Posts Tagged ‘PR’

Pew PR: Paralegal Promoted

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Many things have to come together for the paralegal profession to gain a solid identity. One area of which we are seeing more recently is law firms publicly recognizing the role and value of paralegals in their firms. The Pew Law Center in Phoenix, Arizona, clearly sees the value of a newly promoted paralegal, but also sees the PR value to the firm as well as the value of educating the public as to what a paralegal’s role is on the legal team. This lead-in from a recent PR release from The Pew Law Center illustrates the point: MESA, ARIZONA, February 21, 2011 — The Pew Law Center, PLLC has named Jane Cauthen lead paralegal for the firm’s Phoenix office. Cauthen, who has been with the Pew Law Center as a staff paralegal since 2009, works with the firm’s attorneys in assisting clients who are filing for bankruptcy in Arizona, including chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcies, chapter 13 protection, foreclosures, car repossession, credit issues, tax problems and all issues involving Arizona bankruptcy law.

Cauthen is a native of Pima, Arizona and moved to Phoenix in 2003.

Lawrence “D” Pew Esq., managing bankruptcy attorney at the Pew Law Center, says Cauthen is a valuable member of the Phoenix office team.

“Her energy and dedication to her work earned Ms. Cauthen this promotion,” Pew said. “We are fortunate to have her as a member of our team.”

Cauthen’s responsibilities include research, drafting documents and legal reports, and assisting Pew’s bankruptcy and debt relief attorneys in trial preparation.

The legal profession in general, the paralegal portion of that profession,  the law firms publicly recognizing the value of paralegals in their firm and the public will all benefit from doing so. I look forward to more.

News of Two Everyday Events is Significant

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Two stories about everyday events are in the news, and that is good news for the paralegal profession. One is a report of a paralegal receiving advanced certification and one is about a paralegal being hired. What is significant here is that both appear to be press releases from law firms who recognize the importance of paralegals to their firms, and the value that can be added to the firm when the public knows their paralegals and the qualifications of their paralegals. The mere fact that the firms viewed these events as a PR opportunity is a good sign for the paralegal profession and the prospects for establishing a professional identity. Here are the two stories:

Local paralegal awarded advanced designation
Meredith Lazarski, paralegal with the law firm of Hale & Bolchoz on Hilton Head Island, has been awarded the Advanced Certified Paralegal designation by NALA, the association of legal assistants/paralegals. Lazarski now is authorized to use the “ACP” designation, and might pursue advanced certification in other legal disciplines in the future. Lazarski also is a member and officer of the National Association for Legal Secretaries’ local association, Hilton Head Legal Staff Professionals.

Zarian, Midgley and Johnson, PLLC, has announced that Greg Bradford has joined the firm as the newest member of its paralegal team. Bradford will focus his work on litigation support. He has more than five years experience as a litigation paralegal and is the current vice president of education for the Idaho Association of Paralegals.
Bradford earned his Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from California State University, Fresno. He is fluent in Spanish.