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Articles by Subject

The list below is organized by subject and contains most of the articles published by Paralegal Today since 2006. Many of the articles below are online, free and full-text. This list will continue to grow and include articles prior to 2006. For complete lists of articles published in Paralegal Today and organized by year, please visit the Issue Archive page and click on the years under "Index to Articles."

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Career

Paralegal Certification

Reviews

ASPs, SaaS, Web-based Repositories

Case/Practice Management

Case Management — Legal Specialty

Corporate

Document Management

E-mail and E-mail Add-ons

Electronic Discovery

Electronic Security

Hardware/Gadgets

Legal Research

Legal-Specific Litigation Support

Miscellaneous

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Speech Recognition/Dictation

Time and Billing/Accounting

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Word Processing/Add-Ons/Proof Reading

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Ethics

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Career

Writing Paralegal Resumes – Tips for experienced and new paralegals. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters also are included. By Linda T. Chin September 2008 Web Exclusive

 

A Perfect Fit – Three career options for experienced paralegals. By Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. November/December 2007

 

The Hybrid Paralegal – Do you have the technology know-how for this new career?
By Milton Hooper
May/June 2007

 

Are You Ready to Offer Freelance Paralegal Services? – A look at four paralegals who have made it big. By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS March/April 2007

 

So You Want to Teach? – Find out what it takes to break into the world of paralegal education. By Allyson T. Collins January/February 2007

 

Seal the Deal – Paralegal notaries are in high demand. By Timothy S. Reiniger, Esq. January/February 2007

 

Career Advice: Learning How to Say No – Avoid feeling overwhelmed by your workload. By Gary Melhuish January/February 2007

 

The Hottest Corporate Practice Areas – Four in-house paralegals describe what it’s like to work in the most sizzling fields. By Ursula Furi-Perry November/December 2006

 

Career Advice: Seven Ways to Lose Your Job – Learn the most common reasons for firing paralegals. By Elizabeth A. Gillis March/April 2006

 

The Next Step in Your Paralegal Employment – Evaluating a new paralegal job while gracefully leaving an old one. By Brad Baber March/April 2006

 

Flying Solo – Paralegal Today’s Freelance Survey results. By the editors of Paralegal Today March/April 2006

 

Sidebar: Persuading Attorneys to Use Freelancers – By Liz Miller March/April 2006

 

Learn How to Climb Outside of Your Comfort Zone – By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS,
and Mark Gorkin, “The Stress Doc”
May/June 2006

 

A Look at Graduate-Level Paralegal Studies – What will your next education move be?
By Rod Hughes 
January/February 2006

 

Marketing Your Paralegal Services – Strategies for freelance paralegals. By Rachel Ng March/April 2005

   

Vendor Management – How paralegals can get the most out of vendor relationships.
By JP Kubicki
March/April 2005

  

Knowledge Management – How paralegals can head up KM projects for their firms.
By Linda A. Potter
January/February 2005

 

The Ultimate Paralegal Resource Guide – The 10 areas of information you should always have at your fingertips. By Neal R. Bevans January/February 2005

    

A Look at Paralegal Employment Options – Your skills provide the foundation for a variety of careers. By Rachel Campbell March/April 2004

 

Advice From Experienced Paralegals – Paralegals with 20 plus years in the field share their tips for success in an ever-changing profession. By Rachel Campbell January/February 2004

   

Paralegal or Legal Assistant? – The debate over professional titles continues. By Rod Hughes November/December 2002

  

Career Advice: Too Much Work and Not Enough Time? – Why teamwork is a paralegal's most effective legal strategy. By Kathleen Call September/October 2002

  

Career Advice: Effective Time Management Tips to Make Your Paralegal Job Easier – Prioritizing and managing your workflow. By Denise Templeton July/August 2002

  

Paralegal Employment and Exemption Status – Paralegals struggle to find the lesser of two evils. By Nancy Ritter July/August 2002

   

Paralegal Salary Negotiating Tips – By Dorothy M. Pritchett March/April 2001

  

Career Advice: Addressing Leaves of Absence – Ensure paralegal employment upon return. Web Exclusive By Mary Meinzinger Urisko January/February 2001

  

Tips for Paralegals Working With Foreign Language Clients – Misunderstandings, uncertainty prevail when communication fails. Overcome language barriers by following this practical advice to enhance your legal teams’ success. By D.L. Hawley September/October 2000

  

Paralegal Employment Ties – What keeps some paralegals with their current employers and what drives others away. By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CLS May/June 2000

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Corporate

Structurally Sound – Building the perfect corporate governance checklist. By Cynthia S. Couch November/December 2008

      

Corporate Comment: The UCC Breakdown – Preparing perfect Article 9 filings. By Carolyn M. Saenz, AACP November/December 2008

       

