Category Archives: Paralegal

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…

Paralegal Section Member Spotlight: Mitzi Wortman

Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR In my interview of BASF Paralegal Section’s Mitzi Wortman, she shares her path to becoming a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and the deepest influences in…

Paralegal Section Member Spotlight: Rhonda Andrew

In my interview of Vice Chair Rhonda Andrew, Senior Litigation Paralegal at Keker & Van Nest, she shares her unique path to becoming a paralegal and the driving forces in…

The Top Three Unauthorized Practice of Law Scenarios for Paralegals to Avoid

By Teri Cannon, Lawyer, Author, and Higher Education Consultant, Minerva Project Below are three situations that i commonly see throughout the United States that may result in Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)…

Navigating the 2016 Talent Market

Sarah Pisani, Nelson & Associates In today’s talent market, finding and retaining qualified employees can be challenging. In a 2015 survey, nearly 30% of U.S. companies reported experiencing a candidate…

Paralegal Corner: Meet Dennis Hanshew

By Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR In my interview of BASF Paralegal Section’s Education Coordinator Dennis Hanshew, he discussed his unique path to becoming a paralegal, the most important skills…

Contract Paralegals are a Great Resource for Hire

Kristin Burbank, J.D. What is a contract paralegal? Unlike any other state, California is the only state that requires paralegals and legal assistants, which are synonymous (Business and Professions Code…

Paralegal Corner: Guidelines for Respectful Attorney-Reporter Relationships

By Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR A litigator schedules a two-hour deposition beginning at 4:00 p.m. The court reporter arrives at 3:30 p.m. Counsel agree at 6:00 p.m. to continue…

Do You Know What MCLEs Your Paralegal Needs?

Victoria Newman, PACE Registered Paralegal Every paralegal knows the MCLE requirements and reporting period for his or her attorney. They are familiar with the various ways attorneys earn MCLE—attending live…