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2003 Index to Articles

By subject for all articles published between January and December 2003.

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FEATURES

  • Head of Her Class
    By
    Tim Pareti
    Feisty paralegal brings reality and opinions into the classroom.
    January/February

  • Learning Curve
    By Debra Levy Martinelli
    In-house training is part of every paralegalís experience.
    January/February

  • Investigating a Child Abuse Action
    By
    Toni Marsh, Esq.
    The legal assistantís role.
    January/February

  • 2002 Index to Articles
    By Rachel Ng
    January/February

  • 2002 Salary Survey Results: Still Smiling After 2002?
    By
    Rod Hughes
    In a year rife with economic decline, paralegals still managed some respectable gains.
    March/April

  • Defending Terry Nichols
    By
    Debra Levy Martinelli
    A former paralegal reflects on a client who irreparably changed the American landscape.
    March/April

  • Secrets of Management Unveiled
    By
    Brad J. Baber, CLA
    An insiderís look at the role of paralegal managers.
    March/April

  • Crafting a Resume
    By
    Janet M. Roberts
    By way of introduction.
    March/April

  • Itís All In Hand
    By
    Debra Levy Martinelli
    PDAs provide efficient mobility for the next generation of paralegals.
    May/June

  • 2002 Technology Survey Results: Technology is Now
    By
    Rod Hughes
    Paralegals continue to benefit from technology and encourage educators to focus on computer training.
    May/June

  • Inside the World of Time & Billing
    By
    Denise P. Ward
    May/June

  • A Temporary Solution
    By
    Rachel Ng
    Paralegals and law firms find temporary employment a workable solution to a troubled job market.
    May/June

  • A Tidal Wave of Documents
    by Debra Levy Martinelli
    Technology and organization are the keys to staying afloat in any large litigation case.
    July/August

  • 9 Critical Steps for Trial Preparation
    by David J. Dempsey
    July/August

  • Spoliation of Evidence
    by Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS
    How paralegals can play a key role in stopping the unthinkable.
    July/August

  • Art of Negotiation
    by Jeffrey A. Helewitz
    These key tools will help your negotiations go smoothly.
    July/August

  • Foreign Affairs
    by Nancy Ritter
    A document management matter with international flair offers tips for counsel.
    July/August

  • League of Extraordinary Women
    by Debra Levy Martinelli
    LATís 2003 Paralegal of the Year and two runners-up demonstrate a passion for their profession.
    September/October

  • Plugged into E-filing
    by Susan Jennen Larson
    Where itís been; where itís going and how it affects legal assistants.
    September/October

  • Legal Nurse Consulting
    by Neal R. Bevans
    The next big trend.
    September/October

  • Technically Speaking
    by Rod Hughes
    Former paralegal capitalizes on legal technology experience and expertise.
    September/October

  • Coke Is It
    by Rod Hughes
    Beverage giant offers two legal assistants expansive and vital roles.
    November/December

  • Above and Beyond
    by Rachel Campbell
    LATís Rookie of the Year sets high goals for herself and achieves them.
    November/December

  • The Corporate Fast Track
    by Debra Levy Martinelli
    Case management programs are the right ticket for these large corporate legal departments.
    November/December

  • Court Dockets at the Touch of a Button
    by David S. Byrne
    Online tools are streamlining the records retrieval process for corporate and litigation paralegals.
    November/December

COLUMNS

My Opinion

  • No Letters Needed
    by Bobbie Polozeck
    A voice for the uncertified.
    January/February
  • Disagreement on the Particulars
    by Pamela R. Cobb, CLA and Olivia C. "Libby" Roleson, CLAS
    Valid points are made regarding education, but specifics are at the heart of the debate.
    March/April
  • What Paralegals Mean to Me
    by D. Jeffrey Campbell
    More than I could imagine or am able to express.
    May/June
  • Itís Your Obligation: Report UPL
    by Katharine L. Essex, CLA
    UPL guidelines are available for paralegals to fall back on.
    July/August
  • Donít Eliminate Overtime Pay
    by R. Elton Johnson III, RP
    Mandatory paralegal regulation and decent compensation needed first.
    September/October
  • It Ainít Easy Being Green
    by Clayton T. Burns
    The challenges, rewards and opportunities in environmental law.
    November/December