Corporate Comment: Covering Your Bases – Drafting effective licensing agreements.
By Carolyn M. Saenz, AACP
September/October 2008

 

Corporate Comment: The Ins and Outs of Wage Attachments – What you need to know about the garnishment process. By Carolyn M. Saenz, AACP July/August 2008

 

Corporate Comment: Expand Your Role – Tips for navigating real estate in the corporate world. By Carolyn M. Saenz, AACP May/June 2008

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: Corporate Caring – Pro Bono opportunities for transactional paralegals.
By Lori Thompson
 May/June 2008

 

Corporate Comment: A Good Year – Compiling an outstanding annual report.
By Carolyn M. Saenz, AACP
March/April 2008

 

Get Out of Neutral – Simple steps to put your corporate career in drive. By Sally A. Kane November/December 2007

 

Corporate Comment: Good Housekeeping – Your role as a corporate secretary.
By Carolyn M. Saenz, AACP
November/December 2007

 

Corporate Comment: The Client Within – Your role in working with in-house departments.
By Carolyn M. Saenz, AACP
 September/October 2007

 

In Good Form – Drafting an LLC Agreement. By James L. Leet and James Clarke July/August 2007

 

Corporate Comment: Expand Your Opportunities – Finding new challenges within the corporation. By Carolyn M. Saenz, AACP July/August 2007

 

A Paralegal's Guide to Managing Legal Entities – How to track corporate information with the latest Web-based applications. By Cary Griffith November/December 2006

 

The Hottest Corporate Practice Areas – Four in-house paralegals describe what it’s like to work in the most sizzling fields. By Ursula Furi-Perry November/December 2006

 

Corporate Comment: Working Together – A slow dance between corporate law departments and outside counsel. By Claudia J. Taller November/December 2006

 

Corporate Comment: Land Surveys and Standards – The ins and outs of survey review for corporate paralegals. By Claudia J. Taller September/October 2006

 

Corporate Comment: One World – Dealing with global business transactions and foreign laws. By Claudia J. Taller July/August 2006

 

Corporate Comment: Surfing the SEC Site – A guide to understanding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s online portal. By Claudia J. Taller May/June 2006

 

Corporate Comment: The Rise of the LLC – What you need to know to help form this popular business entity. By Claudia J. Taller March/April 2006

 

Corporate Comment: Setting the Corporate Record – How to gain control of a record books nightmare. By Claudia J. Taller January/February 2006

  

Sarbanes-Oxley – Almost four years later, paralegals still are trying to unscramble their increased workloads. By Cary Griffith January/February 2006

  

The DuPont Legal Model – A winning legal process to grow profits, streamline operations and utilize paralegals. By Ari Kaplan November/December 2005

  

Blue Sky Forecast – The paralegal’s role in blue sky securities laws. By Daniel P. McAndrews November/December 2005

   

Corporate Comment: Closing Checklist Example – September/October 2004

  

Case Management Programs for Corporate Paralegals – Case management programs are the right ticket for these large corporate legal departments. By Debra Levy Martinelli November/December 2003

  

Corporate Comment: Importance of Minute Book Maintenance – A well-organized corporate records book benefits both attorneys and paralegals. By Denise Annunciata March/April 2002

  

Finding Forms – Resources to assist paralegals in locating corporate and patent documents and templates. By Debra Levy November/December 2001

  

Drafting Contracts – 16 considerations for a paralegal to keep in mind. By Jeffrey A. Helewitz November/December 1999

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Ethics

By Therese A. Cannon, Nancy B. Heller, RP, and Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS

 

Client Communications – January/February 2009

Handling Closed Client Files – November/December 2008

Walking a Fine Line – September/October 2008

A New Job and Possible UPL – July/August 2008

Paralegals and Referral Fees – May/June 2008

Paralegals Signing for Attorneys – March/April 2008

Competence and Supervision – January/February 2008

The Ethics of Client Disclosures – November/December 2007

The Evolution of Paralegal Ethics – September/October 2007

An Obligation to Delegate Work? – July/August 2007

Ethics and the Media – May/June 2007

A Lack of Supervision – March/April 2007

Continuing Your Ethics Education – January/February 2007

Ethical Nightmares – November/December 2006

Ethical Obligations at Trial – September/October 2006

Marketing Freelance Services – July/August 2006

Avoiding Technology Traps – May/June 2006

Finding Ethics Resources – March/April 2006

Reporting Unethical Conduct – January/February 2006

The Worlds of Ethics and Technology Collide – The ethics rules for electronic communication that paralegals need to know. By  Kathryn A. Thompson September/October 2005

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How-To

How To Discover Business Assets – Finding hidden assets in divorce cases. By Nicholas L. Bourdeau January/February 2009

  

You, Too, Can Build a Web Site! – Create one for your firm using this handy-dandy reference guide. By Milton Hooper January/February 2009

   

