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2005 Index to Articles

By subject for all articles  published between January and December 2005.

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FEATURES

COLUMNS

My Opinion/Story

  • Should Disbarred Attorneys Be Allowed To Work as Paralegals?
    By
    Jennifer L. Young and Scott Foster
    July/August

  • Paralegal Education
    By Luci Hoover

    November/December

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

Raising the Bar

Creative Computing

  • Updating Firm Technology
    How you can be instrumental in the tech decision-making process.
    By  Denise K. Yancey
    January/February

  • High-tech Trial Presentation
    Choosing the right software is the first step.
    By Gordon Moffat
    March/April

  • Courtroom Ready
    Arm your team with essential trial tools.
    By Gordon Moffat
    May/June

  • Learning to Fly
    Adobeís acrobatics can make life easier.
    By Kim T. Plonsky
    July/August

  • Taking a Stab at the Numbers
    Bates numbering software analysis for paralegals.
    By Kim T. Plonsky
    September/October

  • Turning the Tables
    Programs to create a professional-looking Table of Authorities.
    By Kim T. Plonsky

    November/December

Career Advice

  • Finding the Perfect Job
    Look within yourself and think outside the box.
    By Beth L. King, RP
    January/February

  • Covering the Basics
    Donít underestimate the importance of your cover letter.
    By R.J. Ruppenthal
    May/June

  • Designing a Training Program
    Another step up the career ladder.
    By Elizabeth A. Gillis

    July/August

  • Implementing A Training Program
    Continue your career advancement and help others.
    By Elizabeth A. Gillis

    September/October

  • Learning to Communicate More Effectively
    Skills that can make or break your career.
    By Elizabeth A. Gillis
    November/December

Legal Research & Writing

  • A Writing Makeover
    Tips to improve the quality of work coming from your office.
    By J. Renee Moore
    January/February

     

  • 10 Priority Points for Pleadings
    Attention to detail means the difference between a good pleading and a very bad pleading.
    By J. Renee Moore
    March/April

  • Books vs. Bytes
    Which works best in todayís law firm library?
    By Mark A. Gediman
    May/June

  • Our Government at Work
    Tips and resources for researching federal legislation.
    By Mark A. Gediman
    July/August

  • The Best Federal Web Sites
    Easy access to government information is just a click away.
    By Mark A. Gediman
    September/October

  • Secrets of Ghostwriting
    Anonymously writing legal articles and marketing materials.
    By Claudia J. Taller
    November/December

Managerís Desk
By Fawn K. Barnes, CLA

  • Future Leadership Candidates
    How to encourage and develop the best qualities in members of your firm.
    January/February

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
    Is your firm or company in compliance?
    March/April

  • Employee Policies and Procedures Manuals
    An answer to labor law litigation.
    May/June

  • Keep Your Employees Happy
    Tips for raising retention rates.
    July/August

  • Getting Your Share of the Budget
    Tips to help you prepare for the negotiations.
    September/October

  • Paralegals and Profitability
    Making your case for new hires.
    November/December

Studentís Workshop

  • Combating Online Scams
    A whole new job market is waiting for tech-savvy paralegals.
    By
    Neal R. Bevans
    January/February

  • A Studentís Perspective
    From college to paralegal program to first job.
    By Jonathon Schuster
    May/June

  • Reality Check
    How real-life paralegal jobs stack up to expectations.
    By
    J. Renee Moore
    July/August

  • 7 Deadly Sins That Can Kill Your Career
    Common shortcuts can damage your credibility.
    By J. Renee Moore
    September/October

  • Finding the Right Job
    Distinguishing between paralegal and legal secretary duties.
    By Luci Hoover
    November/December

Litigation Corner

  • Opportunities in Mediation
    What role can legal assistants play?
    By Celia C. Elwell, RP
    January/February

  • A Powerful Investigative Tool
    Event Data Recorders can change the course of a collision case.
    By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CLAS and Charles F. Plemons Jr.
    March/April

  • Navigating Document Review
    5 steps for paralegals in the pilotís seat.
    By
    Joe Kanka
    May/June

