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Immigrant paralegal charts her course and helps others along the way

Born in Mexico City, Atalia Cardenas was a young girl when she traveled with her parents and sister to the United States. She has made the most of the opportunities her adopted country has offered. From a struggling engineering student ...

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Paralegal, law clerk fees proper in attorney fee award

Family courts in South Carolina are not prohibited from awarding fees incurred by paralegals and law clerks in its award of attorneys’ fees in divorces cases, the state’s Court of Appeals has ruled. The court’s March 16 decision upheld a ...

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Paralegals invited to advance planning clinics

Bar, care center partner for National Health Care Decisions Day event Christine Brown is passionate about end of life care. As regional vice president of business development for the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Winston-Salem, Brown walks families through ...

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Put the blame on VTR: Common pitfalls of a practicing paralegal

Having worked in a number of offices and in differing sectors of lawyerin’, I have come to know many paralegals. And, over the years, many an aspiring paralegal has asked, “Where do you see the biggest areas for improvement for ...

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Utah courts approve new job designed to fill legal gap

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People filing for divorce, settling debts or dealing with an eviction could soon have a new option to get help navigating Utah’s legal system. The Utah Supreme Court has approved the creation of a new ...

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Tips for putting together the all-important trial notebook

by F. Dennis Saylor IV and Daniel I. Small Dolan Media Newswires It almost goes without saying that a successful trial lawyer needs to be thoroughly prepared. But hard work alone is not enough, and even the most prodigious memory ...

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From BigLaw to big dreams

Renowned LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya on why art is essential For anyone who spent their childhood building make-believe worlds out of Lego bricks, the creations of artist Nathan Sawaya are awe-inspiring. Each work in “The Art of The Brick,” an ...

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Paralegals invited to help NC bar

Paralegals are invited to volunteer with the North Carolina Bar Association’s Elder Law Division and Health Care Law Division when they join the Hospice and Palliative Care Center for a series of advance care clinics across North Carolina in April. ...

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Posner on prose: Writing advice from a federal judge

Judge Richard Posner, the formi­dable jurist on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, recently pub­lished in the legal journal “Green Bag” a delightfully readable two-part article: “What is Obviously Wrong With the Federal Judicia­ry, Yet Eminently Curable.” Some of ...

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Legal Aid paralegals find satisfaction in helping farm workers

After nearly two decades as a legal-aid paralegal, Danny Mills is never surprised when his job extends far beyond the boundaries of a desk, a computer and four walls. Sometimes he finds himself in predicaments that call for skills that ...

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State takes steps to protect seniors from scams

Urban legend has it that the infamous bank robber Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks, pithily replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” Sutton later denied ever saying that, but there’s no denying the logic behind the quip. ...

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Be aware and take precautions to avoid cyber breaches

When Wendy Kindley saw an email from one of her law firm’s partners pop up in her mailbox, she noticed right away that it looked strange. “It appeared to be from our managing director, whose name is J. Scott Dillon, ...

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Virtual estates: Helping clients take stock of digital assets

According to an annual digital assets survey conducted by online security company McAfee, 55 percent of survey respondents claim to keep assets on their devices that are impossible to re-create, download or purchase again. When counseling individuals and families to ...

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Consistency of client service not just for Fantasyland

RICHMOND, VA — Go to a Disney theme park and you will understand the client experience. From the moment you touch their world until the moment you leave it, Disney wants you to have a uniformly high-quality, distinctively Disney time. ...

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