How To Discover Personal Assets – Finding hidden assets in divorce cases. By Nicholas L. Bourdeau November/December 2008

    

How to Protect Inheritance Assets – Creating shifting trust provisions. By Alan R. Eber September/October 2008

 

How To Interview Clients – A paralegal's guide to taking initial calls from personal injury clients. By Ellsworth T. "Derry" Rundlett III July/August 2008

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Legal Research

Legal Research & Writing: Step Up Your Search – These tools will help you target the information your case needs fast. By Mark A. Gediman January/February 2009

   

Legal Research & Writing: Working 9 to 5 – Labor and employment resources that get the job done. By Mark A. Gediman September/October 2008

 

Legal Research & Writing: Noteworthy News – Finding the most relevant articles for your firm. By Mark A. Gediman May/June 2008

 

Legal Research & Writing: There’s No Place Like Home – Helpful tools for researching U.S. companies. By Mark A. Gediman January/February 2008

 

Legal Research & Writing: It’s a Small World After All – Researching foreign companies.
By Mark A. Gediman
September/October 2007

 

Legal Research & Writing: Real Estate Research – Reliable resources for property predicaments. By Mark A. Gediman May/June 2007

 

Legal Research & Writing: Legal Research in 2007 – A look at cool new tools from LexisNexis and West. By Mark Gediman January/February 2007

 

Legal Research & Writing: Thought Equity – Intellectual property resources.
By Mark A. Gediman
November/December 2006

 

Legal Research & Writing: Good Day, Sunshine – A review of environmental resources.
By Mark A. Gediman
July/August 2006

 

Legal Research & Writing: Making Research Easier – What is new on LexisNexis and Westlaw. By Mark A. Gediman January/February 2006

  

Tips for Unlocking Medical Records That Will Make a Paralegal's Job Easier – Experts provide the keys to requesting, obtaining and reviewing these important documents. By Karen Clark, MS, RN; Patricia Iyer, RN, MSN, LNCC; Barbara Levin, BSN, RN, ONC, LNCC; Mary Ann Shea, JD, BS, RN July/August 2004

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Legal Writing

Legal Research & Writing: Master the Memorandum – Writing a better legal memo in five steps. By Christy Hall Benson, CLA November/December 2008

     

Legal Research & Writing: Editing Guidelines for the Paralegal – Polishing these skills can be an investment in your career. By Christy Hall Benson, CLA July/August 2008

 

Legal Research & Writing: A Call for Action – Writing persuasive demand letters.
By Christy Hall Benson, CLA
November/December 2007

 

Legal Research & Writing: Dear Client – How to draft effective opinion letters.
By Christy Hall Benson, CLA
July/August 2007

 

Legal Research & Writing: The Consequences of Bad Legal Writing – Avoiding reprimands, case dismissals and more. By Christy Hall Benson, CLA March/April 2007

 

Legal Research & Writing: Taking the Contract Challenge – How to draft clear, concise agreements. By Christy Hall Benson, CLA September/October 2006

 

Legal Writing for Personal Injury Cases – A paralegal's guide to drafting key documents leading up to trial. By Catherine Astl, CLA July/August 2006

 

Legal Research & Writing: Sentence Citations vs. Footnotes – What is the best method for citing cases in legal documents? By Juanita M. Greenfield May/June 2006

 

Guidelines for Drafting Stipulations of Settlement – By Jeffrey A. Helewitz
January/February 2004

   

Legal Research & Writing: Important Legal Writing Tools for Paralegals – Finishing your brief by crafting the Table of Contents and Table of Authorities. By Celia C. Elwell, RP November/December 2003 Cover page, Table of Contents, and Table of Authorities examples available online.

 

Legal Research & Writing: Drafting Straight-Forward Jury Instructions – A paralegal's guide to using simple, clear language to improve your jurors' comprehension. By Celia C. Elwell, RP January/February 2002

  

Drafting Contracts – 16 considerations for a paralegal to keep in mind. By Jeffrey A. Helewitz November/December 1999

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Litigation

In Good Form: Criminal Motion Practice – By Thomas J. Farrell January/February 2009

   

Litigation Corner: Working With Contract Lawyers – Help your firm manage document review expenses and data. By Oliver M. Gierke January/February 2009

   

Litigation Corner: Working With Subrogation Liens – Tips for finding and handling these potentially elusive liens. By Catherine Astl, CLA November/December 2008

      

Litigation Corner: The Changing Landscape of Litigation – ESI continues to impact paralegal roles and responsibilities. By Catherine Astl, CLA September/October 2008

 

Panning for Gold – Sifting through pre- and post-litigation reports for hidden evidence.
By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS, and Ellen Sheffer
July/August 2008

 

Litigation Corner: Practice Makes Perfect – Paralegals can run the show with mock trials.
By Catherine Astl, CLA
July/August 2008

