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2004 Index to Articles

By subject for all articles published between January and December 2004.

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FEATURES

  • Unique Paralegal Programs
    These innovative programs provide exciting paralegal education options.
    By Debra Levy Martinelli
    January/February

  • New School of Thought
    Online CLE for paralegals makes advances in the profession. Includes chart.
    By Nancy Ritter
    January/February

  • Voices of Experience
    Paralegals with 20 plus years of experience share their tips for success in an ever-changing profession.
    By Rachel Campbell
    January/February

  • Last-minute Stipulations
    By Jeffrey A. Helewitz
    January/February

  • 2003 Index to Articles
    Online only ó click here
    By Kathryn Feather
    January/February

  • Best of Both Worlds
    By Debra Levy Martinelli
    March/April

  • Roads Less Traveled
    Paralegal skills provide the foundation for a variety of careers.
    By Rachel Campbell
    March/April

  • Half Empty or Half Full?
    2003 Salary Survey
    By Rod Hughes
    March/April

  • Tips to Get the Job You Want
    By Lincoln Brunner
    March/April

  • 3rd Annual Technology Survey
    Technology gains, like the economy, grew slowly last year.
    By Rod Hughes
    May/June

  • E-discovery
    Donít let electronic evidence bury your firm.
    By Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek
    May/June

  • A Winning Hand
    5 tech-savvy paralegals are dealt a royal flush with their top 5 technology picks.
    May/June

  • The Reality of Litigation Support
    The right technology tools can make you a valuable member of the team.
    By Milton Hooper
    July/August

  • Battling Big Tobacco
    Legal Assistant Ray Goldstein takes on the tobacco industry.
    By Rachel Campbell
    July/August

  • Unlocking Medical Records
    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

  • Plaintiff v. Defense
    Paralegals from both sides reveal their winning strategies.
    By Debra Levy Martinelli and Amanda Clifford
    July/August

  • Paralegal of the Year
    2004ís winner and runners-up are enthusiastic, enamored and optimistic about their careers.
    By Elizabeth Millard
    September/October

  • High Risers
    How paralegal managers help run some of the nationís largest law firms.
    By Rachel Campbell
    September/October

  • Itís a Jungle Out There
    Paralegals manage e-mail in a dark new world of spam, malware, confidentiality and information overload.
    By Dennis Kennedy
    September/October

  • Diving Deep
    Searching beneath the surface to find a world of information.
    By Neal R. Bevans
    September/October

  • 2004 Rookie of the Year
    Wendy S. Cathers is honored for her exemplary work in the paralegal profession.
    By Rachel Ng
    November/December

  • 21st Century Corporate Life
    Paralegals find the corporate environment rewarding and challenging.
    By Tim Pareti
    November/December

  • On the Scene
    What paralegals should know about documenting accidents, crime scenes and interviewing witnesses.
    By Neal R. Bevans
    November/December

  • Collaborative Law
    How paralegals help put the pieces together in a new family law model.
    By Rachel Campbell, Jamie Ann Tyo and Amanda Flatten
    November/December

COLUMNS

My Opinion/Story

  • Finding My Way
    A journey from nursing to the paralegal field.
    By Carol Morrison
    January/February
  • Imported Work Product
    Thoughts to ponder on the globalization of legal services.
    By Carl Mueller
    May/June
  • Are We Growing Together?
    A wealth of exams and associations raise as many questions as options.
    By Beth King, RP
    November/December

Creative Computing
By Pamela S. Brown

  • Hate Your Computer Less
    Four tricks to help you work better with technology.
    January/February
  • Grab It While You Can
    What you find on the Net today could be gone tomorrow.
    March/April
  • Staying Safe
    A good firewall and a few simple steps can help you protect firm and personal data.
    May/June
  • Step Up Your Game
    Technology-phobic paralegals can advance with simple litigation support tools.
    July/August
  • The Metadata Mystery
    Solutions for keeping confidential information within your firm walls.
    September/October
  • Streamlining Your Work
    Outsourcing and electronic gadgets are a paralegalís best friends.
    November/December

Legal Research & Writing

  • Writing Persuasively
    Strong, well-worded arguments are a necessity for a good brief.
    By Celia C. Elwell, RP
    January/February
  • The Big Three
    Every paralegalís trifecta for success begins with basic competencies.
    By J. Renee Moore
    March/April