  • The Power of Reconstruction
    PhotoModeler can be helpful in accident litigation cases.
    By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS, and Charles F. Plemons Jr.
    July/August

  • Tracking Litigation Trends
    As technology and civil litigation evolve, so does the way paralegals and the courts operate.
    By Catherine Astl
    September/October

  • Dealing With Foreign Language Documents
    Tips for translation, production and organization.
    By Oliver Gierke
    November/December

Corporate Comment
By Claudia J. Taller

  • Starting a New Business
    What to look for when helping your small business client grow.
    January/February

  • A Repertoire of New Tools
    Managing technology in a corporate practice.
    March/April

  • Understanding Financial Transactions
    Experience is the best teacher.
    May/June

  • Timing Is Everything
    Checklists and timelines help you stay focused when closing a transaction.
    July/August

  • Attending the Annual Stockholders Meeting
    Your time to shine as a corporate paralegal.
    September/October

  • Demystifying Legal Opinions
    Understanding the part paralegals play.
    November/December

My Specialty

Reviews

  • May/June
    Deadlines On Demand By Denise Yancey
    CaseMap 5.1 By Gordon Moffat
  • July/August
    askSam 6.0 By Kim Plonsky
    ProVantage 7.1 By Denise Yancey
  • September/October
    Concordance 8 and Opticon 3 By Kim Plonsky
    HotDocs 2005 Professional Edition By Denise Yancey
  • November/December
    USlegalforms.com By Kim Plonsky
    LexisNexis Total Search v.3.1 By Pamela S. Brown

Whatís New

  • January/February
    TyMetrix 360
    SmartDraw 7
    Immigrant Software Corp.ís Forms Gold
    Docuity Inc.ís Targeted Data Extractor
    Kroll Ontrack Inc.ís ElectronicDataViewer 4.0
    Atlast Solutionsí File Notes Organizer 3.4
    LiveNote/iConect integration
    Ipro Tech version 8.5
    Magic Lantern Group/Nelson Delmar Learning distribution agreement
    Thomson Westís WestClip on Westlaw
    Accutrac Software Inc./Iron Mountain Inc. integration
    ABA "Creating Winning Trial Strategies and Graphics"
    ABA "A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting"
    James Publishing Inc. "Legal Secretary Federal Litigation"
    ABA "Fundamentals of Franchising, Second Edition"
  • March/April
    Abacus Data Systems Inc.ís AbacusLaw v.2005
    Nextance Inc.ís Intellectual Property Optimization Suite
    Corel WordPerfect Office 12 Legal Quick Start bundle
    World Software Corp.ís Worldox 2005
    CT Corp.ís Edgar Ease Docs
    ProVantage Software Version 7.1
    Verdict Systemsí Sanction/CaseSoftís TimeMap integration
    Interwoven Inc.ís OffSite
    Thomson West Information Technology Management Services
    Streamload.com
    Special Counselís Concise deposition service
    Glasser LegalWorks "What Makes Juries Listen Today"
    NITA "The Arbitratorís Handbook"
    NITA "Fourth Amendment Practice and Procedure"
  • May/June
    LeapLaw Secretary of State Blawg
    Fios Inc.ís remote evidence collection service
    Syngenceís Synthetix/CaseSoftís CaseMap/Dataflight Software Inc.ís Concordance integration
    IE Discovery Inc.ís InfoDox Discovery Management Platform upgrade
    SmartDraw 7
    Software Technology Inc.ís Tabs3 and PracticeManager Version 12
    CrossTec Corp. NetOp Remote Control version 8.0
    LexisNexis Market Intelligence
  • July/August
    CaseSoftís TimeMap 4
    Advanced Productivity Software Inc.ís DTE InHand for BlackBerry
    Image Capture Engineering Inc.ís Z-Print/Dataflight Software Inc.ís Concordance 8 integration
    BQE Software Inc.ís BillQuick 2005
    Hubbard One FirmConnect Communicator
    CCH Inc.ís and Aspen Publishersí CCH Copyright Integrated Library
    TheLaw.net
    TransPerfect Translations Inc.ís pro bono program
    Legal Files Software Inc.ís MyLegalFiles 3.0
    InterLegis Inc.ís InterLegis Express
    ABA "The Legal Assistantís Practical Guide to Professional Responsibility, Second Edition"
    ABA "ABA Approval: A Reference Manual for Paralegal Educators"
    ABA "Creating Winning Trial Strategies and Graphics"
    Elmo Corp. "Document Cameras/Everything You Need to Know About Giving a Presentation"
  • September/October
    Abacus Data Systems Inc.ís AbacusLaw Gold/SmartDraw Legal Solution bundle
    Hummingbirdís LegalKey Conflicts Management 4.0
    Image Capture Engineering Inc.ís PreDiscovery product bundle
    LiveNote Inc.ís acquisition of RealLegal litigation technology division (Practice Manager)
    PentaWare Inc.ís PentaSuite-Pro
    Red Earth Technologiesí Superior SQL Builder version 2.0
    RTG Data Systemsí RTG Bills
    Solutions In Software Inc.ís CaseManagerPro new version
    Spellex Corp.ís Perfect Defense with Spellex Legal 2005
    Synaptec Software Inc.ís LawBase Matter Management/Handshake Software integration
    Workshare DeltaView PE
    askSam Viewer
    LexisNexis Shepardís Reports with Headnotes integration
    ABA "Case Dismissed! Taking Your Harassment Prevention Training to Trial"
    NITA "The Digital Projector and Laptop Computer"
  • November/December
    Robot Lawyer
    CaseLogistix 4.0
    Client Profiles Version 8.0/Microsoft Outlook/Exchange integration
    ImageTag Inc./Thomson Elite integration
    Document Automation Developersí WorkSpace Builder version 1.0
    LexisNexis PCLaw Version 7.5
    Control Systems Copitrak Inc.ís Eclipse Embedded for eCopy ShareScan OP
    Thomson Westís West Research Partner
    CompuLaw/BlackBerry Alliance Program; CompuLaw Vision 9.0
    LexisNexis Applied Discovery Online Review Application
    ABA Advocacy Words: A Thesaurus
    NITA "Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Theory and Practice: A Realistic Integrated Approach"

