I’m Lindsay Valek – paralegal of seven years, potter, hoarder of historical biographies, and frequenter of thrift stores to the point that local proprietors know me by name. Now add CPN columnist to the list.Read More »
As Facebook’s search functionality has improved, law firm marketers say now is a good time to create a business page on Facebook. If you haven’t already set up a fan page — or if you have been violating Facebook policy by showcasing your firm on an individual profile page — here are some tips for building your business page and drawing fans to it.
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The new year is often a time when people focus on goals, which typically involves identifying our weaknesses and focusing on fixing them. According to the Proactive Change web site, only 46 percent of us are maintaining our resolutions after six months. Why? Change is hard.Read More »
By Cheryl Leone and Dave favor, Specials to CPN Dave is writing a book about living a balanced life in today’s world. I told him he should call it “The Unbalanced Life” since the paralegals and lawyers we work with ...Read More »
By Camille Stell, Special to CPN There are many issues facing the paralegal profession – certification, continuing education and changes in technology, to name a few. I am constantly reading, attending meetings and talking with fellow professionals about the various ...
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By Dan Bobinski, Dolan Media Newswires BOISE, ID — The manner in which Yahoo recently fired its CEO Carol Bartz was totally inappropriate. I know things are changing in how businesses operate, but I don’t think we’re at the point ...Read More »
The 2011 legislative session saw major changes to how plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers will do business in the future. I’m going to share my column space with Mark Scruggs, one of the Lawyers Mutual claims attorneys, to talk about changes that litigation paralegals can expect to see.Read More »
It is well demonstrated that paralegals improve a firm’s bottom line. These paralegals may be employed within the firm itself, or they may provide outsourced services in a virtual relationship. Either way, paralegals epitomize the highly effective concept of leverage as a way that law firms enhance their profitability by doing billable work as members of client service teams. In this way, their lower rates, when blended with other team members, boost partner profitability.Read More »
Looking to hire a paralegal or legal support staffer? Find the ideal candidate while avoiding pitfalls by following these interviewing tips from recruiting experts:Read More »
In the past we have written a lot about how to do your job better, which got us to thinking about how to feel better about yourself. We have talked to many paralegals out there and the one theme we hear loud and clear is uneasiness about the future. There is a lot of stress out there.Read More »
It was a typically muggy August afternoon, indistinguishable from countless other lingering days of summer, trying to hold on before the autumn leaves began to fall. I found myself and Mr. Craig*, the attorney I worked for, walking up the front steps to his office. We had met at the courthouse earlier that morning and this was the first time either of us had made it to the office that day.Read More »
In June, I attended the North Carolina Advocates for Justice convention, where Erin Brockovich was the keynote speaker. She began her talk with stories of the movie made about her. As she said, “Everyone wants to hear about that.” According to Erin, the movie came into being because a friend of a friend of a friend knew Danny DeVito and pitched the idea to him. DeVito eventually became a producer of the film. The heart of Erin’s speech involved a message from her mother about the need for “stick-to-it-iveness,” which she defines as perseverance and a quest for the truth that came from her father. Not only did Erin display this perseverance as she pressed for the truth in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company case, but Erin continues to fight for the truth today through her consulting business.Read More »
I had only been working in the legal profession for a few months when our client Mrs. Jones (her name has been changed to protect her privacy) came into the office with a man, who sat down with her in the chairs next to my desk. I was in a new job and eager to provide quality work. As I greeted Mrs. Jones, I asked if the gentleman with her was her son. She confirmed that he was, although she did not provide his name. I had been expecting Mrs. Jones that morning. I also knew that she did not drive and one of her sons lived next to her. Having read her file, I was aware the son who lived beside Mrs. Jones was to be a witness for her, the defendant in the case.Read More »