  • Drafting Iron-clad Contracts
    10 practical tips you can use.
    By J. Renee Moore
    May/June
  • Beating the Blues
    Insight and tips on the latest Bluebook edition and options.
    By Celia C. Elwell, RP
    July/August
  • Elevate Your Skills
    Nothing will challenge you like putting your research and writing work on display.
    By J. Renee Moore
    September/October
  • The High Price of Information
    11 practical tips for doing research on a budget.
    By J. Renee Moore
    November/December

Corporate Comment
By Claudia J. Taller

  • Due Diligence in Business Transactions
    How to stay organized in the midst of chaos.
    January/February
  • The Paralegalís Role in Business Transactions
    Putting the pieces together to successfully close a transaction.
    March/April

  • A Whole New World
    The paralegalís role in corporate governance expands.
    May/June
  • Insider Trading
    Paralegals and representation of a public company.
    July/August
  • Making a Dream a Reality
    Working on real estate deals.
    September/October
  • Form Fitting
    Customize forms to meet your needs.
    November/December

Career Advice

  • Hiring Trends in 2004
    Hot practice areas and what legal assistants need to know to benefit.
    By Sheron Hindley-Smith
    January/February
  • A Standard to Bear
    The professionís future as seen through a complex economy.
    By Rod Hughes
    March/April

  • Are You a Dinosaur?
    How veterans can remain viable.
    By Jackie Houser
    May/June
  • Smaller Might Be Better
    Consider the advantages of small firms when debating career changes.
    By R.J. Ruppenthal
    July/August
  • The Art of Vacationing
    Smaller doses of time out make managing work easier.
    By Rod Hughes
    September/October
  • The Learning Tree
    Paralegal opportunities for CLE are growing.
    By R.J. Ruppenthal
    November/December

Studentís Workshop

  • Entering the Workforce
    Paralegals share their educational experiences.
    By Dora Dye
    January/February
  • The Double-edged Sword
    Both factual and legal research can play important roles in your career.
    By Dora Dye
    March/April

  • Becoming a Trial Paralegal
    What you should know about this dynamic area of litigation.
    By Neal R. Bevans
    July/August
  • Lending a Voice
    Becoming an advocate in Social Security or Medicaid hearings.
    By Neal R. Bevans
    September/October
  • Pushing the Limits
    Deciding when to take the plunge and become a freelance paralegal.
    By Neal R. Bevans
    November/December

Managerís Desk

  • What Kind of Manager Are You?
    Choose your style and approach early and with care.
    By Fawn Barnes
    January/February
  • Effective Coaching Strategies
    Discover the advantages of becoming a good paralegal coach.
    By Elizabeth Gillis
    March/April

  • Performance Evaluations
    The necessity we love to hate.
    By Fawn Barnes
    May/June
  • Conquering Stress
    5 helpful tips for managers.
    By Fawn Barnes
    July/August
  • Dealing With Disabilities
    Understanding and following the Americans with Disabilities Act in the law office.
    By Fawn Barnes
    September/October
  • Opening the Lines of Communication
    How to handle feedback up and down the chain of command.
    By Fawn Barnes
    November/December

Litigation Corner

  • Handling Ethical Challenges
    Learn to successfully avoid litigation hot spots.
    By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS
    January/February
  • Free to Know
    Applying the Freedom of Information Act to litigation.
    By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS
    March/April

  • Take Note of Success
    Recording thoughts, impressions and testimony can be critical at trial.
    By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS
    May/June
  • Imagine This
    Using charts and diagrams in the litigation process.
    By Claire Summerhill
    July/August
  • Case Management Strategies
    Organization, a plan and lessons learned provide lifelong case management skills.
    By Melynda Hill
    September/October
  • Crafting Discovery
    A strategy guide to getting what you want and building your case.
    By Celia C. Elwell, RP
    November/December

Pro Bono Spotlight
By Kathryn Feather

My Specialty

NEWS

Associations

  • NFPA Signs New Management Contract
    Seattle firm sets out to reconnect organization with its membership.
    By Janet Roberts
    January/February

  • NFPA Holds National Convention
    Delegates discuss exempt status, elect officers.
    By Rod Hughes
    May/June

  • Off to Africa
    Paralegal delegation plans to learn about nationís legal culture.
    By Rachel Ng
    May/June

  • NFPA to Raise Fees
    Association considers increasing membership dues.
    By Jennifer A. Torres
    July/August

  • The Alliance Offers Certification
    Newest national association throws its hat into the credential ring.
    By Rod Hughes
    July/August

