Friday, July 10, 2009

Paralegal Careers Touted in Military, Lottery

Could being a paralegal be like winning your own personal lottery? I've been saying that for years, but if you work for the Arkansas Lottery Commission, you will cash in. A lottery paralegal makes $53,109 per year, while a paralegal for the Judicial Disability and Discipline Commission will make $34,324. (Source: Arkansas Times)

Meanwhile, Forbes has compiled a list of government jobs to apply to:

JobLocationSalary Range
Contract SpecialistCalifornia, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Colorado$56,411 to $94,200
Wage and Hour InvestigatorSan Jose, Calif.$55,015 to $71,520
Paralegal SpecialistLong Beach, Calif.$51,805 to $97,658


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Registration for the NFPA Annual Meeting Is Now Open!

Registration for the National Federation of Paralegal Association’s 2009 Annual convention is now live on the NFPA website.

The Oregon Paralegal Association invites you to Come to Oregon and Be a Paralegal Pioneer at the 2009 Annual Convention being held at the Red Lion Hotel on the River at Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon from October 29th through November 1st, 2009. (And for those of you who read Lucky Magazine, there's a great article about shopping in Portland.) Arrive early and take advantage of the excellent schedule of continuing education, including four concurrent CLE tracks: PACE, Paralegal 101, Corporate/Business and Litigation/Technology, being held on Thursday, October 29th. You will also have the opportunity to hear special keynote luncheon speaker Robert Dugoni, a Pacific Northwest attorney and author of legal/crime thrillers. You won’t want to miss the Thursday evening Trade Show Reception spotlighting exhibitors and celebrating NFPA’s 35th Anniversary. Many exhibitors and vendors will be showing off the latest in legal technology and services.

Attendees will also be having fun at our Friday night social event, hob-knobbing with members of AAfPE (who will be also convening in Portland for their annual meeting, and have been specially invited to join us), laughing at comedian Jan McInnis, aka “The Work Lady”, and having fun at our special Harvest Fair. On Saturday and Sunday, local association representatives will be gathering on the Floor of the Convention and helping shape the future of the paralegal profession. So make plans to get on the Oregon Trail and be a Paralegal Pioneer!

For more information, please visit the NFPA website at

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Paralegal Hired to XL Insurance Aviation Division

XL Insurance, the global insurance operations of XL Capital Ltd., yesterday announced the expansion of its US Aviation operations with four new appointments to its New York-based underwriting team, including a former paralegal, Eileen Mitchell, as a Class Underwriter.

Eileen Mitchell brings aviation brokerage experience, having worked most recently for Integro as well as Marsh. She has also worked with law firm Mendes & Mount as a paralegal working in aviation litigation management. Ms. Mitchell is a graduate of Marist College.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

New Overtime Case Encourages Settlement

A Florida paralegal left her employer, only to turn around and sue for back overtime wages.  Neither she nor her attorney told her old firm that a lawsuit was coming, which resulted in annoyed appellate judges.  The moral of the story?  Make sure that, if you're suing for back overtime wages (or for anything else, really) that your lawyer contacts the defendant/defendant's attorney to see if settlement is a possibility.