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Table of Contents: September/October 2001

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A Time for Heroes

Meet Legal Assistant Today's 2001 Paralegal of the Year award winner and runners-up.

By Debra Levy


The Job Market: Fizzle or Sizzle?

Legal Assistant Today looks at what is and isn't hot in paralegal employment trends.

By Rod Hughes


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Guidelines for creating effective legal writing.

By Jeffrey A. Helewitz


Under Pressure

How paralegals cope with stress and tips for avoiding professional burnout.

By D. L. Hawley


Everything I Know About Law School I Learned in My First Year  fulltext.gif (318 bytes)

Paralegals share their experience about tackling that difficult first year and discuss whether to take the plunge.

By Lana J. Clark, CLA



Editor’s Desk


Letters to the Editor


My Opinion

The Positive Influence of Legal Assistant Internships - The experience should be taken seriously. By Fern L. Burnett


news & trends

  • Paralegal By Another Name

  • Keeping Their Paralegals

  • NALA Adopts ABA Definition

  • New Face at NFPA's Helm

  • Electronic Notarization Is Here

  • Bush's Tax Cut Comes with Caveats

  • SCOLA Labors on Education Guidelines

  • Canadian Legal Assistant Regulation Moving Slow

  • Software Deal Saves Schools Thousands of Dollars

  • Precious Cargo

  • Holocaust Reparations Paralegal Goes the Extra Mile

  • Driving the Distance

  • The Future Is Now


Association Notes


real solutions

Creative Computing

Vendors Take Note - More law firms are turning to paralegals to decide on outside support services. By Dwayne E. Krager


Legal Research & Writing

Digital Communication - Tips for improving your e-mail style. By D.L. Hawley


Corporate Comment

Run a Great Closing Room - A successful closing lies in the preparation. By Denise Annunciata



Career Advice

Trends in the Paralegal Field - Why should you care? By Denise Templeton


Student’s Workshop

Filling the Piggy Bank - Tips for funding your paralegal education. By Kathy Snyder


Litigation Corner

Discovery - Steps for unearthing facts needed for trial preparation. By Jane Heath


Manager’s Desk

Overcome Information Chaos - Set up a customized information management system.
By Elizabeth A. Gillis


Pro Bono Spotlight

More Than a Family Affair - How pro bono services allowed me to help a special family.
By Jan Irwin




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