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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 paralegal’s experience.
January/February

Investigating a Child Abuse Action
By
Toni Marsh, Esq.
The legal assistant’s 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 insider’s look at the role of paralegal managers.
March/April

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

It’s 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
LAT’s 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 it’s been; where it’s 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
LAT’s 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
  • It’s Your Obligation: Report UPL
    by Katharine L. Essex, CLA
    UPL guidelines are available for paralegals to fall back on.

    July/August
  • Don’t Eliminate Overtime Pay
    by R. Elton Johnson III, RP
    Mandatory paralegal regulation and decent compensation needed first.

    September/October
  • It Ain’t 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 Isn’t 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

Student’s 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

Manager’s 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 Paralegal’s 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 “inclusion.”
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 organization’s 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

Association’s 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 Time’s 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 state’s 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 D’Antonio
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 D’Antonio
One N.C. district attorney’s office’s 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 D’Antonio
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 O’Law to Customers
by Jamie Ann Tyo
Lawyers and lattes help ease access to legal services.
March/April

One-Stop Law Center
by Mila D’Antonio
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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