 

Litigation Corner: Best Pick – Tips for choosing service providers for each case.
By Oliver Gierke
May/June 2008

 

In Good Form – DUI Discovery Forms and Motions. By Bruce Kapsack July/August 2008

 

Litigation Corner: The Mask of Discovery – Unveiling unique strategies to help with civil litigation cases. By Catherine Astl, CLA March/April 2008

 

Litigation Corner: Time to Shine – Due diligence for litigation paralegals. By Oliver M. Gierke January/February 2008

 

In Good Form – Pattern Interrogatories for Interference With Business Relations.
By Kevin R. Culhane
November/December 2007

 

Litigation Corner: A Decent Proposal – Negotiating a fair settlement. By Catherine Astl, CLA
November/December 2007

 

In Good Form – Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases. By Andrew H. Friedman September/October 2007

 

Litigation Corner: Off-Site Document Collection – Effective organization keeps you under budget and on time. By Oliver M. Gierke September/October 2007

 

Is Your War Room Fully Equipped? – The tools every paralegal needs to create a war room.
By Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D.
July/August 2007

 

Litigation Corner: The Ultimate Mediation Checklist – Summarizing the facts to reach a settlement. By Catherine Astl, CLA July/August 2007

 

Litigation Corner: Preparing Privilege Logs – Organization and a well-coded database are key elements. By Oliver M. Gierke May/June 2007

 

In Good Form – Keeping the Pressure On in Litigation Cases. By Leonard Bucklin March/April 2007

 

Litigation Corner: Reaching Out to the Jury – The paralegal’s role in opening and closing arguments. By Catherine Astl, CLA March/April 2007

 

Litigation Corner: Working on Complex Litigation – Tips for case management.
By Oliver M. Gierke
January/February 2007

 

Litigation Corner: Meet the Clients – A day in the life of discovery. By Catherine Astl, CLA November/December 2006

 

Hunt for Justice – A product-liability case turns into a maze of mayhem, bribery and deceit.
By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS
September/October 2006

 

Litigation Corner: Deposition Digests – Providing a clear, objective summary of testimony.
By Oliver M. Gierke September/October 2006

 

Do You Have the Timeline? – Illustrating a sequence of events can make your case.
By Milton Hooper
July/August 2006

 

Legal Writing for Personal Injury Cases – A paralegal's guide to drafting key documents leading up to trial. By Catherine Astl, CLA July/August 2006

 

Litigation Corner: Undaunting Depositions – Staying organized during large cases.
By Oliver M. Gierke
July/August 2006

 

Litigation Corner: Paralegals and Punitives – Organization is key when dealing with motions for punitive damages. By Catherine Astl, CLA May/June 2006

 

Litigation Corner: Expert Discovery – Paralegals can play an important part in this litigation phase. By Oliver M. Gierke March/April 2006

 

Litigation Corner: When Your Case Gets a Second Chance – Paralegals can play an important role in retrials. By Catherine Astl, CLA January/February 2006

 

Evaluating Crime and Accident Scenes – What paralegals should know about documenting these and interviewing witnesses. By Neal R. Bevans November/December 2004

   

Tips for Unlocking Medical Records That Will Make a Paralegal's Job Easier – Experts provide the keys to requesting, obtaining and reviewing these important documents. By Karen Clark, MS, RN; Patricia Iyer, RN, MSN, LNCC; Barbara Levin, BSN, RN, ONC, LNCC; Mary Ann Shea, JD, BS, RN July/August 2004

    

9 Critical Steps for Trial Preparation – Important items that all paralegals should keep in mind. By David J. Dempsey July/August 2003

  

An International Document Management Matter – Tips from a paralegal who has successfully managed a complex project. By Nancy Ritter July/August 2003

   

A Paralegal's Guide to Experts – Understanding Daubert and tips for finding qualified witnesses. By Joan A. Hopper July/August 2001

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Management

Manager's Desk: Take Aim – Why policies and procedures are such moving targets.
By Gayle E. Mitchel
March/April 2008

 

Manager's Desk: Paralegal Productivity – Using metrics to analyze your department’s performance. By Gayle E. Mitchel November/December 2007

 

Manager's Desk: Recruiting the Best – How to get in-demand paralegals on your team.
By paralegal managers from around the nation.
July/August 2007

 

Manager's Desk: Creating Career Opportunities – Tips for expanding your paralegal tier structure. By Melanie D. Whitcomb March/April 2007

 

Manager's Desk: Leveling the Playing Field – How to set up a tier structure in a law firm paralegal program. By Melanie D. Whitcomb January/February 2007

 

Manager's Desk: Managing in the Middle – Developing relationships with other firm managers. By Donna F. Prehm September/October 2006

 

Manager's Desk: Frustrated Employees and Possible Lawsuits – Learn how to retain paralegals and avoid litigation. By Fawn K. Barnes, CLA May/June 2006

