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Table of Contents: January/February 2002

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A proliferation of web-based programs fuels discussion on the direction of paralegal education.

By John Caldwell

(Originally appeared in print as "Debating the Future")


Are You Riding A Fine Line?

Learn to identify and avoid issues involving the unauthorized practice of law.

By Debra Levy Martinelli


Changing Directions

What you need to consider before you retrain.

By Judy Tremore


Your guide to last year’s collection of Legal Assistant Today articles.


Bank of America’s Theresa (Terry) Irvin, CLA, proves to be indispensable.

By Lincoln Brunner



Editor’s Desk


My Opinion

‘Weekend Wonder’ - Short-term legal assistant programs harm the paralegal profession.
By Robert J. LeClair


news & trends

  • Hawaii High Court Orders Paralegal Fees Paid

  • County Bar Sets Arizona Precedent

  • California Bar President Calls for Tougher UPL Law

  • Door Opens to Paralegals

  • ABA’s Definition Attracts Another Legal Assistant Association

  • Missouri Gets Serious About Paralegal Regulation

  • Paralegal Managers Get Head Start

  • NALA’s CLA Exam Changes, Refines Format

  • Impoverished Get a Virtual Hand

  • Paralegals Help Revitalize Brownfield

  • Specialties Your Mother Hasn’t Told You About

  • 110-Year-Old University Gets on Board the Information Superhighway

  • One Stop Shopping


Association Notes


real solutions

Creative Computing

Staying on Top of Courtroom Technology - Trial evidence is getting a new look. By Dwayne E. Krager


Legal Research & Writing

Panel of Peers - Crafting jury instructions is challenging, but with a thorough knowledge of the subject you can overcome jury jitters.
By Celia C. Elwell, RP


SPECIAL - Exclusive to the LAT Site 

Legal Research & Writing Column 

Drafting Straight-Forward Jury Instructions - A paralegal's guide to using simple, clear language to improve your jurors' comprehension. By Celia C. Elwell, RP (Originally appeared in print as "Above All, Use Plain English")


Corporate Comment

Life Outside of the Private Law Firm - Tips for making the transition into the corporate world.
By Michele Driver



Career Advice

Keeping Pace - Basic planning can help you market your career strengths. By Kathleen Call


Student’s Workshop

Your Search Begins Today - Tips for landing that first paralegal job. By Susan Howery


Manager’s Desk

Preventing Burnout - Paralegal managers play an important role in helping their staff cope with the stressful work environment. By Elizabeth A. Giles


Litigation Corner

The Countdown Is Done - Trial Day has finally arrived, but the work is far from complete.
By Jane Heath


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



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