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"Top Ten Tips for Effective Utilization of Paralegals"

Seems like a good article to put here....right after that "lawyers resolve paralegal priorities among yourselves" post: "Paralegals have been part of the legal profession for roughly 30 years. When utilized correctly [PDF], they are a significant benefit to a law firm or law department and its clients because they are able to handle both routine and sophisticated legal tasks that do not require a lawyer but cannot be performed by secretaries or other administrative personnel who lack the time, skills or education. "Failure to utilize paralegals effectively results in a host of problems for a law firm or a... Read more →

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"Know your workplace obligations"

This article is from an IT perspective, but regardless of idustry, it's always good to know your obligations...& those of your manager: "Wouldn't it be nice if every boss came with a standard API [Application Programming Interface]? It would be so easy to look at the interface specifications and know exactly what he expected, in what format he expected it, when you should deliver it, what predictable events would result from your input and how you should handle error conditions. All the politics would go away. Those pesky emotions would become a nonissue. Success would become deterministic. "Sadly, it will... Read more →

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"How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Make You Sick?"

Yep, the answer to this question totally depends on the firm! Plaintiff: Amy Seiler Defendants: Harry J. Mulry Jr.; Gregory G. Shaub, doing business under the firm name Mulry & Shaub L.L.P. Accusation: A paralegal toils for a small law firm and gets bouts of "stomach distress, headaches and disagreeable fits of temper." Oh, and don't forget those "digestive upsets." "In a lawsuit [PDF] filed last week [11/16/2006] in Brooklyn Federal Court, Amy Seiler says her bosses at Mulry & Shaub in Port Washington negligently dragged their feet in hiring a replacement for an outgoing receptionist. And so for the... Read more →

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10 ways to train your boss

Such very helpful tips for advancing your career! "Takeaway: If your boss routinely ignores you, withholds praise, or offers little guidance or feedback, you might need to take action. IT pro Becky Roberts looks at some ways you can get your boss on the right track. "Got a lousy boss? Never gives you guidance or the praise you so richly deserve? Never takes you to lunch? Worse, do you sometimes get the impression that your boss doesn't even remember you exist? If you think there's nothing you can do about it, think again. Instead of wasting your energy whining to... Read more →

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"Kennedy Covington Paralegal Wins National Rookie of the Year Award"

Well, isn't this great news? "Kennedy Covington paralegal Julianne Fink, NCCP, has been awarded the Rookie of the Year by Legal Assistant Today magazine. "Fink was selected by the magazine's editorial advisory board for her leadership and dedication to the legal assistant profession, to her local association, to her employer and to her community, in just two years of performing paralegal duties. “'Julianne is an amazing asset to our team and she has certainly worked hard to earn this recognition within our firm and with the paralegal community at large,' said Kent Christison, partner-in-charge of the Raleigh and RTP [Research... Read more →

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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... Read more →

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"8 Ways to Deal with Difficult People"

Surely most paralegals have no need for this advice, right? :-) But do you? "[C]onflict is built into the very fabric of their organizations. When conflict is not dealt with well, it can create strained relationships and grow to sap the time, energy, and productivity of even the best teams. Dealt with positively, conflict can also be a catalyst that sets the stage for needed changes. You will never deal with conflict perfectly, but here are a few tips worth using in dealing with your most difficult people: "1. Talk to people instead of about them. Dealing with conflict directly... Read more →

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Paralegal & military lawyer ordered not to discuss Gitmo claims

We earlier noted this paralegal's actions in reporting abuse; now she's been told not to talk to the press: "A paralegal and a military lawyer who brought forward allegations about prisoner abuse at the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been ordered not to speak with the press, lawyers and a military spokeswoman said Saturday. "Marine Lt. Col. Colby Vokey, who represents a detainee at the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba, filed a complaint with the Pentagon last week alleging that abuse was ongoing at the prison. He attached a sworn statement from his paralegal, Sgt. Heather Cerveny [PDF link],... 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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