 

Manager's Desk: Dealing With Office Politics – The dos and don’ts of creating a productive environment for your legal team. By Fawn K. Barnes, CLA January/February 2006

Paralegals at the Top – How paralegal managers help run some of the nation’s largest law firms. By Rachel Campbell September/October 2004

 

Secrets of Paralegal Management Unveiled – An insider's look at the role of paralegal managers. By Brad J. Baber, CLA March/April 2003

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Paralegal Certification

A Paralegal's Study Guide – Tips to take and pass the two most popular paralegal certification exams. By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS and Ann Price, RP January/February 2007

 

Paralegal Regulation in the United States – A look at paralegal certification activities and legislation across the nation. Compiled by Patrick Vuong March/April 2006

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Pro Bono

Pro Bono Spotlight: Picking Up the Pieces – Paralegal skills can help identity theft victims get back on track. By Lori Thompson January/February 2009 Web Exclusive

    

Pro Bono Spotlight: Fighting Foreclosure – Greater legal need creates more ways for paralegals to help. By Lori Thompson November/December 2008

     

Pro Bono Spotlight: Getting Affairs in Order – Estate planning pro bono opportunities for paralegals. By Lori Thompson September/October 2008

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: Stand Out From the Crowd – Nonprofit opportunities can enhance marketability for new paralegals. By Lori Thompson July/August 2008

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: Corporate Caring – Pro bono opportunities for transactional paralegals.
By Lori Thompson
May/June 2008

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: Debt Relief Paralegals – Reaching out to consumers in need of pro bono bankruptcy assistance. By Lori Thompson January/February 2008

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: Pro Bono Awards – A great opportunity to show appreciation for a job well done. By Lori Thompson November/December 2007

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: The CASA Movement – How paralegals can use their skills to advocate for children. By Lori Thompson July/August 2007

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: Federal Paradigm – Creating pro bono programs for government paralegals. By Lori Thompson May/June 2007

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: Working With Tax Clinics – Paralegals can ease tax woes for
low-income taxpayers. By Lori Thompson March/April 2007

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: The Legal Clinic – Paralegals add value to this pro bono endeavor.
By Lori Thompson
January/February 2007

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: Separate But Worthwhile Endeavors – The fine line between pro bono and community service work. By Lori Thompson September/October 2006

 

Getting Into the Pro Bono Game – Using your paralegal experience to start a firm-wide volunteer program. By Lori Thompson January/February 2006

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: A Day of Terror, A Lifetime of Recovery – A Washington, D.C. paralegal shares her Sept. 11 volunteer experience. By Lori Thompson January/February 2002

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Profiles

My Specialty: Criminal Defense Law – Stephen Hariton January/February 2009

    

Legal Teams: The Total Team Package – Joseph (Jay) V. Myers, Deidre A. Francis, Chelsea L. Wilson, Andrea Y. Boyd, Dione G. Watson, and Miriam B. Pinckney January/February 2009

   

40 Years and Still Going Strong – A look at four of the longest-running paralegal programs. By Ashley Johnson January/February 2009

   

A Presidential Calling – LAT ’s 2008 Rookie of the Year finds a passion in leadership. By Sally A. Kane, J.D. November/December 2008

    

Legal Teams: Mutual Respect and a Shared Work Ethic – Working together through the ranks has created an efficient team. Nuni Feliciano and Jessica Santos November/December 2008

     

My Specialty: Asbestos Litigation – Rose Hepner November/December 2008

    

Legal Teams: The Bigger Picture – Tenacity helps this team improve the lives of injured workers. Lynne J. DeVenny and J. Griffin Morgan September/October 2008

 

My Specialty: PI, Wrongful Death, Products Liability – Marνa T. Boyer September/October 2008

 

LAT's 2008 Paralegal of the Year and Runners-up Flourish Through Networking Ties –
By Amanda Flatten
September/October 2008

 

Legal Teams: A Step Ahead – Anticipating case needs keeps this team on the right track. Gwen E. Minnier, ACP and C. Edwin Witt, Jr. July/August 2008

 

My Specialty: Capital Habeas Appeals – Melinda Rowland Christian July/August 2008

 

Legal Teams: Tailor Made – Respect and honesty make this litigation team the perfect fit. Stephanie Elliott-Park, NCCP and William E. Moore, Jr. May/June 2008

 

My Specialty: Animal Law – Jessica Riker May/June 2008

 

Legal Teams: Sole Synergy – Partnership between paralegal and attorney ensures small firm success. Ramona Gray and Jim Blakesley March/April 2008

 

My Specialty: Elder Law – Marjorie Brooks March/April 2008

 

Legal Teams: A Group Approach – Working together to tackle lemon law and breach of warranty cases. Charles P. Mitchell, Nancy Jordahl, CP, CFLA, Steven I. Klein and Laurie Mesa January/February 2008