  • NALS Passes Certified Professional Paralegals
    First exam has been taken and a new designation is now in use.
    By Rachel Ng
    July/August

  • NALA Offers Options
    Association makes Certified Paralegal Mark available to qualified members.
    By Rod Hughes
    July/August

  • NALA Elects New President
    Debra J. Monke to take office July 16 at Reno Convention.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    July/August

  • NALA Hosts Annual Convention
    Association welcomes record number of attendees and vendors.
    By Rod Hughes
    September/October

  • NALAís CP Designation Approved
    USPTO approves service mark for national association.
    By Rod Hughes
    November/December

  • ALA Pulls Away From Conclave
    Citing low paralegal membership, association reduces active participation.
    By Stacy Albin
    November/December

Education

  • Pa. Community College Receives ABA Approval
    Sixteenth school in state to receive such accreditation.
    By Janet Roberts
    January/February

  • ďFirst of Its KindĒ e-Discovery Course Held
    Certification program offers strategies and insight into electronic data collection.
    By Rachel Ng
    January/February

  • Paralegals Get USA PATRIOT Act Education
    ACLU and Florida association sponsor panel discussion on new federal law.
    By Janet Roberts
    January/February

  • Back to School
    Paralegals at Patton Boggs learn while they earn.
    By Bonnie Cha
    May/June

  • The Online Learning Trend Continues
    One company reaches out to an online provider for legal assistant training.
    By Janet Roberts
    July/August

Technology

  • Real-time Mess
    Patent infringement suit stirs uproar with court reporters, attorneys.
    By Lyndsey Shinoda
    January/February

  • FindLaw Acquires Glasser LegalWorks
    Two companies find synergy in services, products.
    By Jennifer A. Torres
    March/April

  • Software Vendor Trains Paralegals
    CaseSoft designs certification program specifically for legal assistants.
    By Rod Hughes
    May/June

  • West Tackles Legislative Intent
    New product offers insight into legislative intent for researchers.
    By Rod Hughes
    November/December

UPL

  • UPL Alleged in Texas
    Document preparation company draws fire from state UPL committee.
    By Janet Roberts
    March/April

  • Oregon Paralegal Violates State UPL
    State attorney general agrees to settle charges.
    By Nancy Ritter
    March/April

  • Oregon Pursues Legal Assistant for UPL
    Businessman working as a contract paralegal is fined $25,000.
    By Rachel Campbell
    September/October

  • LDA Husband and Wife Team Faces Charges
    Complaint claims wife fronted business for husband after he was barred from LDA practice.
    By Kenya McCullum
    November/December

Regulation

  • Paralegal Progress in Canada (News Brief)
    January/February

  • Certification OK in Iowa (News Brief)
    January/February

  • Illinois Considers Document Preparation Regulation
    Paralegals and legal document preparers have broader range of duties under proposed bill.
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    March/April

  • Paralegal Screening Permitted in Nevada
    New opinion gives legal assistants more employment options.
    By Janet Roberts
    March/April

  • Experience Gives Way to Education
    New paralegals in California no longer can practice with experience only.
    By Jennifer A. Torres
    March/April

  • Ontario Considers Regulating Paralegals
    The Provinceís attorney general and legal assistants agree in principle, argue particulars.
    By Janet Roberts
    May/June

  • Ontario Continues Move Toward Regulation
    With recommendations drafted, legal community weighs in and waits.
    By Heather Smith
    November/December

Litigation

  • N.J. Paralegal Jailed for Theft
    Independent paralegal pockets thousands from attorneys and clients.
    By Tim Pareti
    January/February

  • Paralegal Charged with $90,000 Theft
    Attorney claims paralegal fraudulently forged and cashed client checks.
    By Janet Roberts
    March/April

  • The O.J. Simpson Case Story You Didnít Hear
    Paralegal claims her involvement resulted in the loss of her job and damaged her reputation.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    March/April

  • Paralegal Battles N.Y. to Name His Nonprofit
    Threatens suit over statute interpretation, state backs down.
    By Jennifer A. Torres
    March/April

  • Canadian Paralegal Represents Client
    Alberta Court of Appeal allows oral representations only.
    By Debra Levy Martinelli
    May/June

  • Paralegal Takes On Prison HMO
    Threatens lawsuit in response to husbandís death.
    By Bonnie Cha
    May/June

