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Economy prompts lawyers to consider trying paralegal work ...
By Jack Zemlicka,
MILWAUKEE, WI — Paralegal positions, while less lucrative than starting associate jobs, are becoming an attractive option for unemployed lawyers looking for work.
“I would say for every five resumes we receive today for paralegal positions, two are from either recent law school graduates or experienced attorneys,” said Mary Arnberg, chief human resources officer at Milwaukee-based Quarles & Brady LLP.
Though it’s a trend on the rise, Arnberg said a law degree...
Date: 2011-08-03 18:53:19
Battling Burnout – Long hours ... - North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
How do you know you’ve got a raging case of burnout?
Or at least that’s what one senior paralegal – we’ll call her PH – decided to do in order to cope with the stress of her long hours at a mid-sized law firm in Texas.
The job initially was OK, according to PH.
“But then the lead attorney woke up one day and decided that he really didn’t care anymore,” she said. “This, of course, placed a great deal of a burden on the paralegals and his associate, as he honestly did nothing...
Date: 2011-06-01 14:19:58
Q&A: Paralegal profession is suffering from an 'identity crisis ...
Champlin: To clear up the identity crisis and settle on one name for our profession – either legal assistant or paralegal. To that end, I would suggest NALA and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations merge. One strong, united paralegal voice and one certification standard would be of great benefit to the nation’s paralegals. With increased pressure by clients for quality, cost-efficient legal services performed at the right level, this is a wonderful time to be a...
Date: 2010-11-23 20:03:59
Paralegal - North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
Westbrook has been a real estate paralegal with Elizabeth R. Harrison, Attorney at Law, PC, since graduating from Meredith’s Paralegal Program in 2006. Prior to attending Meredith, she worked as an accounting clerk for a law firm.
She obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Campbell University in 2002. She is a member of Mid-Way Baptist Church in Raleigh, where she is active in missions and the children’s ministry.
Westbrook lives in Clayton, North Carolina, with her pets Jasmine,...
Date: 2011-08-03 18:37:29
Researching and investigating drew her to the career | Paralegal
Lindsay C. Casenhiser earned a bachelor of arts in history from the College of Charleston. Her paralegal certificate in litigation is from Greenville Technical College.
She began her career in 2004 at Motley Rice in Charleston, S.C., and is now at Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A. in the Greenville, S.C., office.
CPN: How long have you been a paralegal?
LLC: I was drawn to the career because of the broad scope of the field and the ability to utilize my interests in researching and...
Date: 2011-06-01 17:17:33
What do you really want? Create your own vision today | Paralegal
In the past we have written a lot about how to do your job better, which got us to thinking about how to feel better about yourself. We have talked to many paralegals out there and the one theme we hear loud and clear is uneasiness about the future. There is a lot of stress out there.
Some of that is being caused by not knowing what you want, some is the current economy and some is just human nature. Some things you can’t change. But there are lots of things you can change if you know what...
Date: 2011-10-05 12:59:15
Lessons in leadership from those who are there | Paralegal
A former president of the Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association and former officer and board member of the North Carolina Paralegal Association, Lawrence said: “Once I started volunteering at the local level, with the encouragement of my colleagues, it seemed a natural progression to take my volunteer efforts to the state level. While I held positions during some of my busiest times at work, I managed to get everything done at my job and in the volunteer position. I didn’t always have the...
Date: 2011-06-01 17:57:15
Paralegal's goal for 2011 is same ... - North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
Kathy McDermott is an intellectual property paralegal for Coats and Bennett in Cary, N.C. She primarily focuses on U.S. and foreign patent work. McDermott received a certificate in paralegal studies from the University of Colorado and is currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice technology at Wake Technical Community College. She is a member of the Research Triangle Paralegal Association and the N.C. Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.
CPN: How long have you been a paralegal?...
Date: 2011-06-01 14:13:50
In The Spotlight – July 2011 | Paralegal
Hines has obtained the designation of Certified Paralegal from NALA and the designation of North Carolina Certified Paralegal through the North Carolina State Bar.
In addition to her professional contributions, Hines is involved with community services such as InterAct, which supports domestic violence victims, Habitat for Humanity, North Carolina Food Bank, Wills for Heroes, Student Paralegal Programs and Mentoring, Guardian Ad Litem Christmas for Children, and the Young Lawyers Division...
Date: 2011-08-03 18:43:47
In the spotlight – September 2011 | Paralegal
Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer, P.A. of Durham is pleased to announce that Kaye Summers recently attended The Association of Legal Assistants / Paralegals (NALA) 36th annual meeting and awards celebration in Dallas, where she received the 2011 Affiliates Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions and dedication to the advancement of the legal assistant profession through volunteer service to NALA affiliated associations.
Summers has been a member of the North Carolina Paralegal...
Date: 2011-09-27 18:47:52