written by Genie Tyburski of The Virtual Chase: "What constitutes public record, public information and private information sometimes is as clear as mud. (For a discussion of the differences, see The Art of Public Records Research.) [link in article] In a recent e-mail exchange concerning a proposal for a distant education course for journalism students on public records research, one professor expressed concern that students wouldn't have access to commercial databases containing personal information. She also commented that drivers' records 'are available to private investigators, but not to reporters.' How, then, should the faculty handle... Read more →

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"Celebrity Brockovich plaintiff in 2 suits"

We're in favor of legal assistants righting wrongs...& making big money: "Erin Brockovich, the resourceful legal assistant made famous by Hollywood's depiction of her epic fight against Pacific Gas & Electric, now is going after two of San Diego's largest hospital operators. "She is the plaintiff in a pair of lawsuits filed recently in San Diego Superior Court that claim Scripps Health and Sharp HealthCare charged Medicare millions of dollars for fixing mistakes made by hospital staffers. "The suits allege that the federal government's health insurance program for the elderly wrongly paid for treating infections, injuries, botched operations and illnesses.... Read more →

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