2017

Who Gives a Damn About Paralegal Ethics?

TheParalegalSociety

I stand here, on the screen before you today, because I have the immense privilege of addressing each of you, individually, and a cross-section of the profession, collectively, in this way. I have also earned myself the obligation to do so. Even when it’s uncomfortable. Even when it’s not popular. Even when it’s somewhat controversial. And most importantly, when others don’t seem to be talking about the things that affect our profession at all. Especially then.

Using Side Letters in Private Funds

Strictly Business

At some point while raising capital for a private fund, you will likely be asked by one or more potential investors to enter into a side letter.

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FCC Approves For the First Time 100% Foreign Ownership of US Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released its first decision approving 100% foreign ownership of a group of US broadcast stations. This comes after significant relaxation of the FCC’s interpretation of the foreign ownership limits which, less than 4 years ago, had been interpreted to effectively prohibit foreign ownership of more than 25% of a company controlling broadcast licensees (see our article here about the 2013 decision to relax the restrictive policy).

Wrongly convicted man passes New York bar exam

ABAJournal

Martin Tankleff, who was arrested at age 17 and would spend 17 years in prison for a wrongful conviction in the murders of his parents,…

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Process Serving Made Easy: Serve in All 50 States Using One Platform

Speaker: PROOF

PROOF has revolutionized service of process. Using our online platform, create serve requests nationwide and receive live updates with mapped verification of each attempt. PROOF’s technology provides users with complete transparency from start to finish.

Simple Act of Kindness Challenge

LegalTalkNetwork

Dear Listeners, Podcasting Partners, and Hosts, Before we say goodbye to 2017, we wanted to close things out on a note of gratitude. First of all to our listeners, thank you so much for tuning in. Without your support, we could not do what we love doing best. We very much appreciate and value your time, feedback, and all the occasions you shared our content with your friends, colleagues, and social media channels.

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One in Five Lawyers to Hire Paralegals in the Next Year

Paralegal-Edu.Org

According to a report published on March 15, 2017, on PRNewswire, paralegals may have more job opportunities throughout the year 2017. 21% of Lawyers who were interviewed by Robert Half Legal revealed that their company or law firm plans were to increase the number of paralegals working for them in the course of the year. Only 4% of those interviewed admitted to making plans to cut on the numbers of paralegals working in their firms.

5 Questions You Should Use When Setting Your Goals

HowToBecomeAParalegal

As 2017 draws to a close, many people are thinking about what they’d like to accomplish in 2018. Goal setting is a wonderful way to prioritize what you’d like to accomplish. Yet, many people find the process of goal setting an overwhelming proposition. In addition to following the SMART method for goal setting, which will be explained below, there are some questions you should ask yourself. A Quick Refresher on SMART Goal Setting.

Best Christmas EVER!

LawActually

I’ve been confounded by Asda’s marketing campaign for Christmas 2017 which has been thrust under my nose every time I open a Metro or turn on the TV for the last few weeks. I’m fricking sick of it. That campaign, of course, is the one promising people (but presumably only those who shop at Asda) the best Christmas ever. Yes - I've really cut this out from the paper and scanned it in.) Christmas. Ever. I mean - Christ. where do you go from there?

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Top 10 Moments of 2017!

TheRobertsonReader

As 2017 draws to a close, we found ourselves reminiscing some of the greatest moments of the year. We have grown a lot in the past 12 months and are so proud of our students and staff for continually working hard to achieve their goals and enhancing industry standards. So in true New Year’s Eve tradition, countdown with us some of our favourite moments of 2017: #10 Busy Bees Our Students know how to keep busy.

Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials of Wealth Management

Speaker: Vi Pham, Attorney at Law

Wealth management is a guaranteed practice: as paralegals, it's essential that you know the complexities of wealth management in order to ensure that your client's rights are protected to their fullest extent. Join Vi Pham, Attorney and educator, in this exclusive webinar that will leave you feeling brushed up and ready. This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.

Happy 131st Anniversary to the Hole Punch!

LegalSecretariesRock

Thanks to "google doodle" I know that today marks the 131st anniversary of the hole punch. The doodle is adorable and it's a fun little fact, but then I started thinking about how important the hole punch is in this profession. I mean, there are courts that will toss your documents if they aren't punched in just the right place. And some Judges have very specific rules - 2 at the top - 3 at the side.

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In Honor of Heather Heyer – The Paralegals STAND

TheParalegalSociety

By: Jamie Collins It is with heavy hearts, we post this tribute in honor of Heather Heyer, a paralegal, who … Continue reading → General assistant heather heyer honor law firm legal paralegal scholarship story the paralegal soiety tribute

What Do Startups Need to Know About Data Privacy Law?

Strictly Business

It’s hard to imagine a startup that does not collect some form of sensitive information in digital form, and the collection, use, and disclosure of such information is regulated under federal, state, and even international laws.

New Congressional Attempts to Impose a Performance Royalty for Sound Recordings on Broadcast Radio, Including the PROMOTE Act – What Do They Provide?

Broadcast Law Blog

In the last month, there have been two bills introduced in the US House of Representatives seeking to impose a performance royalty for sound recordings on broadcast radio stations in the US.

Lawyer for man dragged from plane sees lawsuit likelihood, wants to stop airline bullying

ABAJournal

A lawyer for the man dragged from a United Airlines plane said at a press conference on Thursday that his client will need reconstructive surgery…

Evolve Law’s Access to Justice Through Technology Event in Denver

LegalTalkNetwork

Experts in the legal field are wracking their brains and resources to find a solution to the access to justice gap. For some lawyers, technology is the key to solving the issue. Many of these progressive lawyers met at Lawgical’s Denver office in order to discuss what technologies they are currently using to close the gap and future actions to achieve access to justice for all.

