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Table of Contents: January/February 2009

January/February 2009 Issue Cover



A front-row look at trends in paralegal training and programs.

By Sally A. Kane, J.D.


40 Years and Still Going Strong

A look at four of the longest-running paralegal programs.

By Ashley Johnson


You, Too, Can Build a Web Site!

Create one for your firm using this handy-dandy reference guide.

By Milton Hooper


Finding hidden assets in divorce cases.

By Nicholas L. Bourdeau


Criminal Motion Practice

By Thomas J. Farrell



news & trends

News Briefs

(These short snippets represent excerpts of stories that can be found in the January/February 2009 issue.)

  • National Associations Hold Annual Conferences – Education, awards and elections were highlights at meetings across the nation. By Heidi Lowry
  • New Federal Evidence Rule Created – FRE 502 limits privilege waivers in an effort to help reduce litigation costs. By Melody Ip
  • New Jersey Paralegal Pleads Guilty to Fraud – False statements play a part in a $75 million real estate scheme. By Debbie Burke
  • Texas NALA and NFPA Affiliates Unite for Joint Seminar – Two paralegal associations come together for first time to co-sponsor CLE event. By Alisa Driscoll
  • Canadian Legal Assistant Sentenced to Prison – Law firm defrauded of nearly $1.4 million. By Heidi Lowry
  • AAPI Uses New Formats for 2008 Annual Events – Webinar and conference call capabilities allowed more participation. By Rebecca Garcia
  • Survey Results Show Gender Difference in Legal Profession Salaries – U.S. Census Bureau statistics reflect female paralegals earn less than male paralegals. By Tammy R. Pettinato
  • Virtual Paralegal Trend Grows – Practitioners cite flexibility, the economy as benefits. By Tammy R. Pettinato
  • Legal Resources

tech center


Creative Computing

Mission: Organization – Using Microsoft Outlook to manage the e-mail madness. By Kim Plonsky


What’s New



Ask the Listserv


Ethics Roundtable

Client Communications By Therese A. Cannon, Nancy B. Heller, RP, and Stacey Hunt, CLA, CAS


Legal Teams

The Total Team Package Joseph (Jay) V. Myers, Deidre A. Francis, Chelsea L. Wilson, Andrea Y. Boyd, Dione G. Watson, and Miriam B. Pinckney



Legal Research & Writing

Step Up Your Search – These tools will help you target the information your case needs fast. By Mark A. Gediman


Litigation Corner

Working With Contract Lawyers – Help your firm manage document review expenses and data. By Oliver M. Gierke


Pro Bono Spotlight

Picking Up the Pieces Paralegal skills can help identity theft victims get back on track. By Lori Thompson January/February 2009 Web Exclusive


My Specialty

Criminal Defense Law – Stephen Hariton





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