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CEO & Co-Founder, Organization of Legal Professionals; Editor-in-Chief of two popular legal publications: KNOW, The Magazine for Paralegals & OLP eJournal; CEO, Paralegal Knowledge Institute; Founder Paralegal Internet Association
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I have always maintained that the paralegal field did not go about establishing itself correctly. It's been piecemeal, guessing and improvising at best. Why? For years, anyone who wanted to could call themselves a paralegal - and get away with it. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Estrin Report
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LOS ANGELES – The Organization of Legal Professionals, an industry group that includes some of the most respected legal technology thought leaders in the field, announced today that it has finalized preparations for its Litigation Support Certification Exam. The exam, developed in conjunction with Pearson Learning Solutions, a $7 billion company that specializes in certification examinations for a wide variety of industries, incorporates content created by OLP members including eDiscovery and legal technology lawyers, consultants and experts. OLP is the first organization to offer a Litigation Support Certification Exam. OLP’s two-hour certification exam covers five primary areas in Litigation Support.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at The Estrin Report
Paralegal Knowledge Institute is offering the first Litigation Support Certification Exam in the country! This sophisticated exam was designed by 32 OLP technology experts and two Ph.D.s together with Pearson, a $7 billion company that specializes in certification exams such as GMAT, GMRE, LSAT and more. Here's a great way to demonstrate to your firm and clients that you have the expertise required to do an outstanding job. A great career booster as well. For more info go to www.paralegalknowledge.com . Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at The Estrin Report
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The story of Cinderella is familiar to most of us. Nice girl, horrible living conditions, probably violation of child-labor laws, happy ending. When we are children, we believe this story and for some of us, it sets our expectations for the future. And then, real life happens. When we think of what the bad things are that happen to good legal professionals, it’s generally an event, incident, illness or other occurrence that was not within the control of that person. Here are two real-life stories: #1: When I heard the following story, I wanted to explore what occurs when bad... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at The Estrin Report
Paralegal Knowledge Institute is presenting 4 Surefire Steps to Managing Paralegals! www.paralegalknowledge.com Register today! Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at The Estrin Report
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After lunch, he hit me with “You’re doing a great job.” Wow. I liked that. “However,” he proceeded, “if you’re going to succeed here, you’ll have to lose weight.” To this day, I could tell you exactly where we were standing, what I was wearing and the time he gave me the news. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The Estrin Report
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Todays Guest Blogger is Terese Cannon, J.D., We are entering a era of major, perhaps even revolutionary, shifts in law practice, legal education, and the role of both lawyers and nonlawyers who deliver legal services. Already in motion but accelerated by the economic meltdown five years ago, these shifts have already resulted in significant downsizing and reorganization in large law firms, decreased demand for legal services affecting large and small firms alike, and high under- and unemployment of lawyers. Roles for paralegals are changing, requiring a re-envisioning of what paralegals can and should do and a concomitant rethinking of paralegal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at The Estrin Report
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Today's market: protect yourself - get the training you need to keep your job and get top salary At least people have stopped crouching behind their desks in an effort to hide from the Pink Slip Lady. That's according to a recent survey from ALM Intelligence, "Turf Wars: Defining New Roles and Competing for New Territories." The recent report provides an overview of current staffing issues affecting AmLaw 200 law firms, the largest law firms in the U.S. The report is based on a survey of partners, associates, paralegals, support staff and law firm administrators. The survey found that the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at The Estrin Report
Have you signed-up yet for the Paralegal Knowledge Institute's 4-night Knowledge Cruise to the Bahamas? Earn up to 12 free CLE's! Sun and fun and meet paralegals from all over the country. For more info: www.paralegalknowledge.com teresamarco63@gmail.com I'll see you there! Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at The Estrin Report
"The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place." George Bernard Shaw Those legal professionals who are effective in client communications are those who stop, for just a moment, to reflect upon who their clients are, the client's personal make up and whether they are in the legal field familiar with legal terminology. To be effective is knowing that both the receiver and the communicator’s interests and backgrounds are considered. That means a good communicator has listened to his receiver. Clients always prefer appropriate language that meets their level of understanding and expectations while avoiding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at The Estrin Report
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As the world grows closer, so does the paralegal field. It had to happen. With millions of paralegals around the world, a new association needed to be formed to bring paralegals together for one common purpose. I thought. "What if there were an association where paralegals could share information; develop best practices; raise the awareness of the field; increase utilization; network with paralegals they never thought would be possible; learn from each other; all through the Internet?" It was one of those work-related epiphanies as I began to meet and learn from paralegals across the world. As I developed six... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at The Estrin Report
I would love to hear some real work conversation from some real people. I mean people who don't speak current workspeak. You know the type: the ones that desperately want you to think that they are "in the know", "up-to-date", savvy, synchronized but frankly, silly. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at The Estrin Report
