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Table of Contents: November/December 2008

November/December 2008 Issue Cover



LAT’s 2008 Rookie of the Year finds a passion in leadership.

By Sally A. Kane, J.D.


Structurally Sound

Building the perfect corporate governance checklist.

By Cynthia S. Couch


Justice for All

Criminal law paralegals play important roles on both sides of the courtroom.

By Jeffrey A. Helewitz, Esq.


Finding hidden assets in divorce cases.

By Nicholas L. Bourdeau


Damages and Settlement

By Leonard Bucklin



news & trends

News Briefs

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

  • No Voluntary Paralegal Certification in Indiana – State Supreme Court declines to enact bar proposal.
    By Rebecca Garcia
  • Agreement Reached in Wersinger v. Bank of America – Paralegal overtime wages case dismissed with prejudice. By Heidi Lowry
  • ABA Issues Opinion on Legal Outsourcing – Ethical obligations and benefits to firms and clients are cited. By Heidi Lowry
  • U.S. Copyright Office Launches Electronic Claims Process – IP paralegals find eCO system more efficient and cost effective. By Alisa Driscoll
  • Hawaii Continues Efforts to Define the Practice of Law – HSBA working with the Hawaii Supreme Court to develop rule. By Rebecca Garcia
  • NALA Meets in Oklahoma City – New president, member awards are announced at 33rd annual convention. By Tammy R. Pettinato
  • Colorado Bar Approves Revised Paralegal Guidelines – Revisions include expanded paralegal duties, technology changes. By Tammy R. Pettinato
  • Paralegal Frustrations Subside With Connecticut Court Change – All individuals now allowed to bring electronic devices into courthouse. By Melody Ip and Leanne C. Cazares
  • Legal Resources
  • Looking Ahead – 2009 Calendar of Annual Conferences

tech center



Creative Computing

Be Your Own Boss – Budgeting technology for a home-based freelance paralegal business. By Kim Plonsky


What’s New



Ethics Roundtable

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


Ask the Listserv


Legal Teams

Mutual Respect and a Shared Work Ethic – Working together through the ranks has created an efficient team. Nuni Feliciano and Jessica Santos


My Opinion 

Few Inquire About Esquire – For most paralegals, law school isn’t part of the future plan. By Heidi Lowry


Association Notes


Corporate Comment

The UCC Breakdown – Preparing perfect Article 9 filings. By Carolyn M. Saenz, AACP


Litigation Corner

Working With Subrogation Liens – Tips for finding and handling these potentially elusive liens.
By Catherine Astl, CLA


Legal Research & Writing

Master the Memorandum – Writing a better legal memo in five steps. By Christy Hall Benson, CLA


Pro Bono Spotlight

Fighting Foreclosure Greater legal need creates more ways for paralegals to help. By Lori Thompson


My Specialty

Asbestos Litigation – Rose Hepner





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