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Table of Contents: July/August 2008

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


The pros and cons of electronic deposition summaries.

By Mary Girsch-Bock

(Originally appeared in print as "Working Harder or Working Smarter?")


A Unique Blend

Today’s workplace combines the work ethics and skills of four different generations.

By Sally A. Kane


A paralegal’s guide to taking initial calls from personal injury clients.

By Ellsworth T. "Derry" Rundlett III


DUI Discovery Forms and Motions

By Bruce Kapsack


news & trends

News Briefs

(These short snippets represent excerpts of stories that can be found in the July/August 2008 issue.)

  • Wisconsin’s Attempt to Establish Mandatory Paralegal Regulation Fails – After four years, the state Supreme Court denies petition. By Ashley Johnson
  • U.S. Supreme Court Decides Richlin Case – Paralegal fees can be recovered at prevailing market rates. By Rebecca Garcia
  • Pennsylvania Paralegals Establish Voluntary Regulation – A new credentialing program will set education and work experience requirements. By Ashley Johnson
  • Washington, D.C., Case Spotlights the Mobility of Nonlawyers at Law Firms – Claim of tortious interference arises following a potential conflict of interest. By Ashley Johnson
  • NFPA Updates the PACE Exam – Modifications reflect changing nature of law and current practice areas. By Heidi Lowry
  • Paying It Forward – New Nals president sees her role as a chance to give back to her association. By Heidi Lowry
  • NALA Releases 2008 National Utilization and Compensation Survey – Years of experience correlate to increasing salaries. By Melody Ip
  • Local Audit in California Acknowledges the Value of Paralegals – Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office advised to add 25 senior paralegals. By Alisa Driscoll
  • Paralegal Students Visit U.S. Supreme Court – Elms College in Massachusetts brings the federal legal system to life. By Heidi Lowry
  • Keeping Tabs on Uncle Sam – Report by law librarians finds lack of authenticity in online government resources. By Tammy R. Pettinato
  • Legal Resources

tech center

Creative Computing

New Kid on the Block – A look at Windows Vista one year later. By Kim Plonsky



What’s New



Legal Teams

A Step AheadAnticipating case needs keeps this team on the right track.


My Opinion 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Many paralegals view notary skills as client and career pluses.
By Heidi Lowry


Ask the Listserv


Ethics Roundtable

A New Job and Possible UPLBy Therese A. Cannon, Nancy B. Heller, RP, and Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS


Association Notes


Corporate Comment

The Ins and Outs of Wage Attachments – What you need to know about the garnishment process.
By Carolyn M. Saenz, AACP


Legal Research & Writing

Editing Guidelines for the Paralegal – Polishing these skills can be an investment in your career.
By Christy Hall Benson, CLA


Litigation Corner

Practice Makes Perfect – Paralegals can run the show with mock trials.
By Catherine Astl, CLA


Pro Bono Spotlight

Stand Out From the Crowd – Nonprofit opportunities can enhance marketability for new paralegals.
By Lori Thompson

My Specialty

Capital Habeas Appeals – Melinda Rowland Christian



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