Creative Computing

  • Mock Trials Enter 21st Century
    by Dwayne E. Krager
    Savvy paralegals can turn technology advances into firm successes.
    January/February
  • A-to-Z Approach to Legal Services
    by Dwayne E. Krager
    March/April
  • Find What You Need
    by Dwayne E. Krager
    West and LexisNexis offer paralegals unprecedented resources, spawn creation of other online resources.
    May/June
  • The Impossible Assignment
    by Pamela S. Brown
    Tips for finding elusive information.
    July/August
  • Training Yourself
    by Pamela S. Brown
    Tools on the Internet can help you become indispensable in your firm.
    September/October
  • It Looks Good, But Is It Reliable?
    by Pamela S. Brown
    Five steps to more accurate Internet research.
    November/December

Legal Research & Writing
by Celia C. Elwell, RP

  • Give Me That Old-time Legal Research
    Technology can fail us, but books can get you out of a pinch every time.
    January/February
  • What Is So Special About an Appellate Brief?
    Drafting one might provide you with a challenge that will expand your skills and lead to greater responsibilities.
    March/April
  • Saying it Right the First Time
    Clear, concise letter writing eliminates confusion.
    May/June
  • The Backbone of Your Case
    Tips on how to draft a straightforward complaint.
    July/August
  • Finding it Fast
    Tips to make online research quicker and easier.
    September/October
  • Finishing Your Brief
    Crafting the Table of Contents and Table of Authorities.
    November/December

Ethics Analysis

  • Conflict Principles
    by Therese A. Cannon
    Paralegals must be diligent to avoid conflicts of interest
    January/February

Corporate Comment

  • Working With Attorneys
    by Denise Annunciata
    Paralegals should take initiative to foster good working relationships with attorneys.
    March/April
  • A New Ethical Standard
    by Debbie Skolaski, CLA
    Explaining Sarbanes-Oxley and its impact on paralegals.
    May/June
  • Technology for Corporate Law
    by Denise Annunciata
    Software and Web sites that suit the needs of corporate paralegals.
    July/August
  • Corporate Ethics
    by Debbie Skolaski, CLA
    Upholding standards for in-house legal assistants.
    September/October
  • UCC Dilemmas
    by Claudia J. Taller
    The realities of perfecting security interests under revised Article 9.
    November/December

Career Advice

  • The Value of Good Advice
    by Kathleen Call
    Mentoring can help you build your career.
    January/February
  • Changing Jobs
    by Mary Meinsinger Urisko, Esq.
    Considerations go beyond money, and job seekers need to set priorities to make wise choices.
    March/April
  • Networking Isnít a Dirty Word
    by Denise Templeton
    Make it about relationships, not contacts, and it can be rewarding on many levels.
    May/June
  • The First 100 Days
    by Kathleen Call
    How paralegals can prove themselves early in the game with a new firm.
    July/August
  • Take Control of Your Career
    by Sheron Hindley-Smith
    Decisions about your advancement are up to you.
    September/October
  • Developing Your Leadership Skills
    by Sheron Hindley-Smith
    Corporate legal organizations need paralegals who can inspire and motivate productive teams of professionals.
    November/December

Studentís Workshop

  • Finding an Entry-level Job as a Paralegal
    by Dora Dye
    The search for employment begins long before graduation.
    January/February
  • Taking Your Class to Work
    by Neal R. Bevans
    Tips on how you can balance schoolwork and your job.
    March/April
  • Using Your New Computer Skills
    by Dora Dye
    Tips and advice from working paralegals.
    May/June
  • Online Learning Takes Off
    by Neal R. Bevans
    10 Tips for a rewarding online education experience.
    July/August
  • Ask the Professor
    by Neal R. Bevans
    What you always wanted to know about law but were afraid to ask.
    September/October
  • Pay It Forward
    by Neal R. Bevans
    Volunteer work in local government agencies helps your community and pays off in the end.
    November/December

