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Paralegal Today Q4 2017

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How lawyers are integrating paraprofessionals into practice

How lawyers are integrating paraprofessionals into practice In the months since my first article on Washington limited license legal technicians, I expanded my research to other states’ progress on paraprofessional programs. However, after the last article, there was significant pushback from readers around the business case for paraprofessionals within firms, and I think a deeper dive is warranted, […]

Miami attorney publicly reprimanded for allegedly failing to adequately supervise paralegal

Miami attorney publicly reprimanded for allegedly failing to adequately supervise paralegal Miami attorney Luis Fernandez, practicing in Florida nearly 39 years, has been publicly reprimanded following a Jan. 11 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he failed to adequately supervise a former attorney working in his office as a paralegal, according to a recent announcement […]

Former Law Firm Paralegal Claims Nonstop Sexual Harassment by Firm Owner

Former Law Firm Paralegal Claims Nonstop Sexual Harassment by Firm Owner A former personal injury paralegal at a small Waterbury-based firm has filed a civil suit claiming the firm’s owner repeatedly engaged in sexual harassment that was allegedly condoned by the staff. The lawsuit comes during the height of the #MeToo movement regarding sexual behavior […]

Outsourcing Support Services: How About a Freelance Paralegal?

By Melissa Acosta. New Jersey Law Journal, 03/2018. A better work/life balance for the attorney is the greatest advantage to working with a freelance paralegal. In today’s economy, law practices have to find creative ways to improve their “bottom line.” One of the biggest ways to reduce costs and increase productivity is to outsource legal […]

BLJ: Nurse paralegals read between the lines

BLJ: Nurse paralegals read between the lines Mary Versterling has been a nurse for eight years, starting at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and later in the health insurance field.  “I spent that time really developing hands-on nursing skills,” she said. “I’ve always been fortunate enough to be an advocate for patients and their families.” Last […]

FBI paralegal admits embezzling government funds

FBI paralegal admits embezzling government funds   A paralegal specialist for the FBI in San Diego pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling nearly $160,000 in government funds, the U.S. Department of Justice said. As a paralegal specialist, Lynn M. Morris provided legal and administrative support to the FBI’s Asset Forfeiture Unit and was the unit’s designated coordinator. Morris, […]

KrolLDiscovery rebrands itself to become KLDiscovery

McLean, Va. – January 2, 2018 – KrolLDiscovery today announced that it will become KLDiscovery, further distinguishing itself in the ediscovery and information governance spaces. Additionally, Kroll Ontrack will rebrand as Ontrack. Both of these brands will continue to offer best-in-class technologies and services to global clients. “The launch of KLDiscovery and Ontrack illustrates our […]

Misawa Airman named outstanding NCO paralegal of the year

Misawa Airman named outstanding NCO paralegal of the year –  MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General named Staff Sgt. Martin Dominguez, a 35th Fighter Wing JA international and operations law paralegal, the Outstanding NCO Paralegal of the Year award for 2016 and honored him with the Swigonski Award. The […]

Colorado Paralegal Re-Elected Director, Region II for The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA)

Colorado Paralegal Re-Elected Director, Region II for The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA) –  Indianapolis, IN, December 01, 2017 — The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA) is pleased to announce that Mianne L. Besser has been elected to the position of Director, Region II for the 2018-2019 term. The elections were […]

Elizabeth Garnett, Paralegal at Rawls Law Group, Receives 2017 Unsung Legal Heroes Award

Elizabeth Garnett, Paralegal at Rawls Law Group, Receives 2017 Unsung Legal Heroes Award –  Richmond, VA, December 10, 2017 — Rawls Law Group, PC is proud to announce that Elizabeth Garnett, one of their healthcare paralegals, has been selected in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly Class of 2017 “Unsung Legal Heroes.” Elizabeth received this award for […]

TCC paralegal program gets nod from American Bar Association

TCC paralegal program gets nod from American Bar Association –  The staggering investment of time and money that goes into law school is enough to deter the savviest of students from pursuing a career in the legal field. Fortunately for them, Tulsa Community College’s Paralegal Studies Program provides a path for professionals to sidestep the stressors of […]

PAP Honors Local Paralegal as Part of Pro Bono Celebration

PAP Honors Local Paralegal as Part of Pro Bono Celebration –  The American Bar Association (ABA) 9TH Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono was held from Oct. 22, through Oct. 28. The National Celebration of Pro Bono highlights the increasing need for pro bono services and access to justice. The American Bar Association (ABA) 9th Annual National Celebration […]

Paralegal sector splits as representative bodies unable to agree over purpose of Professional Paralegal Register

Paralegal sector splits as representative bodies unable to agree over purpose of Professional Paralegal Register –  Paralegals frustrated at the lack of regulation and oversight in their profession now face even greater uncertainty, after it has emerged that one of the two bodies which worked to set up a voluntary paralegal regulator has withdrawn its support after […]

Legal Aid rep speaks to Surry CC Paralegal students

Legal Aid rep speaks to Surry CC Paralegal students –   Hannah Nicholes, a staff attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina, recently visited Surry Community College’s LEX 240: Family Law class to speak to students in the college’s Paralegal Technology program.  Nicholes is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, and interned throughout her time […]

Social Media Background Screenings: Potential Benefits and Easily Avoided Risks

When social media first entered the mainstream in the early 2000s, about 400 million people in the world had access to the internet. To put that into perspective, Facebook alone now has almost 25 percent of the world’s population as active monthly users, crossing…   Tweet to share, Log in or register to continue reading.

Subpoenaing Education Records Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Paralegal Jane Smith works for an insurance defense firm on a case where the plaintiff is a college student who claims that he was so badly injured in a car accident that he had to drop out of the courses he was…   Tweet to share, Log in or register to continue reading.

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Heather Heyer

The legal community lost a passionate advocate for justice when paralegal Heather Heyer was killed August 12, 2017, while counter-protesting at a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heyer was struck by a car that plowed into the crowd, killing the 32-year…   Tweet to share, Log in or register to continue reading.

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