Paralegal Achievements

Celebrating Legal Support Professional’s Day in Oklahoma

Congratulations to hard-working Oklahoma legal support staffers, who have earned their very own state day of recognition today, May 2. Legal Support Professional’s Day was declared by official proclamation of Governor Mary Fallin: Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., the mayor of Tulsa, also issued a proclamation declaring today as “Legal Support Professional’s Day,” recognizing the “integral…

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From Legal Secretary to Victorian Lady

I admit I spent a very enjoyable ten minutes perusing the turn of the century costumes available at California legal secretary Kathy Loyd’s vintage costume shop, Lottie Ballou, http://www.lottieballou.com/. The Benicia Patch featured Loyd and her unique business in its latest “Who’s Who in Benicia”. Lottie Ballou’s site describes the transformative services offered: Sometimes the…

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Paralegal Educator Profile: Dianna L. Noyes, RP®, M.S.

Job Title: Educator       Employer: Various – Currently teaching for Kaplan University (on-line) in a variety of courses, MTI College (Sacramento) – Family Law (on-line) and California University Pennsylvania – Estates and Trusts or Elder Law, and continuing education courses for Duke University Years of Paralegal Experience: 19+ Education/Degrees: BA – Criminal Justice from CSU, Sacramento;…

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Michiana Paralegal Association’s 2010 Paralegal of the Year

Congratulations to Indiana paralegal Cherylan Shearer. She is the Michiana Paralegal Association’s 2010 Paralegal of the Year. Shearer works for Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham, LLP in Goshen. Kudos as well to Shearer’s employer who recognized her achievement on its website: Ms. Shearer has been with Yoder, Ainlay, Ulmer & Buckingham for 16 years. Her…

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Paralegal Profile: Barbara Liss

Job Title: Paralegal Employer: Law Office of Christopher C. Jones, Santa Barbara, California Years of Paralegal Experience: 38 (ouch!) Education/Degrees: Paralegal Certificate from University of California, Santa Barbara, California private post-secondary teaching credential in Paralegal Studies Specialty Areas: For most of my career was a civil litigation trial paralegal; transitioned three years ago to estate…

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Paralegal Hones Craft During 15-Year Incarceration

“Every day is beautiful now. I don’t have a bad day anymore. I think that my worst day out of prison will be better than my greatest good day in prison.” ~ Jabbar Collins (Wall Street Journal) New York paralegal Jabbar Collins definitely did not take the traditional route to the paralegal profession. He did…

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Buy Frank Kameny A Drink

The Washington Blade reports that a new Facebook page “Buy Frank a Drink” (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Buy-Frank-A-Drink/154981487882949) has been set up to benefit 85-year old Frank Kameny, best known for his work with the gay rights movement. Kameny, a World War II combat veteran, has been credited with starting a paralegal service to help gay and lesbian service…

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NJ Legal Assistants Receive Above & Beyond Award

Last month, the New Jersey Association of Legal Administrators (NJALA) recognized five winners of its annual Above & Beyond Contest: Margaret Davis-EngelLegal AssistantBerman, Sauter, Record & Jardim, P.C. Maude CatonLegal AssistantLaddey, Clark and Ryan, LLP Nancy NeblLegal AssistantChasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC Jacquelyn SkowronskiLegal AssistantMcElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter Melissa Van LoanParalegalHoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst…

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First Legal Assistant to Join ABA Dies

Linda DeLange Bennett died of breast cancer on November 3, 2010, but not without leaving an impressive mark on the legal system. In 1983, Bennett was a major contributor to the Texas probate law guidelines, which were published by the State Bar of Texas to help non-lawyers navigate the probate system. Bennett was the first…

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