 

My Specialty: Adoption Law – Daneille D. Stewart January/February 2008

 

2007 Paralegal Rookie of the Year – Stacy Wagner; Lincoln, Neb. By Allyson T. Collins
November/December 2007

 

Legal Teams: A Trusting Team – Frequent and direct communications keep estate planning
and trust administration projects moving. Paula M. Davis-Pereira and Kay U. Brooks November/December 2007

 

Meet Our 2007 Paralegal of the Year and Runners-Up – By Tim Pareti September/October 2007

 

First in its Field – One law firm’s legacy of paralegal utilization. By Amanda Flatten September/October 2007

 

Legal Teams: Guardian Angels – Mutual respect guides legal team’s work with guardian
ad litem
cases. Jeanette R. Churn and Charles R. Stepter, Jr. September/October 2007

  

The DuPont Legal Model – A winning legal process to grow profits, streamline operations and utilize paralegals. By Ari Kaplan November/December 2005

  

A Paralegal and an Attorney Unite to Make a Successful Litigation Team – A legal team combines trust and technology to keep litigation practice efficient. By Ari Kaplan July/August 2005

 

A Paralegal Job Well Done – Legal Assistant Ray Goldstein takes on the tobacco industry.
By Rachel Campbell July/August 2004

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Reviews

ASPs, SaaS, Web-based Repositories

Catalyst CR 7.1 — By Mary Girsch-Bock, September/October 2008

USlegalforms.com — By Kim Plonsky, November/December 2005

LexisNexis Total Search v.3.1 — By Pamela S. Brown, November/December 2005

 

Case/Practice Management

CaseWorth 2.0 — By Mary Girsch-Bock, May/June 2008

Time Matters 9.0 - Legal Series — By Kim Plonsky, May/June 2008

Amicus Attorney 2008 Small Firm Edition — By Mary Girsch-Bock, March/April 2008

SmartCase — By Brett Burney, March/April 2008

The Legal Assistant — By Kim Plonsky, March/April 2008

PCLaw 8 — By Kim Plonsky, September/October 2007

AbacusLaw Gold — By Brett Burney, May/June 2007

LexisNexis Practice Advantage — By Kim Plonsky, November/December 2006

Amicus Attorney 7 Premium Edition — By Kim Plonsky, July/August 2006

CT Summation iBlaze Version 2.7.1 — By Kim Plonsky, March/April 2006

 

Case Management – Legal Specialty

Predator for Social Security Disability — By Mary Girsch-Bock, July/August 2008

Easy Trust 2.1.0 — By Mary Girsch-Bock, January/February 2008

Best Case Bankruptcy — By Kim Plonsky, May/June 2007

 

Corporate

Qwikdox — By Brett Burney, November/December 2006

Corporate Focus — By Brett Burney, July/August 2006

LawyerLinks Advantage v1.2.0 — By Jennifer M. Little, May/June 2006

 

Document Management

PowerReuse — Version 1.1 — By Mary Girsch-Bock, January/February 2009

Lexbe — By Kim Plonsky, July/August 2008

SmartCase — By Brett Burney, March/April 2008

 

E-mail and E-mail Add-ons

SpeedFiler Professional 2.0 — By Kim Plonsky, September/October 2008

 

Electronic Discovery

Discovery360 DataMapper — By Brett Burney, November/December 2008

 

Electronic Security

Power LogOn Password Manager/Administrator — By Kim Plonsky, November/December 2007

 

Hardware/Gadgets

Clickfree Automatic Backup — By Milton Hooper, January/February 2009

Samsung's Solid State Drive — By Milton Hooper, September/October 2008

 

Legal Research

Westlaw 50 State Surveys — By Pamela S. Brown, March/April 2006

LexisNexis Total Search v.3.1 — By Pamela S. Brown, November/December 2005

Case&Point Enterprise Edition 6.5 — By Kim Plonsky, January/February 2006

 

Legal-Specific Litigation Support

Best Authority — By Brett Burney, January/February 2008

IPRO ePrint-IT — By Milton Hooper, March/April 2008

LexisNexis CaseMap 6 — By Kim Plonsky, January/February 2007

CT Summation iBlaze Version 2.7.1 — By Kim Plonsky, March/April 2006

Concordance 8 and Opticon 3 — By Kim Plonsky, September/October 2005

Depo - Version 2 — By Brett Burney, May/June 2008

Parley — By Brett Burney, March/April 2007

 

Miscellaneous

Quick View Plus 10 — By Kim Plonsky, January/February 2009

Acrobat.com (Beta) — By Kim Plonsky, November/December 2008

Workshare Professional 5 — By Kim Plonsky, January/February 2008

MindManager 7 — By Brett Burney, September/October 2007

Right Click to Knowledge Series — By Kim Plonsky, March/April 2007

Corel WordPerfect Office X3 Standard Edition — By Kim Plonsky, September/October 2006

