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LAT July/August 2008 

Panning for Gold
Sifting through pre- and
post-litigation reports for hidden evidence.

By Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS, and Ellen Sheffer

Working Harder or Working Smarter?
The pros and cons of
electronic deposition summaries.

By Mary Girsch-Bock

A Unique Blend
Today’s workplace combines the work ethics and skills of four different generations.
By Sally A. Kane

How to Interview Clients

Taking initial calls from
personal injury clients.

By Ellsworth T. "Derry" Rundlett III

In Good Form
DUI Discovery
Forms and Motions

By Bruce Kapsack

Table of Contents


My Opinion Poll


Late summer and throughout the fall is national conference season — a time when many of the national paralegal and legal professional associations hold their annual conferences in venues across the nation. As the associations prepare for their conferences, LAT wants to know how involved you are with a national association. Are you a member only, or are you involved in a leadership capacity? Do you attend the annual conference for the association in which you are involved? What impact has national association involvement had on your career?


Let us know what you think. We will randomly select one $25 winner from the first 50 entries. Please reply by Monday, July 28, 2008. If you have suggestions for future survey questions, please e-mail us.


1. Are you a member of a national legal professional association?

Yes (go to question 2)

No (go to question 6)

2. If yes, which association(s)? (Select all that apply.)

American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc.

American Association for Justice

American Association for Paralegal Education

American Bar Association

Association of Legal Administrators

International Paralegal Management Association

National Association of Legal Assistants

Nals…the association for legal professionals

National Federation of Paralegal Associations


3. If you are a member of a national association, how are you involved?
(Select all that apply.)


Committee chair

Part of a committee

Attend the annual conference

Member only


4. What are the main reasons you joined a national association? (Select up to three.)

My local association membership includes a national association membership.

To network.

To keep updated on important issues in my profession.

To become more involved in my profession.

To enhance my career.

To promote paralegal utilization in the workplace.


5. Do you think that being a member of a national association has enhanced your
         paralegal career?



I don’t know.

6. If you are not a member of a national association, why not? (Select all that apply.)

It’s not included as part of my local association membership.
It’s too expensive.

I don’t have time.

I belong to a local association that offers all the benefits I need.

I don’t see any benefit to my career.

I don’t know how to join.


7. If you are not a member now, do you plan to join a national association
         in the future?



I don’t know

8. Other comments:


Total number of years employed as a paralegal/legal assistant:

    Years      Months


City and state (required):  

E-mail (required):  

Phone Number (optional):

Full Name (optional):

Professional Title (optional):  


By submitting this survey, you grant us the right to anonymously quote you in LAT’s survey summary. If you would like to share your comments on the record, please include your name and check the box below. Including your name greatly improves your chance of being quoted in our survey analysis.

Yes, please quote me on the record in your survey summary.

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