Whether you want to believe it or not, professional growth is entirely up to the individual. It is not the responsibility of the law firm to ensure that your career and knowledge is extended. Paralegal Managers and paralegals who refuse to take responsibility for their own growth wonder why they are passed over for higher level assignments and promotions. It's simple. These folks do not understand the tactical techniques necessary in order to grow professionally step-by-step-by-step. They are of the opinion that if they get noticed, they will automatically ascend into Paralegal Heaven. A good example is set by the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at The Estrin Report
Check out Paralegal Knowledge Institute's new Information Governance program - a great way to climb up the ladder and become more valuable to your firm! Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at The Estrin Report
Walnuts on My Bookshelf: Memories of Living in Communist Russia is a book that I just couldn't put down. This compelling story engrosses the reader from the very first paragraph. Written by an Alabama paralegal, Peter Kirchikov, the book brings a unique and brilliant analysis of life during the USSR from 1952 until 1991. Born and raised in Ukraine, he discloses the poverty, horrible working conditions and fear of the KGB he had known his entire life. Kirchikov and his family were exposed to a life where food and basic necessities were almost impossible to find. Kirchikov shares his unique... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at The Estrin Report
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"My supervisor remarked to me on two separate occasions that I may be "too old" for the type of work I was doing. At the time he said this, I had reached the age of 54. The supervisor was 46. A few of weeks after the second “you’re too old” remark, I was let go - even though my reviews were excellent. It doesn't take a brainard to figure it out." Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at The Estrin Report
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How many times have you set goals only not to achieve them? Come on. You already know in your gut when you set the goal that you probably won’t reach it. Despite clichés such as “Shoot for the moon” and other psychobabble, you will most likely say to yourself, “Are you kidding? I’ll commit to xxx but I know it’s a stretch.” On the other hand, goals are ingrained and give us targets, benchmarks and a sense of accomplishment. The difference between just setting a goal and accomplishing it is to have a strong “why” in place. Let’s parallel this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at The Estrin Report
Thank you for four delightful years! Here's to outrageous success in your new adventures!
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Licensing paralegals has been talked about for years. And years. And years. It’s been pushed back as long as I can remember. One objection is that paralegals do not practice law and therefore do not need licensing. They are supervised by attorneys and it is the attorney’s license on the line. Another issue was there were no standard requirements to enter the field (i.e., anyone who wanted to could call themselves a paralegal) therefore, licensing would have no real meaning. In California, some years ago, a stab at licensing called for governance not by the State Bar but under the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at The Estrin Report
This doesn't mean you won't get a job nor that you won't get a job that has some modification to the original or traditional paralegal type position. Just be sure to keep up on technology!
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Bad, Bad News for Paralegals Paralegal jobs are vanishing according to a recent analysis. In fact, out of the top disappearing jobs, paralegal is in the top 7 positions. For years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that the paralegal position was one of the fastest growing fields. In fact, as recently as 2011, the BLS predicted that from 2010 - 2020, paralegals would have an 18% growth rate (average). No longer. The position is being obliterated by technology according to a recent analysis by the Associated Press. "Year after year," the analysis states, "software that runs computers and an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at The Estrin Report
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Have you ever considered that those extra pounds that sneaked up when you were just “having an extra bite” might be holding your career back? Some years ago when I worked for a major Los Angeles law firm, the Director of Administration asked me to lunch. Since this was rarely done for non-attorneys in those days, I was delighted. He took me to the Yorkshire Grill where he insisted that I have the pastrami sandwich piled high on rye bread along with a generous helping of potato salad. Who can refuse their boss? Career buster for sure. After lunch, he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at The Estrin Report
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Our guest blogger today is Stacey Wagner When I was eleven years old, the flu collided with Christmas dinner and forever dampened my enthusiasm for holiday food. So, every year I sit back with a glass of wine and watch the mayhem unfold as my multigenerational and multicultural family of cooks and foodies barter and (mostly) good-naturedly bicker over which foods will take center stage on our holiday table. Bread stuffing or cornbread dressing? Canned or fresh cranberries? Turkey or Cornish hen? Sweet potato pie or pumpkin pie? What was that? The family vegans have offered to prepare a delicious... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at The Estrin Report
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The story of Cinderella is familiar to most of us. Nice girl, horrible living conditions, probably violation of child-labor laws, happy ending. When we are children, we believe this story and for some of us, it sets our expectations for the future. And then, real life happens. When we think of what the bad things are that happen to good legal professionals, it’s generally an event, incident, illness or other occurrence that was not within the control of that person. Here are two real-life stories: #1: When I heard the following story, I wanted to explore what occurs when bad... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at The Estrin Report
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Our guest blogger today is Ninowtzka Mier. “My boss’ secretary looked up and said the words that may have well been nails scratching a chalk board. “That’s not my job.” I'm sure it has happened to most of us, at one point or another, during our professional lives. For most of us, a normal day at the office has its share of stress, angst and the occasional juicy gossip exchange. And no matter what you do, I don't care how many organizational books or methods you try to follow, the work never seems to get done. To make things worse,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2012 at The Estrin Report