Category Archives: Paralegal

Court Reporting Ethics Panel Takes On Controversial Topics

By Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR (Ret.) During the recent CLE program “Can You Say That? Legal Ethics of Working with Court Reporters,” put on by the Paralegal Section, these…

Paralegals and Legal Staff: Make a Difference Through Pro Bono

By Hazel Mottershead, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein   “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1960 Most…

Competing for Talent in 2017

By Legal Staffing and Recruiting Experts at Nelson & Associates The world of work is changing. Sweeping global forces and technological advancements continue to reshape how companies do business. With…

Paralegals Must Take More Ethics MCLEs Than Attorneys, But Why?

Daniel Pleasant, ACP Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn The State Bar of California requires attorneys to complete 25 total hours of MCLEs per three-year reporting period, four hours of which…

Share Your Voice and Passion by Joining the Paralegal Section

By Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR In January 2015, The Bar Association of San Francisco launched its first non attorney section with a mission to instill an ethos of professionalism…

Five Timeless Tips to Make Every Minute Count

By Regina Maciula Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean   “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so when you do it, it’s not all messed up.” – Christopher…

Skyline College’s Paralegal Clinic: Inspiring Agents for Change

Jesse W. Raskin, J.D.   Access to justice for all is a serious issue. The American Bar Association acknowledges that the legal profession fails to adequately address the “major gap…

Seven Timeless Tips to Achieving Success at Your New Job

Victoria Newman, RP Congratulations on getting that job with the law firm! Whether you are an attorney, paralegal, law clerk, secretary, office manager or other member of a legal team,…

Paralegal Corner: Maintaining Marketability (and Sanity!) in a Competitive Job Market

Javier Morelos, Hersh FamilyLaw Practice The Bureau of Labor and Statistics lists the San Francisco Bay Area as the top-paying metropolitan area in the nation for paralegals, but it is…

Family Law Disclosure Forms: The Ins and Outs

In late April, BASF’s Paralegal Section hosted a presentation about Family Law disclosure forms. The speakers included David Blacker, a partner at Blacker, Sammis & Blacker; Patricia Pennington, RP®, a…