Managerís Desk

  • The Winds of Change
    by Elizabeth A. Gillis
    Tips on how to survive a firm merger.
    January/February
  • The Unorganized Manager
    by Fawn K. Barnes, CLA
    How to avoid drowning in your massive pile of work.
    March/April
  • Cream of the Crop
    by Elizabeth A. Gillis
    A high performing paralegal program can help maintain client satisfaction.
    May/June
  • Learn To Delegate
    by Fawn K. Barnes, CLA
    You can become a more effective manager by assigning responsibility to others wisely.
    July/August
  • Mastering Time
    by Elizabeth A. Gillis
    Tips for training your paralegals to docket effectively.
    September/October
  • Workplace Violence
    by Fawn K. Barnes, CLA
    Preventative action should be taken to head off a hostile work environment.
    November/December

Litigation Corner
by Jane Heath

  • Calendar Madness
    Paralegals can produce profound effects in this area of the law office.
    January/February
  • Time is of the Essence
    Tracking your hours appropriately enhances your value as a profit center for your employer.
    March/April
  • The Paralegalís Role in Summary Judgment
    Legal assistants can take pride in putting together a successful motion.
    May/June
  • Alternative to Trial
    An overview of the arbitration process.
    July/August
  • Litigating Toward Arbitration
    Learn the art of drafting arbitration briefs.
    September/October
  • The Hearing and Beyond
    Tips for the final stages of arbitration.
    November/December

Pro Bono Spotlight

NEWS

Associations

  • Arizona Association Withdraws From NFPA
    by Jamie Ann Tyo
    January/February

  • AAfPE Elects New President
    by Judy Tremore
    Joan Fraczek Spadoni brings 20 years of experience to the table.
    January/February

  • Reaching the Masses
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Cincinnati paralegal association seeks to educate the public.
    January/February

  • And Then There Were Three
    by Rachel Ng
    New national association forms with agenda of ďinclusion.Ē
    March/April

  • NFPA, Members Cope with Broad Issues
    by Jamie Ann Tyo
    March/April

  • LAMA Survey Gives Paralegals High Marks
    by Tim Pareti
    An online survey finds attorneys are understanding the valuable role of paralegals.
    March/April

  • LAMA President Ready to Take on New Year
    by Tim Pareti
    Paralegal manager plans to boost the organizationís visibility in the legal community.
    March/April

  • Paralegal Advocate Picked to Head SCOLA
    by Tim Pareti
    The new chairman of the legal assistant committee aims to encourage more schools to become ABA approved.
    March/April

  • Proposed ABA Definition Takes Heat
    by Jamie Ann Tyo
    NFPA suggests changes, while others recommend abandoning the draft entirely.
    May/June

  • NFPA Attempts to Regroup
    by Rod Hughes
    New president and board address member issues with candor.
    May/June

  • Certified Paralegal Application Abandoned
    by Rachel Ng
    May/June

  • NALS Introduces Certification Program
    by Rachel Ng
    Some paralegals worry the certification might dilute the profession.
    July/August

  • Cincinnati Association Withdraws from NFPA
    by Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

  • NFPA Alters PACE Criteria
    by Randi D. Bemiss
    The change allows more paralegals to qualify for the exam.
    July/August

  • Conclave Considers Exemption Status
    by Rod Hughes
    Associations send letters supporting proposed revisions.
    September/October

  • NALA Announces Online Specialty Certification Program
    by Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS
    New program focuses on training and assessment.
    September/October

  • LAMA Survey Finds Paralegal Pay Has Increased
    by Lincoln Brunner
    Technology is key to staying in demand.
    September/October

  • Raising NFPA
    by Rod Hughes
    Associationís president addresses growing pains, tackles problems head on.
    September/October

  • Dynamic Duo
    by Kathryn Feather
    Michigan and Ohio Associations form alliance.
    September/October

  • NFPA Ends Management Contract
    by Rod Hughes
    Parties agree to disagree on contract language.
    September/October

  • Alliance Holds First Education Conference
    by Rod Hughes

    Turnout was small, but focused on veteran paralegal education issues.
    November/December

  • A Change in Title
    by Kathryn Feather
    SCOLA becomes the Standing Committee on Paralegals.
    November/December