NEWS

Association

  • LAMA Votes to Change Name
    Membership votes reinforce the national trend toward paralegal title.
    By Rod Hughes
    January/February

  • A Day in Circuit Court
    GMALP offered an inside view of daily court activities.
    By Kenya McCullum
    January/February

  • New Paralegal Group Sets Sail
    NFPA welcomes the Navy Legalmen Association.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    March/April

  • NALA Finds Salaries on the Rise
    Biannual survey shows CLA and CLAS designees earning more.
    By Rod Hughes
    May/June

  • Database of Disbarred Attorneys
    NFPA project names those working as paralegals.
    By Makebra Anderson
    May/June

  • S. Kristine Farmer Elected NFPA President
    Goals include Web site redesign and increasing membership.
    By Brian R. Hook
    July/August

  • Changing of the Guard
    Meet the 2005-2006 NALS president.
    By Tina Dhamija
    July/August

  • Ready for a Change
    NALA revamps its specialty program.
    By Brenda Castillo
    July/August

  • Delaware Approves Certified Paralegal Program
    By Kathryn Feather
    July/August

  • News Brief: Certification Available
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

  • NALA Celebrates 30th Anniversary
    More than 300 people pack the convention for the milestone event.
    By Patrick Vuong
    September/October

  • Changes in Texas
    By Kathryn Feather
    September/October

  • Paralegals Face Similar Issues Worldwide
    Foreign associations work to unite the profession.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    September/October

  • Paralegal Utilization Committee Formed
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    September/October

  • NFPA Takes a Position on Outsourcing
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    November/December

  • Networking Abroad
    Paralegal associations see the importance of acquiring international members.
    By Tina Dhamija
    November/December

Education

  • Ontario Colleges Unite
    Group to pursue unified education standards.
    By Walaika Haskins
    May/June

