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Interview with Author Charlsye Smith Diaz, PhD

The Legaco Express for Paralegals (LEX):

1. As the coordinator for Technical and Professional Writing at the University of Maine, what do you recommend to paralegals do to improve their writing skills?

Charlsye Smith Diaz:

Paralegals tend to be very good writers, but sometimes working alongside attorneys who had worked for three years in law school to sharpen their own writing skills can be intimidating.

Blog: No, I Can’t Give Legal Advice!

I love my friends, don’t get me wrong, and my best friend, well, there is nothing I wouldn’t do for her. Okay, maybe there are a couple of things I wouldn’t do, like give legal advice or put out a hit, but other than that, I can’t think of too much that I wouldn’t do when she asks for my help. No matter how many times I tell my friends that I can’t give legal advice, they will still call with a question asking me “what would you do!”

Blog: Ethical Walls

When a firm hires a paralegal who has worked for opposing counsel or an opposing client, the entire firm should be notified that an ethical wall is to be erected around the paralegal and that no one may do the following:

Blog: Legal Research: Going Beyond Legal Terminology

One of the many specialized tasks a paralegal performs is legal research. Our extensive training comprises of (but no limited too) research planning, generating keyword search terms and phrases, understanding primary and secondary sources, and knowing how case laws are recorded. Research today is typically performed electronically, via the internet. Consequently, paralegal research training has become extensive, that is, beyond the scope of legal terminology. Performing organic searches on the internet (on any given topic) requires a paralegal to have knowledge in search engine optimization or (SEO), and applying Boolean Logic.

News: Survey of Chief Legal Officers Shows Greater Emphasis on Paralegals

Over 200 general counsels participated in the Altman Weil 2012 Chief Legal Officer (CLO) Survey which has just been published. According to this report, general counsels are busy re-negotiating outside counsel fees, shifting work to lower-priced law firms, increasing in-house capacity, opting for alternative service providers and using new technology — all to develop a more cost-effective legal services model.

Below, we have compiled some of the most interesting results that directly affect paralegals.

News: Paralegals Volunteering on Election Day

For thousands of legal professionals across the country, Election Day means a great opportunity to use their legal expertise to benefit society as a whole by volunteering to ensure orderly voting.

Blog: No Paralegal Experience?

Time and time again I hear from paralegal hopefuls who say that they have no paralegal experience, but want to break into the legal field. Since most states have no set requirements to work as a paralegal, employees get to pretty much set their own requirements. These requirements can be any combination of education, work experience or certification, or none of the above.

News: How to Win a Lawsuit for Overtime Pay

A few days ago, another interesting ruling regarding overtime pay addressing the question of who can be considered an exempt professional was published.

Adina Kadden,a law school graduate who had been hired as a $75,000-a-year litigation graphics consultant, brought a lawsuit against her former employer Visualex (a company that provides graphics and trial support services to law firms in connection with large litigations) pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to recover unpaid over time.

Blog: Winter Is Coming ... Easy Ways to Energize Yourself and Lighten Up the Office Atmosphere

As the days are getting shorter and we are approaching the Holiday season, working in a closed office space is often more challenging during this time of the year than at any other time.

Everything seems to take more energy, maybe simply because there is less sunlight or because the temperatures are increasingly lower. In any case, it seems that Fall is the season where making the office space more fun can make the most difference.

Paralegal Gift Ideas

New Technology Series: Repositories & Trial Presentation Software

Repositories & Trial Presentation Software: Why Use Them and How to Use Them Efficiently.

—— Repositories - Safe keeping or Preservation ——

Wikipedia defines a Repository as commonly referring to a location for storage, often for safety or preservation.

As a paralegal one of our fundamental tasks is to be the custodian of the information related to the file. That information must be kept safe.