Category Archives: Paralegal

Paralegal Corner: Absence of Court Reporters in Family Law Courts = Access to Justice Denied

By Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR   California courts’ ongoing funding crisis is failing those most vulnerable. Since 2009, the nation’s largest judicial branch has been deprived of hundreds of…

10 Red Flags of Potentially Difficult Clients

By Dennis Hanshew Blacker, Sammis & Blacker Paralegals and other non-attorney professionals are often tasked with the initial potential client intake interview. The first consideration is to determine if there…

How to Prevent the Leading Cause of Malpractice Claims

By Anna Fatima Costa Are you still using Outlook, spreadsheets or hand-written “cheat sheets” to track crucial calendar deadlines? It’s time to seriously evaluate your processes. On March 22, 2017,…

Section Member Spotlight: Ana Fatima Costa

By Rhonda Andrew, Keker Van Nest & Peters Author. Speaker. Mother. Coach. These are just a few of the words used to describe Ana Fatima Costa, marketing coordinator for BASF’s…

Client Service Strategies for Paralegals

By Javier Morelos Hersh FamilyLaw Practice When working directly with clients, it is important to develop and maintain client service strategies to ensure their satisfaction with your firm. Achieving client…

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…