  • Education for the Legal Professional
    Paralegals at Reed Smith find higher learning within the firm.
    By Tina Dhamija
    July/August

  • Long-time Paralegal Program to be Sold
    University of West Los Angeles plans to sell to National University.
    By Tina Dhamija
    November/December

  • Online University Works Toward ABA Accreditation
    Kaplan would be the first such university to receive approval.
    By Rachel Ng
    November/December

Litigation and Court Decisions

  • Foreign Attorneys Fight to Practice Law
    British attorneys battle Louisiana high court ruling while one works as a paralegal.
    By Kenya McCullum
    January/February

  • Link To Terrorism
    A court-appointed paralegal faces life in prison.
    By Heather Smith
    March/April

  • Politician-Paralegal Found in Contempt
    Montana senator enjoined from practicing law.
    By Kenya McCullum
    March/April

  • We The People Settles FTC Case
    Company admits no wrongdoing, but will pay civil penalty.
    By Heather Smith
    March/April

  • Cap on Paralegal Services Overturned
    Iowa Supreme Court said capping fees is an abuse of discretion.
    By Kenya McCullum
    May/June

  • An Unappealing Mistake
    Ninth circuit upholds excusable neglect finding.
    By Andrea Juarez
    May/June

  • Army Paralegal Sues Over Discharge
    Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of "Donít Ask, Donít Tell."
    By Kenya McCullum
    May/June

  • Calif. Couple Makes a Deal
    LDA team settles on lesser charges, avoids jail time.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    May/June

  • On the Wrong Side of the Law
    Paralegal serving time for thefts throughout Texas.
    By Kathryn Feather
    July/August

  • News Brief: Paralegal Sentenced
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    September/October

  • News Brief: Case Closed
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    September/October

  • Schenectady Paralegal Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny
    By Brenda Castillo
    November/December

Pro Bono

  • Missing Link Program Opens
    Legal community joins forces to help victims of spousal abuse.
    By Brenda Castillo
    September/October

  • Wash. Works to Provide Affordable Legal Help
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    September/October

  • Peace of Mind For First Responders
    Cincinnati Paralegal Association provides pro bono wills clinics for emergency workers.
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    November/December

Profiles

  • Paralegal on the Bench
    Texas legal assistant appointed county judge.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    March/April

  • Winning His Freedom
    How one man became a paralegal and freed himself from prison.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    May/June

  • Paralegal Publishes
    Paralegal uses law experience to fine-tune fiction.
    By Kenya McCullum
    July/August

  • News Brief: Street Named After Paralegal
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

  • Pave Your Own Career Path
    Paralegal turns law firm experience into successful virtual assistant business.
    By Tina Dhamija
    September/October

  • Blind Attorneyís Vision Guides Legal Duo
    With the help of a paralegal, Los Angeles lawyer blazes path few have walked.
    By Patrick Vuong
    September/October

  • California Legal Assistant Leaves Lasting Legacy
    Barbara Brooke Medina was dedicated to enhancing the paralegal profession and the community.
    By Patrick Vuong
    September/October

  • Paralegal Overcomes Odds
    Australiaís Fiona Given doesnít let cerebral palsy hold her back.
    By Brenda Castillo
    November/December

Regulation

  • Wisconsin Waits on Licensure
    State high court considers its support for proposal.
    By Jon Matsumoto
    January/February

  • Embracing Voluntary Certification
    N.C. State Supreme Court tells bar to certify legal assistants.
    By Heather Smith
    January/February

  • Wash. Considers Nonlawyer Practice Guidelines
    State association members seek active role in any regulatory effort.
    By Jennifer Torres
    January/February

  • Kentucky Remains in Holding Pattern
    Long-awaited paralegal certification still in the works.
    By Kenya McCullum
    January/February

  • N.J. Registration Scheme Stalls
    Plan flounders with no clear answer as to why.
    By Rod Hughes
    January/February

  • S.C. Says No to Task Force
    Paralegal bar membership and regulation proposal also denied.
    By Rod Hughes
    March/April

