Archive for March, 2013

File Checklists and Blog Lists

Friday, March 29th, 2013

No, I haven’t forgotten I have a blog! I am on a deadline to get The Empowered Paralegal Cause of Action Handbook to the publisher, so I’ve had to move posting down in my priority list. Fortunately there are still several paralegal blogs of interest out there in the blogosphere. As Barbara Liss  points out on the NPFA LinkedIn discussion board, “The ABA Maintains a Paralegal Blogs List! The ABA’s website has a great resource directory for paralegal blogs! Check it out:” and “Paralegals – ABA Journal The ABA Journal is read by half of the nation’s 1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.”

This blog is not on any ABA blog lists of which I am aware. I like to think it is because I am an attorney writing for and about the paralegal profession not a paralegal, so it does not qualify for the paralegal blog list or the attorney blog list. I suppose it just be though that they don’t like the blog.

In another NFPA LinkedIn discussion, Jaylin asks, “Hi! I work in a small law firm with three attorneys, and I am the only paralegal. I want to create a checklist to keep track of the routine process that each file goes through. It is meant to be a reminder to me and the attorneys of what still needs to be done with that specific client. The checklist should include items such as retainer amount, received Attorney-Client Agreement, checked deadlines of Statutes of Limitation, tasks requested by the client, etc. Do any of you have such a checklist that you like that you can forward to me? I appreciate any ideas that you have. Thank you!” Marianna Fradman of the NYCPA responds with a reference to a piece by Oliver Gierke, a contributor to The Empowered Paralegal Professionalism Anthology, “I would recommend an article posted on IPE website by Oliver Gierke. Although written with a complex litigation case in mind, it spells the basic rules that can be applied to any case. I hope that you will find it helpful. Here is the link I’m a big fan of checklists and organizational aides. A paralegal professional is well-organized and, like Jaylin, takes the initiative to assist in making the entire law office more effective and efficient.

Introduction to Law Enforcement

Friday, March 8th, 2013

It does not really pertain to paralegals much, but just to show I’ve not been doing nothing:

Introduction to Law Enforcement





Chapters 12 and 13 are clearly the high points!

NFPA Scholarships Applications Available

Friday, March 1st, 2013

This just in from NFPA:

NFPA is proud to announce the essay topic for the 2013 NFPA/Thomson Reuters scholarships is now available at the Application form. There are two scholarships available: first place is $3,000 and second place is $2,000.
This scholarship opportunity is open to both member and non-member students of NFPA. The deadline for submission of completed applications and accompanying documents is July 1, 2013. Winners will be provided a travel stipend to attend the NFPA Annual Convention in Hartford, CT in October and will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 5. Notification will be provided to the winners on or about August 26, 2013.
Please share this information with any students you may know and with paralegal programs in your area.