Wednesday, October 31, 2007

LawTunes Releases "The Lawtunes: Live At Blackacre"

Indie music label LawTunes (www.LawTunes.com) has released its latest humorous, lawyer-created, law-related album, "The Lawtunes: Live At Blackacre." The CD contains ten original rock-and-roll tunes taking on the law, lawyers, and legal practice, including, "(She's An) Electronic Discovery," "Lawyers' Blood Is Typo," "Della Street," "LawMan," "Orderin' In," "Cadillac Cab," "Little Bluebook," "Livin' Life In Six Minutes," "Everywhere There Is A Client," and "Santa's G.C."

(And for those wondering, "Blackacre" is that legendary parcel of land referenced in so many legal treatises.)

Monday, October 29, 2007

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Forms Paralegal Division

The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys has formed a Paralegal Division. Paralegals devoting a substantial amount of their professional time to the handling of litigation, primarily for the defense, government and/or business are invited to join. To be eligible, a paralegal must work under the supervision of a lawyer member of the NCADA and must be certified by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification.

For more information about the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys, please contact the Association office at 1-800-233-2858, ext. 312, or visit them at www.ncada.org.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Rules Unclear on Supervising Indian Lawyers

As outsourcing moves to the forefront for U.S. lawyers, ethical pitfalls also become more common. Indian legal training is different than in the U.S., and client confidentiality is narrower. Yet the rules on supervising Indian lawyers are painfully unclear, according to this article.

NSCC to Hold Paralegal Employment Panel

North Shore Community College's Paralegal Department and Alumni Office will hold the annual Paralegal Employment Panel and Networking Opportunity, a free lecture, "How Do I Get There From Here?," Nov. 14, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Danvers campus Health Professions Building Lecture Hall, 1 Ferncroft Road, off Route 1 south. Learn about the latest opportunities in the legal field by listening to the career paths and educational experiences of the panel of guests. This forum provides information from professionals in various legal fields. Free. Preregistration required. Contact the Alumni Office 978-762-4000, ext. 5481 or 5482, or srochon@northshore.edu.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Proposed Opinion OKs Outsourcing Work to Foreign Lands

Continuing the disturbing trend of outsourcing work to foreign countries, the Florida Bar Association is in the process of issuing an offcial opinion giving the thumbs-up to outsourcing legal work outside the U.S.

Most disturbing is that the sanctioned outsourced services are paralegal services. There is no mention of how outsourcing paralegal services can harm the client; just how, if the services are outsourced, they should be limited to paralegal services.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

NFPA Convention 2007

I have just returned from the 2007 annual convention of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations as a delegate from the Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association, and it has been a wonderful experience. The best part of going to the convention, hands-down, is getting to meet a wide variety of paralegals working in a plethora of practice areas. The paralegals here are all enthusiastic and committed to advancing the profession, and that alone, that camaradarie, is worth the trip.

When the Navy Legalmen presented supporting associations with certificates, I couldn't help but have tears in my eyes, and I was not the only one. Melissa Adams, the president of the Navy Legalmen Association, said, "I felt very weak and did not know what was going to happen next. You gave us strength and courage more than you know." Adams had recently returned from Iraq.

The Registered Paralegals were invited to stand at the beginning of the policy meeting. At least one third of the room stood, and I was so proud of us for taking that extra step to become RPs. (RPs take note: you should be getting your RP cards from your association's delegates soon, and there's a little something extra for RPs that's coming out of the convention as well... stay tuned!)

On a slightly dorky and personal note, I couldn't help but feel very sentimental and a bit weepy during the slideshow featuring photos from conventions dating back to 1995, especially when my picture (accepting the West Group scholarship) flashed on the screen! I happily reflected how far I have come since then in my career, and at that moment, I was prouder than ever to be a paralegal, honored to be the Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association's Primary Representative, and thrilled to be a part of an association that is truly working to make a difference in the profession. I even got to chat with Jan Marko from West, who had presented me with my scholarship in 2003, and thank her yet again for the scholarship that helped me to achieve my goals.

Thank you to the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association for hosting, the NFPA Board for all its hard work, and all the attendees that made this such a great experience!

Friday, October 19, 2007

County Paralegal Position Must Be Retained

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has recommended that retain the county paralegal position, which is crucial for keeping violent sexual predators off the streets.

It typically takes about 40 employee hours to open a new file on a sex offender, due to the lengthy process of organizing several banker's boxes of unsorted files. Without the paralegal position, prosecutors handling sex predator cases would be bogged down by paperwork, rather than performing their legal work.

