Ethics

TGIF: More Fun with Legal Ethics

Enjoy this video excerpt from Sean Carter’s presentation “10 Commandments of Legal Ethics.” Sean was a terrific guest on the most recent Paralegal Voice podcast, “A Fun Dose of Paralegal Ethics“. Enjoy your weekend away from all those irresistible lawyers 😛

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New Paralegal Voice Podcast: A Fun Dose of Paralegal Ethics

The latest edition of The Paralegal Voice, “A Fun Dose of Paralegal Ethics” co-hosted by Vicki Voisin and me, is now available at Legal Talk Network. Sean Carter Can paralegal ethics be fun? On this podcast, lawyer/humorist Sean Carter, founder of Lawpsided Seminars, shares his comedic approach to legal education, the biggest challenges for legal staffers today, and his thoughts on…

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One of the Biggest Mistakes a Paralegal Did Not Make

The story about the over $900,000 in monetary sanctions requested by the defendant’s attorneys against a widower and his formerly well-respected attorney in a multi-million dollar wrongful death trial, due to spoilation of Facebook evidence and subsequent perjury, has been covered in numerous blawgs, including Above the Law and The Empowered Paralegal, but I just…

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Attorney Reprimanded for Allowing Legal Assistant to Perform Lawyer Tasks

This particular excerpt from a recent list of attorneys disciplined by The Florida Bar caught my eye (and you know why): Constantine Kalogianis, 8141 Bellarus Way, Suite 103, Trinity, publicly reprimanded following a June 17 court order. (Admitted to practice 1993) Kalogianis is further directed to complete ethics school. Kalogianis failed to maintain communication with…

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10 Risk Management Strategies for Paralegals

Camille Stell By Camille Stell, CLAS Develop standard procedures for dealing with clients from intake to settlement, and beware of the client who is always looking for a deviation from protocol. Document your conversations with difficult clients, especially your reasonable efforts in response to unreasonable requests. Develop clear boundaries and define realistic expectations, including your…

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Paralegal’s Alleged Dating Relationship Leads to Perjury Charge

The U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts issued a press release on May 11, 2011, stating that Massachusetts paralegal Melanie Abbruzzese has been charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, arising out of an alleged dating relationship with a federal postal inspector. Abbruzzese was employed by Denner Pelligrino, LLP, a Boston-based law…

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Make Your Own Error Message

In yet another installment of “I’m sure ya’ll have nothing better to do than play on the computer,” I stumbled upon this cool website, “Make your own Error Message.” Good clean fun, plus whose heart hasn’t stopped for just a sec (or more) when those awesome error messages appear on your computer screen? Since I…

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Where Am I?

No, there’s no door prize if you guess right. I’m not even sure I know the answer, after driving home from a wonderful weekend at the beach, doing three loads of laundry, washing two dogs, and trying to obliterate that horrific odor in the kitchen sink from a dinner long past. (Okay, really only last…

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Worst Collection Letter Written by a Paralegal Ever

At first, Hernando Today’s story, “Complaint against lawyer goes to high court,” seems to be another regrettably familiar tale of embezzlement, involving a Florida lawyer, his paralegal, and the loss of over $200,000 belonging to a client. After a 2010 grievance committee review found probable cause, The Florida Bar filed a complaint against Buck, alleging…

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