Education

  • Online Education Still Backseat to Traditional Schooling
    by Barbara Mende
    However, survey shows Web components are being used.
    January/February

  • Coping with Education Costs
    by Judy Tremore
    A California paralegal association is pursuing MCLE provider status from the state bar.
    January/February

  • Paralegal Program Phased Out
    by Rachel Ng
    March/April

  • AAfPE Approves Short-term Policy Statement
    by Rachel Ng
    Association establishes standards for adequate paralegal education programs.
    May/June

  • Locating Scholarships for Paralegal Students
    by Janet M. Roberts
    More schools and organizations are trying to ease the financial burden.
    September/October

Litigation

  • Nonlawyer Makes Grassroots Effort Against U.S. Trustees
    by Randi D. Bemiss
    A document preparer recruits others to join lawsuit against the Executive Office for the United States Trustees.
    May/June

  • Cast Away
    by Rod Hughes
    Vacationing paralegal asked to disembark cruise ship after attempting to question ship workers.
    November/December

Technology

  • NFPA, LexisNexis Join Forces
    by John J. McGurk
    The two create a video to market PACE.
    January/February

  • Summation Offers Free Training
    by Rachel Campbell
    Sessions cover transcripts to electronic evidence.
    January/February

  • Compassionate Career
    by John Caldwell
    Paralegals help victims of spousal abuse in high-tech domestic violence center.
    March/April

  • Maine State Bar Joins Casemaker Consortium
    by Janet M. Roberts
    The online research tool created by the Ohio State Bar is now available in 11 U.S. states.
    March/April

  • U.S. Department of Justice Selects Redax
    by Rachel Campbell
    Software ensures a speedier process for reviewing documents.
    March/April

  • Juries at the Touch of a Button
    by Rachel Campbell
    New program aids paralegals and attorneys in critical area of trial preparation.
    May/June

  • Kansas Adopts E-filing
    by Rachel Campbell
    Federal courthouses require all documents in civil and criminal cases be filed electronically.
    July/August

  • Rulemaking on the Web
    by Janet Roberts
    Federal government makes civic participation easier with Web site.
    July/August

  • Goodbye Graffiti, Hello Jot
    by Lyndsey Shinoda
    PalmSource rolls out new, user-friendly handwriting recognition technology.
    July/August

  • ProxiLaw Creates Virtual Legal Assistants
    by Lincoln Brunner
    On-demand paralegal services marketed to ease law office workload.
    November/December

  • New and Improved
    by Rachel Campbell
    TimeMap 3 software still user friendly.
    November/December

  • Dealing with Electronic Discovery
    by Rachel Campbell
    New York ruling sets criteria to determine who will bear the cost.
    November/December

UPL

  • ABA Weighs Practice of Law Definition
    by Jamie Ann Tyo
    Legal assistant associations voice concern.
    January/February

  • Arizona State Bar Reintroduces UPL Proposal
    by Lincoln Brunner
    New exceptions could change life for document preparers, not traditional paralegals.
    January/February

  • Okla. Bar Could Limit Paralegal Work
    by Mila D'Antonio
    Proposed ethics opinion fails to separate disbarred attorneys from other nonlawyers.
    March/April

  • Curbing UPL in New York
    by Rachel Campbell
    State paralegal associations issue position statement on UPL.
    May/June

  • N.Y. Attorney General Could Prosecute UPL Violators
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Bill before state senate would crack down on unauthorized practice of law.
    May/June

  • Third Timeís the Charm
    by Rachel Ng
    The State Bar of Arizona succeeds in its third attempt to reinstate UPL rules.
    May/June

  • North Carolina Bar Opinions Revise Real Estate Guidelines
    by Lincoln Brunner
    New opinions allow nonlawyers to handle aspects of real state closings.
    May/June

  • Real Estate Closing Considered Practice of Law
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Georgia state bar committee rules nonlawyers preparing deeds are committing UPL.
    July/August

  • Nebraska Paralegals Want Clarification
    by Lincoln Brunner
    Nebraska Supreme Court set to rule on UPL.
    September/October

  • Kentucky Supreme Court Overturns Bar Ruling
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Nonlawyers are allowed to perform real estate closings.
    November/December