  • S.D. Regulation Issues Unresolved
    State debates proposed changes to Supreme Court code.
    By Kenya McCullum
    March/April

  • Fla. Moves to Regulate
    Alliance of associations pushes regulatory scheme forward.
    By Rod Hughes
    May/June

  • Courts, Legislation Pave Way for Nonlawyer Advocates
    Some paralegals concerned about lack of regulation.
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

  • News Brief: Florida Regulation Roadblock
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

  • News Brief: Florida Regulation Committee to Form
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    September/October

  • News Brief: N.C. Bar Accepts Certified Paralegal Applications
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    September/October

Technology

  • Take it Back
    A new e-mail service allows users to delete, restrict and retrieve sent e-mail messages already opened by a recipient.
    By Tina Dhamija
    March/April

  • Personal Information Compromised
    Hackers gain access to LexisNexis customer data.
    By Kathryn Feather
    May/June

  • Handling New Bankruptcy Laws
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

  • Law Firm Goes the Extra Mile
    Paralegals and clients have access to information anytime from anywhere.
    By Kathryn Feather
    July/August

  • LexisNexis Rounds Out Practice Management Stable
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

  • News Brief: FRCP Moves Forward
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

  • News Brief: FRCP Takes Next Step
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    September/October

  • Matter Management Systems Matter to Most Firms
    ILTA survey shows corporate law departments are harnessing the technology.
    By Sarah K. Cron
    November/December

  • News Brief: ACC Adopts Policy on Electronic Discovery
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    November/December

  • News Brief: Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Headaches
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    November/December

  • News Brief: California Eases Filing
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    November/December

Trends

  • Outsourcing Hits Closer to Home
    Two of the largest law firms send work overseas, but insist paralegals are safe.
    By Heather Smith
    January/February

  • 2005 Predictions Are Positive
    Staffing firmís salary survey signals growth for profession.
    By Lilledeshan Bose
    January/February

  • Salary Bright Spots
    Survey finds pharmaceutical legal work brings highest salaries.
    By Michele Thomas
    March/April

  • Federal Government Finds Profession Growing
    Expanded paralegal roles and responsibilities means more jobs.
    By Rod Hughes
    March/April

  • Legal Aid Hit With Budget Cuts
    Programs nationwide forced to layoff personnel, turn away cases.
    By Andrea Juarez
    May/June

  • Report Names "Hellholes"
    Research lists courts where justice appears to be for sale.
    By Angela Lindsay, Esq.
    May/June

  • Safety Scrutinized
    State and federal courts beef up security in wake of shootings.
    By Janet Roberts
    July/August

  • FairPay Regulations One Year Later
    Paralegals still question nonexempt status.
    By Lyndsey Shinoda
    September/October

  • Paralegals Aid Disaster Relief
    Legal community joins hurricane recovery efforts.
    By Rod Hughes
    November/December

UPL

  • Fla. Declares UPL a Felony
    Paralegal associations agree the move will help curb the problem.
    By Tina Dhamija
    January/February

  • Efforts to Monitor Legal Services Die
    Initiatives to curb legal document preparers and create a UPL commission fail in Illinois.
    By Heather Smith
    March/April

  • We The People Under Fire
    Legal document preparation franchise agrees not to commit UPL.
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

Miscellaneous

  • The Art of Decorating a Firm
    Los Angeles law firm chooses art by committee.
    By Michelle DeVera
    March/April

  • Paralegals Pose Nude
    Charities benefit from calendar production.
    By Lindsey Grant
    May/June

  • The Bluebook 18th Edition Released
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

  • Ad Rules Revamped for the 21st Century
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    July/August

  • 15 Paralegals Spotlighted
    Forthcoming book covers their careers and experiences in the field.
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    September/October

  • Fighting Domestic Violence
    Greene County receives $250,000 grant to create a domestic violence team.
    By Brian R. Hook
    November/December

  • Paralegal On Call Put on Probation
    Indiana authorities investigate child-placement agency after citing violations.
    By Patrick Vuong
    November/December

  • Paralegal Directory to be Released
    By Jamie Ann Tyo
    November/December

 

 

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