Category Archives: Paralegal

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…

Wanted: Certified Paralegals

Daniel Pleasant, Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn I often see ads on job boards seeking “certified” paralegals. In the words of Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do…

Paralegal Corner: Collaboration of Legal Nurse Consultants with Paralegals and Attorneys

By Mitzi Wortman, RN-BC, CCM, LNCC A Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) can take any litigation case and review the medical records to provide valuable analysis for the legal team. Any…

The Court Reporter’s Dilemma: Interrupt or Drop

Ana Fatima Costa   No one likes to be interrupted, least of all the litigator who is hot on the trail of a crucial answer from a witness. Words are…

Five Tips for Creating a Marketable Legal Professional Resume

Sarah Pisani, Nelson Companies Most people can agree that it is a difficult task creating a marketable resume. How does one decide what to include, or determine what to take…

Elizabeth Tippin Speaks to San Francisco Legal Professionals Association

Thanks to BASF Mediation Services panelist Elizabeth Tippin, who recently presented an informative talk on mediation and arbitration to the San Francisco Legal Professionals Association at their monthly “Lunch and…

Celebrating Your Paralegal and Non-Attorney Staff

Victoria Newman, PACE Registered Paralegal®. Every April, a week is set aside to acknowledge the contributions of your administrative staff. Boss’ Day is celebrated every October. When do you celebrate…

BASF’s Newest Section Draws 85 Guests at CLE Seminar for Paralegals featuring Therese Cannon

Rhonda Andrew, Keker & Van Nest BASF’s Paralegal Section was launched in January and, to date, there are more than 80 members. I am proud to say that one of…