Category Archives: Paralegal

Paralegal Section News: November 2017

  The Paralegal Section’s third year is coming to a close with a bang! BASF’s first non-attorney section was the brainchild of Director of Continuing Legal Education Raquel Cabading, who recognized a…

Navigating the Legal Workplace to Land Your Dream Job

By Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR In May, BASF’s Paralegal Section hosted a CLE presentation titled “Navigating the Legal Workplace” covering a wide range of topics: effective resume writing and…

Wanted: Nominees for Paralegal Awards and New Executive Committee Members

By Victoria Newman, RP ANNUAL AWARDS How would you like to show some appreciation for your hard-working legal support staff? Now is your chance! The Paralegal Section of The Bar…

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 experienced budget cuts in the hundreds of millions…

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…