Unfortunately, the county executive is considering cutting this position. The County Board is set to adopt the new budget on November 5.

Military Association Names Vass Paralegal to Post

The Association of Military Recruiters and Counselors (AMRAC) has recently named Carl T. Garner of Vass, a retired Army master sergeant, as commander for its Atlantic States region. After his retirement from the Army in 1993, Vass worked as a paralegal for Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Paralegal Named Director for Theater of Deaf

Paralegal Aaron Kubey has been named the new executive director-president for the National Theater of the Deaf. He currently serves as the theater's artistic director and is a paralegal in the New York area. Kubey takes over the position Nov. 5 at the 40-year-old organization, now based in West Hartford, Conn.

Kubey is a 1994 graduate of the Model Secondary School for the Deaf at Gallaudet University in Washington. He worked with NTD's Los Angeles Little Theatre of the Deaf from 1995 to 1997.

He also worked with Deaf West in Los Angeles and the Centerlight Theatre in Chicago before joining the New York Deaf Theatre.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Paralegal Gets 2 Years for Stealing $111,512

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A Ware County paralegal was sentenced to two years for stealing $111,512.

Gina A. Wooten, 50, of Waycross, also was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony Alaimo to repay the money she stole through a sophisticated fraud scheme while working for bankruptcy lawyer Edward Smith from July 2004 through Aug. 4, 2006.

Wooten, described as a "financial predator," stole and apparently destroyed the law firm's financial ledgers in an attempt to hide the fraud.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Paralegal Joins Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Sales Team

Former real estate paralegal and SoftPro trainer Karen Lyle has joined the real estate sales team at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Crabtree. She earned her bachelor’s of arts in communication with public relations concentration from N.C. State University and her paralegal certification at Meredith College.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Fashion Crime Ruled in Order

Canadian paralegal Harry Kyopto has a unique sense of style, and he was vindicated when Justice of the Peace Gabriel Sunit John was sent a letter of advice saying he shouldn't have adjourned court proceedings because of the paralegal's multi-coloured open-neck shirt and textured burnt-orange jacket.

However, Kyopto feels that this is not enough and is suing John in small claims court for $1, insisting that he was also assaulted by an officer as he was removed from court for his colorful attire.

Maybe next time Kyopto goes to court, he'll stick to a basic black blazer.

Paralegal Celebrates 25 Years of Service

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Paralegal Rebecca Ask is celebrating 25 years of service as a paralegal this month. Ask, a paralegal at Davis & Davis, arrived at the firm with an undergraduate degree in paralegal studies.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Canadian Paralegal Sentenced for UPL

TORONTO -- The Ontario Superior Court has sentenced North Bay paralegal Maureen Boldt to four months house arrest for the unauthorized practice of law. She was also ordered to pay $35,000 in costs. Over the past 13 years, Boldt has broken the law by engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Her sentence will commence October 15, 2007.

According to Law Society Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie, this is the first time that anyone has been sentenced to house arrest for UPL.

In 2000, Boldt was ordered to stop providing legal services. When she defied the court order, she was convicted in 2006 of contempt of court. Boldt appealed that conviction and lost the appeal earlier this year.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Cole Awarded CBA Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award

DENVER -- Susan Cole, a paralegal at Arnold & Porter, received the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award from the Colorado Bar Association.

Cole manages and arranges several different legal events to help those who are less fortunate, including Project Homeless Connect and Legal Nights at Mi Casa and El Centro San Juan Diego. These programs alone continue to help more than 2500 underprivileged residents of the Metro area who otherwise may not have access to legal services.

An engraved plaque commemorating her accomplishments and a $1,000 donation to Mi Casa Resource Center for Women was presented to Cole after being nominated by Constance Talmage, executive director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee.

Brian Allensworth of Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, Cheryl Ferne of Dorsey & Whitney and Jenny Kang of The Harris Law Firm also were nominated for the award.

This award was started by the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association and has been hosted by the CBA Paralegal Committee for the last three years. The award luncheon was started to recognize paralegals who provide pro bono services to the Colorado legal community.
(Source: Cherry Creek News)

Monday, October 1, 2007

American Bar Association Grants CSM Approval for Paralegal Studies Program

LA PLATA, Md. -- The American Bar Association has granted the College of Southern Maryland approval for their paralegal studies program. CSM is the fifth college in Maryland to receive ABA approval.

For more information on CSM's paralegal program, visit www.itc.csmd.edu/bus/legal/PS.htm.