Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Disbarred Lawyer’s Request Denied

In Massachusetts, you can't even work as a courthouse janitor if you're a disbarred attorney, as it should be. This one stole from his own cousin, who asked him for help when her husband died in a car accident.

Disbarred lawyer’s request denied - Quincy, MA - The Patriot Ledger: "BOSTON — A former Quincy lawyer who was disbarred for stealing from clients, including $172,513 in life insurance benefits meant for a Marshfield widow, will not be allowed to work as a paralegal in his daughter’s law firm in Whitman.
The Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court has turned down a request by John S. Marani to work for his daughter, Jennifer L. Fearnley.
Marani was disbarred in May 1998. In 2000, he pleaded guilty in Norfolk Superior Court to stealing more than $170,000 from his cousin Dianne Caristi of Marshfield, who had asked him for legal help following the death of her 51-year-old husband in a car crash."

Thursday, May 15, 2008

NFPA Tech Institute Early Bird Registration Extended

For those who haven't registered for the NFPA Tech Institute, the early bird registration deadline has been extended to May 22!

In brief, the Tech Institute will be held July 25th and 26th at the Doubletree Hotel Denver-Southeast in Aurora, Colo. Participants will take advantage of educational seminars, as well as a vendor track. Technology products and services will also be featured in an interactive trade show.

Mary Mack, corporate technology counsel for fios, inc., will deliver the keynote speech on Friday. Mack is one of the leading speakers and authors on electronic discovery issues, technology and the law. She is co-author of the popular book, "A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery," and hosts the blog, "Sound Evidence," featured on

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Paralegals up North Finally Get Some Respect from Lawyer Competitors

Despite the controversy, some paralegals view the Law Society of Upper Canada's new regulation of paralegals, in effect as of May 1, as a very good thing. While paralegals working independently will need to adopt new stationary, new business cards, and even new business names, the benefits are definitely worthwhile.

Ontario's decision to give lawyers the job of licensing and disciplining their lower-priced, lesser-trained competitors has been controversial, certainly among the paralegals.

But, despite the $1,725 cost and time required to qualify to do the same job as before, despite the $845 annual fee to the law society and the $2,400 for new accounting software, [paralegal Gary] Spector has decided "it's a good thing."

"It adds legitimacy to our profession, for what we are doing," he says. "I think it will give us a better relationship with insurers in terms of trust and responsibility."


Monday, May 5, 2008

Bates Stamps' Days May Be Numbered

Who else cheered upon reading that headline?

A document-based data model, rather than a page-based approach, eliminates the text extraction and image creation steps from the processing stage and cuts the cost of that process in half. Documents become available in the review platform much faster -- as imaging often accounts for as much as 90 percent of the time to process. This enables early case assessment without any processing, by simply dragging and dropping a native file or a PST straight into the application -- which cannot be achieved with the page-based batch process.

Source: Legal Technology - Bates Stamps' Days May Be Numbered

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Paralegal by Day, Roller Girl by Night

Jamie Taylor, 29, a paralegal by day in Everett, Washington, is a Jet City Rollergirl - and not the type that curl your hair literally.

Taylor skates in roller derby, that high-contact, slamming sport. To be sure, there's a show aspect -- how else do you earn the nickname "Ivana Hurtya"? -- but when they're competing, it's pure sport. Taylor is known as Precious N Metal, and she has sustained injuries as a part of roller derby: she has a plate and six screws in her ankle.

But she loves it:

"I work in an office," said Taylor, the paralegal, "and derby is an opportunity for me to express that part of myself that I don't get to do in my everyday life. It's an outlet for this part of my personality to come out."

There is also a bond of friendship, even among players from rival teams.

"There's nothing like a group of women getting together and sweating and bleeding and beating the crap out of each other, and then hugging afterward," Taylor said. "When you go through pain together … a different kind of thing happens than when you're just playing softball.

"There's a camaraderie," she said. "And a big part of derby is sisterhood. It's by women, for women."

(Source: HeraldNet)

Law Day

Today, May 1, is the 50th Anniversary of Law Day.

Here is a note from the American Bar Association:

Fifty years ago President Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day a "day of national dedication to the principle of government under law." The ABA invites you to celebrate this enduring principle during the 50th anniversary of Law Day. Law Day 2008 will explore the meaning of the rule of law, fostering public understanding of the rule of law through discussion of its role in a free society.