How Your Clients Interview You (and how a virtual legal team can help)

Lawfecta

Technology has changed how customers find and evaluate businesses, including lawyers and law firms. Gone are the days when prospective clients rely exclusively on word of mouth too, as are the days where the interview of the attorney begins with the initial consultation. Today’s prospective legal clients use a mix of personal relationships and digital resources to begin interviewing an attorney before they ever meet them.

Paralegal Ranked #15 in the Best Social Jobs Category Rankings in the USA

Paralegal-Edu.Org

Best Jobs U.S News and World Report has ranked Paralegal work #15 in the best social jobs category, for the year 2017. There is a popular saying in the legal world and it goes something like, “behind every prodigious lawyer, is a prodigious paralegal.” Many will argue that there is truth in this saying because the paralegal is the one who aids attorneys in practically every aspect of the legal profession.

Job Interview Tips for New Paralegals

HowToBecomeAParalegal

A new reality show emerged, and it centers around one of the world’s scariest occurrences: being interviewed for a job. The Job Interview brings the interview process live to your television. It involves real employers interviewing real people for real jobs. And job interviews? They are nerve-wracking. You’re being judged for your merits, your education, and your experience in a very short amount of time. In honor of The Job Interview, here are tips new paralegals can use for their interviews.

Christmas sandwiches

LawActually

Since 2010, November has always brought with it the first opportunity since the previous December to wrap my chubby little chops around a Christmas-themed sandwich during my lunch hour. As you can tell, I'm something of a lunchtime gourmet when I venture into the office. Imagine my delight when today, after two weeks of eagerly looking, I finally spotted the Christmas butties neatly haphazardly displayed on the chiller shelf in Sainsbury's Local.

Winnipeg Medical Laboratory Assistant Program Students Ace CSMLS Board Exams

TheRobertsonReader

Robertson College Winnipeg is thrilled to announce that the Medical Laboratory Assistant program (MLA14) students achieved a 93% pass rate in the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) Board Exams held in October 2017. The national average pass rate for the exam was 70%. CSMLS is the national certifying body for medical laboratory professionals. It aims to promote nationally accepted standards for medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants.

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The Relationship Between Alcoholism And Divorce

MyLegalAssistants

By Susan Saper Galamba. Statistics show that alcohol is the number one drug problem in the United States. It also tends to be a big problem in divorces. There has been a significant increase in cases in the last two or three years in which I have seen one spouse claim that the other spouse abused alcohol. Generally, the spouse I meet with claims that his or her spouse is an alcoholic.

Law Firms Microchipping Employees? (Not. Freaking. Happening.)

TheParalegalSociety

By: Jamie Collins I’m sure you’ve seen that tech CEO from Wisconsin in the news proclaiming his proud plans to … Continue reading → Aspiring Paralegal Crazy Paralegal Experienced Paralegal General Societal Issues article attorney employees employer jamie collins law firm lawyer legal microchipping news office opinion paralegal post thoughts trend

3(c)(1) Funds vs. 3(c)(7) Funds

Strictly Business

The process of starting a new hedge fund or private equity fund involves choosing whether the fund will be structured as a “3(c)(1) fund” or a “3(c)(7) fund.”

As Super Bowl Approaches, Advertisers Should Be Aware of The NFL’s Efforts to Protect Its Golden Goose – 2017 Update

Broadcast Law Blog

Last year, we posted some guidelines about engaging in or accepting advertising or promotions that directly or indirectly alludes to the Super Bowl without a license from the NFL. We are at that time of year again, so here is an updated version of our prior post. In addition to the monies it receives annually for the right to broadcast the Super Bowl, the NFL receives more than $1 billion in income from licensing the use of the SUPER BOWL trademark and logo.

Do Firms Want Secretaries Who Get the Job Done or Secretaries Who Look Good Doing It? Aging in the Workplace

LegalSecretariesRock

It happens to the best of us. And while I'm not sure when I first became aware of it, I'm fairly certain that once you reach the ripe old age of 40 it starts to peek at you in one form or another. Many of us "seasoned secretaries" (like myself) may have been too busy working hard to actually take note of the first time they realized that some of their attorneys don't just want the job done, they want someone who looks "perfect" doing it. Unfortunately, we can't have everything we want.

3 Tricks to Make the Most of the New Podcast App in iOS 11

LegalTalkNetwork

The new version of the native Apple Podcasts app (the one that comes with your iPhone) came with quite a few changes. I, for one, thought they were confusing. I wasn’t able to find my favorite podcasts, episodes from podcasts I wasn’t subscribed to popped up at the top of my home screen, and I was using so much more data and space! Around the time this update happened, I agreed to help my brother move back to Colorado from Oregon (I know, family love knows no bounds).

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You’re losing money, buy back your time – Hire a virtual assistant

Lawfecta

You’re Losing Money. Why hire a virtual assistant? Think about how many tasks you did today that lost you money. Did you do your own accounting? Your own retainers? Your own legal research? Any other mundane task that you could have delegated? Then you lost money. Hiring a virtual assistant can eliminate the money burn, and actually put money back into your pocket. Wise words: You need to establish your value within your business, buy your own time, and outsource everything else.

Erwin Chemerinsky named to lead Berkeley Law

ABAJournal

Erwin Chemerinsky has been selected as dean for the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Chemerinsky, the founding dean of University of California Irvine…

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Research Resource: How to Find Primary Authorities

HowToBecomeAParalegal

When you’re a new paralegal or even as a paralegal student, it can be hard to find primary authorities during the research phase of a case. Yet, that’s not always easy to do in some areas of law; and even if you find some things that you think might be primary authority, how do you know for sure? Computer-assisted legal research platforms, such as LexisNexis or WestLaw, aren’t cheap. The free resources may not always be up-to-date.