Category Archives: Paralegal

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…

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…