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The Estrin Report
CEO, Paralegal Knowledge Institute; CEO & Co-Founder, Organization of Legal Professionals; Editor-in-Chief: KNOW, The Magazine for Paralegals & OLP eJournal; Founder International Paralegal Association; Co-Founder Intern'l Paralegal Management Association
Interests: Learning, teaching, writing, laughing, creating organizations, using my imagination, film, theatre.
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Confusing the certified with certificate says you don’t know your career. How sad is that? You need to be able to represent yourself correctly. Saying you are certified when you received a certificate of completion or achievement after completing either a course or even a 3-day workshop is not only a misnomer, it could be construed as misrepresentation. Would a lawyer say he/she is a lawyer if they didn’t take the Bar exam? Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Estrin Report
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"Who can truthfully say they absolutely love what they do? Be honest. While most people open with their “don’t like” list, getting Nikki to confess what she does not like was not going to happen. When pressed, she admitted to difficulty dealing with frustration when, after passionately putting forth a great deal of hard effort, the case ends with a thud." Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at The Estrin Report
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Dubois, of course, has to make sure that he cites a paralegal who stole some money as a possible example of why paralegals should not be given more power. Get real, Dubois. Paralegals in that kind of trouble are rare which is why it hits the news. One only has to pick up any monthly magazine such as the California State Bar newsletter and see pages and pages of suspended or disbarred attorneys who have had licenses ripped away for stealing from client's trust accounts. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The Estrin Report
Will the traditional law firm survive? If " traditional" encompasses the status quo -- incentives that measure and reward billable hours, a pyramid structure where large numbers of associates are hired, weeded out and then promoted to the partnership by doing really good work and putting in excessive hours, where client matters are each approached in a bespoke manner -- the answer to the title question is "no." Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at The Estrin Report
Ellen: I absolutely love your comments. Perhaps you need a teeny, tiny boost to your self-confidence! In my humble opinion (oh, isn't that IMHO?), paralegals, particularly those with fresh, innovative thoughts such as yourself, should not be shy about posting or writing. Here's the perfect opportunity to get yourself known in the community. Your thoughts are important to other paralegals. They can agree, they can disagree or they can learn. Whatever the response, times have changed and it is important to your career to ride the horse in the direction it is going. In this case, participation in social media will help boost your career!
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Let's take this social media thing. You're definitely a dinosaur if you're not social mediaing it. So, I'm twittering, I'm linking, I'm facing, I'm blogging, I am pinning (although with what, god only knows) but I'm no closer to anyone than before. Where are my friends? Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at The Estrin Report
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Have you taken my class, Brave New Writer: Leadership Through Corporate Storytelling? If so, you know how adverse I am to cliches. When I see certain ones, I just tell myself to keep walking past those open windows. Phrases such as: As you know; if you have any questions, hit the nail on the head; attached please find; tip of the iceberg; avoid like the plague; catch-22; not in my wheelhouse. Well, you get the picture. (Oh, sorry about that one.) Cliches are tired. They're boring. They cause you to skip right past them frantically searching for the meaning of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at The Estrin Report
Paralegal Knowledge Institute is presenting a dynamic online, live and interactive course on the hottest topic: Legal Project Management. Paralegals: here is a way to become extremely valuable to your firm. Check it out at: http://bit.ly/1lr03Qx Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at The Estrin Report
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Do you believe in licensing paralegals to give limited legal advice? There are areas of the law where at present, it is not economically feasible for lawyers to provide services profitably but where lay advocates might if UPL statutes were relaxed or rescinded. Holy, moly! Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at The Estrin Report
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Stress doesn't really scare me. It is part and parcel of our lives. Why, might you ask, would anyone say that? Probably because in the second half of my work life, I have found the secrets to a relatively stress free career. Article after article has been written about stress. It’s the same old, same old: manage your stress, have a plan, stay positive, visualize your last trip to Hawaii in the sun-soaked terrain, exercise daily and get regular hot rock massages. That, or have a glass of good merlot, get in the bathtub with lots of Evelyn & Crabtree... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at The Estrin Report
FIRST ANNUAL N.Y.C.P.A. LEGAL PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE BERKELEY COLLEGE 12 East 41st Street New York, New York (FOR REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION): www.nyc-pa.org/calendar?eventId=838670&EventViewMode=EventDetails Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at The Estrin Report
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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 Apr 13, 2014 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