HotDocs 2005 Professional Edition — By Denise Yancey, September/October 2005

askSam 6.0 — By Kim Plonsky, July/August 2005

 

PDF

pdfDocs compareDocs 3.1 — By Brett Burney, January/February 2009

pdfDocs Desktop 2.1 Suite — By Milton Hooper, May/June 2008

 

Speech Recognition/Dictation

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 9 — By Kim Plonsky, July/August 2007

 

Time and Billing/Accounting

BillingTracker Pro 3 — By Mark D. Wilson, January/February 2006

ProVantage 7.1 — By Denise Yancey, July/August 2005

 

Trial Presentation and Graphics

TrialDirector 5 — By Mary Girsch-Bock, September/October 2006

TrialDirector 5.1 — By Brett Burney, November/December 2007

SmartDraw Legal Edition — By Brett Burney, July/August 2007

Sanction v2.8 — By Kim Plonsky, May/June 2006

 

Word Processing/Add-Ons/Proof Reading

Thomson Elite Deal Proof — By Brett Burney, January/February 2007

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Specialties

In Good Form: Criminal Motion Practice – By Thomas J. Farrell January/February 2009

   

How To Discover Personal Assets – Finding hidden assets in divorce cases. By Nicholas L. Bourdeau November/December 2008

    

Justice for All – Criminal law paralegals play important roles on both sides of the courtroom. By Jeffrey A. Helewitz, Esq.  November/December 2008

     

Landlord and Tenant Law – Paralegals can be involved in every aspect of this growing real estate specialty. By Jeffrey A. Helewitz, Esq. March/April 2008

 

Paralegals in Education Law – A look at this unique specialty. By Sally A. Kane
January/February 2008

    

The Changing Face of Elder Law – What you need to know about one of the fastest growing legal specialties. By Tim Pareti November/December 2007

 

In Good Form – Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases. By Andrew H. Friedman September/October 2007

 

A Look at the New Bankruptcy Law – A paralegal's guide to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. By Tim Wilkerson January/February 2007

 

Seal the Deal – Paralegal notaries are in high demand. By Timothy S. Reiniger, Esq. January/February 2007 

 

The Changing Paralegal Job Description – Distinctive areas of law for the nontraditional paralegal. By Janet Roberts November/December 2005

  

Class Action Lawsuits – Examining the paralegal’s role. By Rod Hughes July/August 2005

 

Music Paralegals – A look at legal assistants in this unique specialty. By Rachel Ng May/June 2005

  

Collaborative Law – How paralegals help put the pieces together in a new family law model.
By Rachel Campbell
November/December 2004

    

A Paralegal's Role in Toxic Torts – Tips to help you face this challenge. By Kathleen M. Reade November/December 2000

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Students/Education

School Directory

This annual directory showcases paralegal schools and programs from around the country! Includes information about the school/program, contact information as well as ABA-approval and AAfPE membership. Featured in the January/February issue.

 

Graduate Directory

Yearly directory featuring schools, businesses and associations congratulating this year's paralegal graduates! Featured in the September/October issue.

     

Getting Started as a Paralegal – A look at the various education and career opportunities. By Oliver M. Gierke Web Exclusive

    

Take Your Seats – A front-row look at trends in paralegal training and programs. By Sally A. Kane, J.D. January/February 2009

   

40 Years and Still Going Strong – A look at four of the longest-running paralegal programs. By Ashley Johnson January/February 2009

   

Student's Workshop: E-Discovery School – Which seminar is right for you? By Kaitlin Creager November/December 2006

 

Student's Workshop: Meet and Greet – Student paralegal associations create networking and educational opportunities. By Patrick Vuong July/August 2006

 

Student's Workshop: Ready, Set, Start Your Career – From shadowing to speed interviewing, paralegal programs find unique ways to prepare students for the job search.
By Patrick Vuong
May/June 2006

 

Student's Workshop: Making the Grade – Paralegal programs go through a rigorous application process before obtaining ABA approval. By Patrick Vuong March/April 2006

 

Student's Workshop: Compassion Among Campuses – After three hurricanes, the
Gulf
Coast
paralegal schools slowly mend with help from nearby programs and beyond.
By Patrick Vuong January/February 2006

 

Debating Online Paralegal Studies – A proliferation of web-based programs fuels discussion on the direction of paralegal education. By John Caldwell January/February 2002

    

Student's Workshop: Overcoming Paralegal Employment Obstacles – Former students offer practical advice on how to do so. By Susan Howery May/June 2001

  

Academia vs. Reality – What they didn't teach you in paralegal school. By Debra Levy January/February 2001

   

For information and helpful articles, visit our Paralegal Students Page, Paralegal Instructors Page, and Prospective Paralegals Page.