  • Attorney Imposter Sentenced
    Former paralegal will do jail time.
    By Lilledeshan Bose
    September/October

  • Paralegal Plunders Proceeds
    Establishes fake company, embezzles more than half a million.
    By Janet Roberts
    September/October

  • Case of First Impression in Pa.
    State Supreme Court ruled paralegal fees in workersí compensation cases are part of reasonable attorneyís fees.
    By Jennifer A. Torres
    November/December

  • Notes Are Protected
    Calif. Appeals court says documents drafted by attorneyís agent are covered as attorney work product.
    By Rachel Campbell
    November/December

  • Charges of Embezzlement, Identity Theft in Rhode Island
    Scheme to defraud insurers also netted an NBA Lakers draft pick.
    By Dennis Johnson
    November/December

  • Paralegal Indicted on RICO Charges
    12 others also indicted for conspiring to steal from mortgage companies.
    By Kathryn Feather
    November/December

Profiles

  • Paralegal Appointed to Clerk of Superior Courtís Office (News Brief)
    January/February

  • Onward Soldier
    Military paralegal takes up battle for hearts and minds.
    By Lincoln Brunner
    March/April

  • A Legal Journalist
    President of National Press Club uses paralegal education as an advantage.
    By Nancy Ritter
    May/June

  • One Man Making a Difference
    Florida paralegal works to protect rights of unaccompanied immigrant children.
    By Jennifer A. Torres
    July/August

  • Paralegal Killed in Iraq
    National guardsman died in military convoy attack outside Baghdad.
    By Rod Hughes
    September/October

  • Paralegal Program Director Scores Promotion
    Troy Paino named dean of Winona State University College of Liberal Arts.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    September/October

  • New Appointment to Minn. Gov. Council
    Independent legal assistant joins advisory group, helps local poor access legal services.
    By Stefania Gardella
    November/December

  • Legal Aid With a Mission
    Nuns team up to bring legal assistance to local community.
    By Dennis Johnson
    November/December

  • N.Y. Legal Figure Dies
    Attica Prison inmate during 1971 uprising, respected legal assistant felled by cancer.
    By Michelle Devera
    November/December

  • Recognition of Service
    Sarah Fowler has been helping Jacksonvilleís poor for more than two decades.
    By Kenya McCullum
    November/December

Trends

  • Overtime Issue Lives Again
    DOL proposed regulatory changes likely to be implemented.
    By Rod Hughes
    January/February

  • Minnesota Poor to Pay for Legal Help
    Budget deficits force state to seek funds from unlikely sources.
    By Tim Pareti
    January/February

  • Ariz. Bar Membership (News Brief)
    January/February

  • Access to Legal Services in Utah (News Brief)
    January/February

  • FLSA Face Lift Proceeds
    Senatorís request to hold off on new rules denied.
    By Rachel Ng
    March/April

  • Outsourced: Paralegals Join the Club
    Sending legal services overseas could impact paralegals.
    By Rachel Campbell
    May/June

  • Legal Aid Paralegal Dodges Budget Cut
    Alaska officials seek to save small office from proposed cutbacks.
    By Janet Roberts
    May/June

  • Calif. Bar Continues to Welcome Paralegals
    Solo and Small Firm Section admits legal assistant members.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    July/August

  • DOL Addresses Paralegal Exemption
    New labor regulations say most legal assistants are not exempt.
    By Nancy Ritter
    July/August

  • FLSA FairPay Regulations Take Effect
    New task force and Web site created.
    By Janet Roberts
    September/October

  • Managers See Earnings Increase
    Upward trend is motivator for managers and those with management aspirations.
    By Rod Hughes
    September/October

Pro Bono

  • On-the-job Training
    A puppy joins a law firm to better a life.
    By Rachel Ng
    March/April

  • Paralegal Wins Quarterback Award
    NFL team recognizes legal assistantís volunteer work.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    May/June

  • Ariz. Paralegal Recognized
    Award and lunch with U.S. Supreme Court Justice mark event.
    By Bonnie Cha
    July/August

  • N.C. Paralegal Honored
    Local organization bestows excellence award on first legal assistant recipient.
    By Heather Smith
    November/December

Miscellaneous

  • N.Y. Sushi Memo Unpalatable
    Paralegal memo garners attention from profession, national media.
    By Rachel Campbell
    January/February

  • The Rules of Discovery
    With mounting use of electronic evidence, the FJC reviews rules.
    By Janet Roberts
    September/October

 

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