  • Utah Bill Redefines Practice of Law
    by Lincoln Brunner
    The state is pushed to improve legal access.
    November/December

Regulation

  • Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Certification
    by Rachel Ng
    State high court says concept could not garner sufficient support to become a rule.
    January/February

  • Calif. Goes After Scam Artists
    by Randi D. Bemiss
    January/February

  • North Carolina Prepares to Set Professional Standards
    by Lincoln Brunner
    January/February

  • Ohio Seeks Regulation
    by Rachel Ng
    Six paralegal associations agree to pursue registration as a first step.
    March/April

  • Va. Supreme Court Ponders Paralegal Statute
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Proposed rule would define role for stateís legal assistants.
    May/June

  • North Carolina Moves Closer to Full Regulation
    by Lincoln Brunner
    The Paralegal Profession Act is introduced to the state legislature.
    July/August

  • Wisconsin Classifies Paralegals
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Proposal sets paralegal definition, education and experience requirement.
    July/August

  • British Columbia Considers Certification
    by Tim Pareti
    Another Canadian province looks into paralegal regulation.
    July/August

  • A Proposal on the Table
    by Mila DíAntonio
    An Eastern Michigan University law professor says his proposal to regulate legal assistants makes more sense than any plan he has seen to date.
    July/August

  • New Jersey Paralegals Wait on Registration
    by Lincoln Brunner
    State bar association board of trustees to vote on proposal.
    July/August

  • South Carolina Pursues Regulation Options
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Proposal pending review from state bar ad hoc committee.
    July/August

  • Overtime Issue Heats Up Again
    by Nancy Ritter
    A proposal to change exemption rules causes stir in the paralegal community.
    July/August

  • Keep on Trying
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Missouri paralegals tackle regulation again.
    September/October

Profiles

  • Enhancing Team Service
    by Mila DíAntonio
    One N.C. district attorneyís officeís reorganization of legal assistant services proves positive.
    May/June

  • From Legal Assistant to Partner
    by Judy Tremore
    Former paralegal passes the state bar exam and becomes a law firm partner the same year.
    September/October

  • Blazing a Trail
    by Kathryn Feather
    Ontario paralegal raises the bar.
    September/October

  • Attorney-Paralegal Team Honored for Military Aid
    by Barbara Mende
    Maryland office recognized for providing legal support for soldiers and families.
    November/December

  • One Client at a Time
    by Mila DíAntonio
    Cleveland law firm takes a team approach, involving legal assistants in every case.
    November/December

Trends

  • INS Pushes Immigration Laws
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Paralegals busy keeping up with stringent enforcement.
    January/February

  • ABA Supports Multijurisdictional Practice
    by Lincoln Brunner
    If states agree with ABA, cross-border practicing could become more prominent.
    January/February

  • Competition Intensifies
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Paralegal market not as strong as previous years.
    January/February

  • Criminal Documents Somewhat Harder to Get
    by Lincoln Brunner
    Mississippi discovery process might move slower with new rule.
    January/February

  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling
    by Janet M. Roberts
    Accredited paralegals can perform attorney-like duties in immigration law.
    March/April

  • Shop Offers Cup OíLaw to Customers
    by Jamie Ann Tyo
    Lawyers and lattes help ease access to legal services.
    March/April

  • One-Stop Law Center
    by Mila DíAntonio
    Unique center frees solo attorneys from the high costs of operating a law practice and offers challenges to legal assistants.
    May/June

  • HIPPA Changes Require More Diligence
    by Nancy Ritter
    The rules affect paralegals working in pharmaceutical companies and those working with health plans.
    September/October

  • Instructions in Plain English Simplify Process
    by Rachel Ng
    California introduces 800 new civil jury instructions.
    September/October

  • Pitch Black
    by Janet M. Roberts
    How the August blackout affected law offices in the United States and Canada.
    November/December

  • DOL Proposal on Overtime Dies on House Floor
    by Rod Hughes
    Presidential veto could revive the issue despite bipartisan vote in House and Senate.
    November/December

  • Arizona Sets Standards for Bar Membership
    by Rachel Ng
    State bar might open doors to paralegals in 2004.
    November/December

 

 

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