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Practice Tip: The New Ethics Rules and You! (ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20)

This month, long awaited revisions to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct were approved. These rule revisions are the result of years of study by the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, whose task was to evaluate the Model Rules and attorney regulation in light of the far-reaching changes technology has brought to the practice of law.

The revisions to the rules and comments all reflect an understanding of the much greater reliance on technology, electronic communication and electronically stored information in today’s law practice.

Here are the highlights.

New Technology Series: Be Part of the Steamroller - Not Part of the Road

Let’s place this in perspective, shall we? Forty years ago, the most advanced piece of technology in a law office — or heck, most any office — was an electric typewriter.  Is that an indicator about the advancement of technology today? We can buy the latest, greatest, newest technology on Monday - only to find out there is hotter, newer technology on Friday. It’s a New Era Folks! It’s the Digital Era - so as Paralegals, it is imperative that we get aboard and stay aboard the Technology Train! To stay up-to-date, we have to be diligent in our efforts.

Paralegal Life: A Paralegal on Capitol Hill

At 8:45 a.m. on hot summer days, you can find hundreds of interns, like myself, rushing off the blue and orange line trains of the Capitol South Metro station in Washington, D.C. It is here, where congressional interns begin their day, with copies of various newspapers, like the Washington Post in hand, while proudly wearing their intern badge, dubbed the “VIP Pass” by many. As we step off the platform, we settle-in for another nine-hour long journey on Capitol Hill for a day of answering phones, responding to constituent letters, giving Capitol Tours, attending committee hearings and completing legislative research on policy issues.

Blog: Sharpening my writing skills.

I have never been a fast writer. I tend to tinker with each sentence as a write it. I write a few words, stop, pick a different word, stop, back up, wait, turn these words around, think, tinker, write a few words, stop, think, back up, change a word.

Well . . . you understand what I’m saying. It is like I’m trying to write a final version during the first draft. Rather silly, I know.

Blog: Electronic Briefs: Hyperlinking Your Way to A Positive Outcome

A few months ago, one of my attorney clients called on his way home from a hearing to discuss the briefing schedule the judge had outlined for our case.  The judge had also clearly indicated his preference for electronic briefs with hyperlinks to the cited legal authorities.  I docketed the briefing deadline and began to research the additional steps required to provide the judge exactly what he wanted.

Saying Goodbye to Sami K. Hartsfield, ACP

This article was written by Pamela Starr and first published on her blog "Pamela The Paralegal" on July 6, 2012.

The paralegal industry mourns the loss of one of its shining stars – Sami K. Hartsfield, ACP who had also been kind enough to contribute to this blog.

Book Review: What Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

You only have to be a parent six minutes to know that one lost, but essential item can wreck a morning faster than a corporate bankruptcy. Many time management books ignore instances like this one, so I wasn't sure what to expect from the new ebook, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life (Portfolio, 2012) by Laura Vanderkam. Vanderkam's book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think , changed my relationship to time for the better, so I immediately ordered her new ebook.

Practical Tip: What’s the “Meta” with You?

Have you recently sent an email to opposing counsel or electronically filed a document with the Clerk of the Court?

If you answered yes (you most likely did), the document contained metadata. In short, metadata is the information about the information contained within these documents. This information allows various programs to work with the different file formats and provide us a means to locate the file later.

Video: 5 Ways To Invest In Your Paralegal Career

Learn the best steps for investing in your paralegal career so that you reach your goals.

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Blog: Whistle While You Work

This post will have nothing to do with advice. I simply want to talk about something that helps me work harder and longer.

Indexing, cite checking, and formatting are not the most exciting things in the world, but I look at those tasks as a time in my day to relax.