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Technology

Legal Technology Directory

Yearly directory introduces the latest in time and billing programs, case/practice management, document management and/or assembly, litigation support and more. Featured in the May/June issue.

   

Electronic Discovery Vendors Directory

Yearly directory featuring the latest vendors in e-discovery products. Featured in the July/August issue.

  

Creative Computing: Mission: Organization - Using Microsoft Outlook to manage the e-mail madness. By Kim Plonsky January/February 2009

   

You, Too, Can Build a Web Site! – Create one for your firm using this handy-dandy reference guide. By Milton Hooper January/February 2009

   

Creative Computing: Be Your Own Boss – Budgeting technology for a home-based freelance paralegal business. By Kim Plonsky November/December 2008

     

Making Paralegal Jobs Easier? – The pros and cons of electronic deposition summaries.
By Mary Girsch-Bock
July/August 2008

 

Creative Computing: The Wave of the Future – SaaS technology makes its mark on the law office. By Kim Plonsky September/October 2008

 

Creative Computing: New Kid on the Block – A look at Windows Vista one year later.
By Kim Plonsky
July/August 2008

 

Trial Presentation Trends – A guide to the latest in trial presentation software, hardware and gadgetry for paralegals. By Milton Hooper May/June 2008

  

Creative Computing: The Paralegal as an IT – Evaluating whether to upgrade or replace your PC. By Kim Plonsky May/June 2008

 

Creative Computing: Good PC Practices for Paralegals – Keeping your system running optimally. By Kim Plonsky March/April 2008

 

Creative Computing: The Small Law Firm – Is technology a friend or a foe? By Kim Plonsky January/February 2008

 

Creative Computing: The Latest in File Tracking – RFID and bar codes find their way to the law office. By Kim Plonsky November/December 2007

 

Creative Computing: Communication in Today’s Hi-Tech World – Tips for establishing professional e-mail etiquette. By Kim Plonsky September/October 2007

 

Creative Computing: Security in the Digital Age – Preserving privacy and confidentiality.
By Kim Plonsky
July/August 2007

 

The Evolving Paralegal Role – Do you have the technology know-how to combine your paralegal skills with litigation support? By Milton Hooper May/June 2007

 

Under Construction – Building a disaster recovery plan. By Sharon D. Nelson, Esq.,
John W. Simek and Michael C. Maschke
May/June 2007

 

Creative Computing: Software Planning and Budgeting – How to minimize technology expenses. By Kim Plonsky May/June 2007

 

Creative Computing: Making Paralegal Work Easier – More free Internet tools and gadgets. By Kim Plonsky March/April 2007

 

Creative Computing: Free Internet Tools for Paralegals – Build up your database of useful resources. By Kim Plonsky January/February 2007

 

The Extranet Revolution – Online collaboration has never been so easy. By Ari Kaplan November/December 2006

 

Creative Computing: Technology for Exchanging Documents – Use these free FTP sites and resources for sending large attachments. By Kim Plonsky November/December 2006

 

Creative Computing: OCR It – Making strides toward the paperless office. By Kim Plonsky September/October 2006

 

A Paralegal's Guide to Understanding E-Discovery – Can the new FRCP amendments help pick up the pieces? By Elissa A. Santo July/August 2006

 

Legal Technology Trainers Revealed – Taking firms to new levels of productivity. By Erin M. Blakemore July/August 2006

 

Creative Computing: When You Are Away – Safe solutions for remotely accessing your PC. By Kim Plonsky July/August 2006

 

Legal Blogging – How paralegals can enter the blogosphere. By Kim Plonsky May/June 2006

 

Creative Computing: Software That Complies – In a Sarbanes-Oxley world, corporate paralegals can reduce paperwork by using corporate compliance software. By Kim Plonsky
May/June 2006

 

Creative Computing: Building a Knowledge Bank – A legal electronic research database can save time and money. By Kim Plonsky March/April 2006

 

Creative Computing: Exploring Electronic Medical Records – Online services can simplify document retrieval. By Kim Plonsky January/February 2006

 

Tech Leasing for Lawyers – Keeping pace while keeping your cash flow. By Dennis Kennedy

   

The Worlds of Ethics and Technology Collide – The ethics rules for electronic communication that paralegals need to know. By  Kathryn A. Thompson September/October 2005

    

Changing From Word Perfect to Word – 25 reasons paralegals should consider making the switch. By Kim Plonsky May/June 2005

   

E-discovery – Don’t let electronic evidence bury your firm. By Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek May/June 2004

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Trends

A Unique Blend – Today's workplace combines the work ethics and skills of four different generations. By Sally A. Kane July/August 2008

 

Outward Bound? – Exploring the impact of legal outsourcing. By Sally A. Kane
September/October 2007

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