Paralegals in the News

Can Wearing an Orange Shirt to Work Get You Fired?

Cute J. Crew tee. I want it. But could it get me fired? You betcha. According to the Sun Sentinel, 14 staffers formerly employed by Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A., a law firm in Deerfield Beach, Florida, were let go last Friday for wearing orange shirts. To add insult to injury, that Friday also happened to…

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Former Paralegal Sues State of Connecticut for Unpaid Vacation Time

Whatever you do, don’t let this “erroneously accrue.” The moral of this news story might be to not let your vacation time accrue. Take it now. However, Paula McIlduff, a paralegal who retired from the Connecticut Office of the Claims Commissioner last year after a stellar 26-year career, thought she was helping her short-staffed department…

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Was It Worth It, Bonnie?

I suspect all of you know who Bonnie Sweeten is, i.e. pretty much the most infamous former paralegal in America, if not the world, recently sentenced to prison for multiple crimes. What did she do? What didn’t she do? Steal over a million dollars during a five-year period from law firm clients, co-workers, and even…

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Let’s Give a High Five to Paralegals Making Good News!

Okay, this one was cuter than peeps high-fiving 😛 Arizona legal assistant Jessica Lanum’s employer, Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices, nominated her for the Arizona Daily Star’s list of outstanding employees that helped their companies excel in 2011. Described as willing to go the extra mile, intelligent, hard-working, and loyal, it’s also extremely cool that…

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Legal Assistant Shaves Head to Help Cancer-Stricken Friend

Hiley and Litjens via the Brighouse ECHO Most of us haven’t been in the position of shaving our heads to support a friend, but a recent news story about Rachel Hiley, a British legal assistant from Hipperholme, who shaved her head to support her childhood friend stricken with lung cancer, Rachael Litjens, made me think…

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Paralegal’s Dog Is an All American Champion

If you think Practical Paralegalism is going to the dogs, you’re right. But I’m not the only legal professional with an unabashed bias for the canines. You should check out North Carolina law student, soon-to-be-lawyer Lee Robertson’s blog, Falling Up. I have a major pup crush on his dog, Barb, a frequent – and fashionable…

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Paralegal Profile: Patricia Castillo

Patricia Job Title:  Paralegal/Legal Assistant Employer:  Clyne & Associates, P.A., Coral Gables, FL Years of Paralegal Experience:  9 Education/Degrees:  I started paralegal school, but haven’t yet completed all the classes (too expensive for me right now!) Specialty Areas:  Civil Litigation – Insurance Defense (e.g., auto accidents, premises liability, product liability, etc.); Plaintiff mass toxic tort…

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Legal Assistant Passes CA Bar Exam Without Going to Law School

Big high five to former legal assistant Jennifer O’Brien who passed the California bar exam last year, without ever attending law school. Heck, I know plenty of people who took the notoriously difficult California bar exam multiple times and failed even after graduating from law school. California is one of a few states that offers…

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Paralegal Wants To Be the Biggest Loser

Daphne and her brother Nobody likes to lose, right? Especially paralegals, because we’re kind of competitive and Type A to start with. But Daphne Dortch, an Illinois paralegal and single mom, wants to lose the biggest prize of them all: enough weight to alleviate health problems and wear a bikini. Diets in Review.com reported that…

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