The Old Gray Mare - Is She Still What She Used to Be? Ageism and Paralegals

"My supervisor remarked to me on two separate occasions that I may be "too old" for the type of work I was doing. At the time he said this, I had reached the age of 54. The supervisor was 46. A few of weeks after the second “you’re too old” remark, I was let go - even though my reviews were excellent. It doesn't take a brainard to figure it out." Read more →

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You Can't Get Stuck If You're Going Nowhere

Let's face it. Who has a successful career without reaching a point of been there, done that, need more? Few people, I suspect. Otherwise, we'd all be going nowhere. Self-motivation is not innate. It's not inherited and it certainly is not granted by the paralegal fairy. It is, in fact, a characteristic that we either utilize or we don't. I'm intrigued today by Barbara Haubrich, a Bakersfield, CA paralegal with 30 years of experience. Barbara attended a seminar I gave nearly 10 years ago, remembered me and recently looked me up. Gee, I hope I made a good impression. Turns... 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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"Rise of Paralegals"

Although you must be a paid subscriber to the Dayton Business Journal to read the complete article (& I'm not!), thought the part you can read was interesting: "Betty White has worked as a paralegal for Sebaly Shillito & Dyer's Dayton office for 18 years and has held the managing paralegal position for the past 10. "But White has spent the past two decades doing more than just sorting through legal documents. She travels with lawyers to meet with clients, helps clients prepare documents and helps decide what information is necessary for a case, among a slew of other tasks."... Read more →

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More Law Firms Publish Paralegal Profiles

Like this page of paralegal profiles from Utah's Howard, Lewis & Petersen. Five paralegals from Shoun Bach Walinsky & Curran, a family law firm in Virginia. Several paralegal bios [Note: anchor tags currently don't work, need to scroll] from Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala in Minneapolis. Two paralegal profiles & administrative staff bios from Phoenix-area DeShon Pullen & Associates. Paralegal & law staff bios from the general practice firm of Cooper, Deans & Cargill (New Hampshire & Maine). Read more →

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Paralegal Opening: Immigrants' Rights Project

Found what sounds like a challenging open position using Google's blog search: "The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), a national non-profit public interest organization, seeks applicants for a full-time Paralegal position with the Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP) in the ACLU’s National Headquarters in New York City. The IRP works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through a comprehensive program of impact litigation and public education. "The IRP conducts the largest litigation program in the country dedicated to enforcing and defending the constitutional and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against non-citizens.... Read more →

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"On the move..."

Have you all seen paralegals (&/or secretaries), mentioned in law firm "we're moving" notices before? "Holland & Hart, a law firm, has opened an office in Las Vegas at 3763 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 300. Philip Dabney and Gregory Gilbert will be resident partners in the office. Both partners are commercial litigators with a strong emphasis in construction litigation and arbitration. Also joining the firm's Nevada office are attorneys Lars Evensen, Michael Gebhart, Carla Kok and Sean Thueson, paralegals Theresa Hansen and Theresa McCracken, and secretaries Murielle Lopez, Nina Schein and Jennifer Sullivan." Let us know! Read more →

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More Paralegal Bios/Profiles!

Love seeing these acknowledgements of paralegal contributions: Vermont's Paul, Frank & Collins (too bad only attorney profiles include photos): Melanie F. Black, Heather A. Moreau, Robert L. Scott, & Carie A. Tarte Missouri's Hazelwood & Weber LLC: Louise Pratt, Renee Avis, Cynthia M. Brooks, Terrah E. Stallcup Indiana's May Oberfell Lorber: Deborah L. Denman, Pamela S. Hartman, Victoria E. Hyland, Melissa L. Kelly, Allyson A. King, Janet L. Peterson, Kari A. Watterson Washington state's Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara: Roni S.Hale, Molly Regimbal, Ginny Tucker, Kris Walls Does your firm or company include paralegal bios/profiles on its website? If not, do... Read more →

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Briggs & Morgan's Paralegal Profiles

This Minneapolis firm, Briggs & Morgan, showcases its paralegals with photo profiles. See, for example: Business & securities paralegal Julie R. Hanson, business litigation & labor/employment paralegal Jeanette T. Larson, business litigation & mortgage banking paralegal Craig S. Hennen, & public finance paralegal Linda Obidowski. The firm also describes paralegals as part of the legal team: "The depth and breadth of our firm's experience helps us avoid overstaffing cases. Briggs and Morgan has a team of fourteen lawyers and five paralegals who concentrate on serving corporate clients, including many of the largest real estate finance companies in the United States." Read more →

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'Fearless' UK law firm's paralegal profiles

Not only does McCormicks Soliciters sound like a very fun firm, they include short profiles + photo for all paralegals. Read more →

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