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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.

News: A New Survey Studies Career Trends for Paralegals

A new survey by Abelson Legal Search, assessing job satisfaction, backgrounds, and experiences of more than 1,300 paralegals, has just been published in The Legal Intelligencer.

Below, we have compiled some of the most significant results.

The Legaco Express for Paralegals Celebrates Its 1st Anniverary

Happy 4th of July to all of our readers!

Although we have been disrupted by the "derecho"-type storm that hit the Mid-Atlantic region last Friday, we are in great spirits and couldn't be happier thanks to the incredible response that you, colleagues and fellow members of the paralegal profession, have afforded our newsletter and blog over the last 12 months!

News: Mid-Atlantic Still Reeling from Storm Damage

After almost one week after a so-called "derecho"-type storm passed through the Mid-Atlantic Area, severely damaging residential neighborhoods and disrupting businesses, about 1 million households, mainly in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia, are still without power.

Many DC area residents have taken to municipal pools and the museums on the Washington Mall to cool off amid the sweltering heat and find refuge from less severe follow-up storms.

Video: Legal Ethics and Twitter

Old rules, new tools: the challenge of social media for legal professionals.

Are there any ethical concerns raised by legal professionals’ use of Twitter?

Interesting answers by Robert J. Ambrogi, a Massachusetts lawyer, writer and media consultant.

News: Washington State Supreme Court approves new ‘Legal Technicians’ rule

On June 15th, the Washington State Supreme Court approved the proposed Admission to Practice Rule 28 which creates a new legal service provider category named Limited License Legal Technician.


The rule is intended to permit trained Limited License Legal Technicians to provide limited legal assistance under carefully regulated circumstances in ways that expand the affordability of quality legal assistance and protect the public interest.

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.

News: Paralegal Alleges She Was Wrongfully Terminated for Refusing to Send a "Fraudulent Invoice"

Michele Burch, who was working as a paralegal for Steidley & Elsom, LLC in Houston, Texas, alleges she was wrongfully terminated by the firm for refusing to send what she qualified as a "fraudulent invoice" to an "unsuspecting purchaser."

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.

Event: 31st Annual Conference - AAfPE

AAfPE's 31st Annual Conference, October 10-13, 2012, will be held in Savannah, Georgia.