Faced with what increasingly is becoming an issue for bar associations across the country, the state Supreme Court has determined that a Texas paralegal services company was engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in Rhode Island. The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee conducted an investigation into Low Cost Paralegal Services and its operator, Dominique M. Salazar, after the defendants used Internet advertising to target Rhode Islanders for legal services.Read More »
New site gathers school, pay data for paralegals
A new resource for paralegals, www.howtobecomeaparalegal.com, was put online this summer by its creator, Shelby Crockett. In addition to comprehensive information about paralegal schools and programs throughout the country, the site also offers Crockett’s take on the 25 most popular software applications for paralegals and the 25 essential reference books for the profession.Read More »
An alternative path
In a bad economy, it doesn't hurt to have a Plan B. As many law school grads continue to find job pickings slim, paralegals who have gone on to earn their juris doctor degrees are facing a choice they might not have considered before the Great Recession. If there are no attorney jobs available now, would they continuing working as paralegals?Read More »
Estate planning lawyers get a new gift in new tax law – tons of work
The new tax law, which contains changes to estate, gift and income tax rules, should keep estate planning attorneys busy advising clients on retirement planning for at least the next two years. The changes packed in the tax law signed by President Barack Obama on Dec.17 present lawyers with an opportunity to reach out to clients to review their estate plans. If change is good, big change is better, and the new rules make some major alterations.Read More »
Battling Burnout – Long hours, overwhelming workload leave some saying they’re in ‘paralegal hell’
How do you know you've got a raging case of burnout? You start a blog called Paralegal Hell. Or at least that's what one senior paralegal - we'll call her PH - decided to do in order to cope with the stress of her long hours at a mid-sized law firm in Texas.Read More »
Spotlight – Candace Russell
Candace Russell, a paralegal with Nexsen Pruet's Charlotte office, recently received her advanced certified paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants. Russell is also a participant of NALA's 2011 Leadership Enhancement and Preparation class and an officer in the Metrolina Paralegal Association.Read More »
Attorney: Thank you, paralegals
In a recent Q&A interview with Lawyers Weekly (a sister publication of CPN), South Carolina attorney Marcy J. Lamar made a special point of acknowledging how hard paralegals work. Here's what she had to say: Q: Which job would you not want to have and why? Lamar: The legal job I would not want to have is that of a paralegal as I believe their job is much tougher than that of an attorney. Paralegals must know all the particulars of the rules and procedures of the field of law in which they are working. They are responsible for knowing every deadline and making sure their attorney is properly notified of all deadlines.Read More »
What’s hot, what’s not: Experts weigh in on the trends paralegals should be watching in 2011
By DIANA SMITH, CPN Managing Editor [email protected] The job market dried up, layoffs loomed and bonuses bit the dust. That may be the gloomy legacy of 2010 when it comes to happenings in the legal industry. The recession left ...
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Strike a (professional) pose
With fall in full swing, many people are donning their long-sleeved sweaters and warmer dress slacks when they head into work each morning. But that's not the case at every law office.
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Congratulations: Results from the NC paralegal certification exam are in
The North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification just announced the names of the paralegals that passed the September certification exam. Out of 171 hopefuls who sat for the test, 131 passed. That brings the total number of N.C.-certified ...
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NCPA issues 2,000-hour pro bono challenge
The North Carolina Paralegal Association is urging all paralegals - both members and non-members - to help the organization accomplish a goal of performing 2,000 hours of pro bono service by October 2011.
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Women in eDiscovery chapter forms in Charlotte
The Charlotte chapter of Women in eDiscovery held its inaugural meeting in June. Women in eDiscovery was founded on May 2, 2007 with the mission of bringing together businesswomen interested in legal technology and to provide opportunities to help themselves and other businesswomen grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support and national recognition. The organization has grown internationally to over 4,000 members with new members from all over the world joining daily. At the present time, there are over 28 chapters with regular meetings.Read More »
Lynne DeVenny promised to be honest when she announced on her blog in August that she would routinely report her progress on studying for one of the nation's top paralegal certification exams. So it took some pride-swallowing on Sept. 7 for the North Carolina paralegal to tell readers that she didn't pass the sample Communications quiz for the National Association of Legal Assistants' certification exam. "I thought, ‘I was an English major. Words are my thing. Communications will be easy,'" said DeVenny. "But I swore I would tell the truth, even when I fell on my face. I fell on my face," she said.Read More »
Upcoming Event – Career Fair – Oct. 13, 2010
A career fair for paralegals will be held at the North Carolina Bar Center in Cary on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Paralegal Division of the N.C. Bar Association and the ...Read More »
Maintaining ethical standards may be one of the trickiest parts of a paralegal's job. But practitioners and educators agree that it's also one of the most crucial.Read More »