Today’s News Headlines ~ Tuesday, January 31, 2011

Today’s News Headlines ~ Tuesday, January 31, 2011

Paralegals need to stay on top of legal news and trends, as well as what their fellow paralegals are doing. The following caught my eye when I opened my Google Reader this morning:

Illusion of Protection. Barbara Liss, an estate planning, trust administration and probate paralegal at the law office of Christopher C. Jones, and current president of the Santa Barbara Paralegal Association, opposes a proposal by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission on the closure ordinance for mobile home parks. Full story at the Santa Barbara Independent.

Once helping claimants, former paralegal now is one.  For 26 years Paula McIlduff worked as a paralegal for the Connecticut claims commissioner, assisting those seeking reparations from state government. Now, a few months after retiring, she’s one of those people.  McIlduff, who left her job in September, 2011 has filed a claim with her old office because the state is refusing to pay her the full $15,000 she believes she is owed for accrued vacation time. Full story at the Connecticut Post.

Sweet iPad App for Paralegals: Allrecipes, Your Kitchen Inspiration. Lynne DeVenny, NCCP, who blogs at Practical Paralegalism, provides information about the Allrecipes iPad App. She’s even upgraded to the pro version! Read more here.

How To Get More Substantive Work  Misty Sheffield, CP, owner of Atlanta Paralegal Services says, “One of the top complaints I hear from paralegals is that their supervising attorneys are not utilizing the paralegal’s full potential. This scenario leads to boredom, frustration, and low job satisfaction. It is a lose-lose, for the paralegal and the firm.” Misty shares 3 three ways to help you get more substantive. Follow this link for this video paralegal career tip.

Awards snowball in 2011 for Longmont paralegal. Longmont, CO paralegal RoxAnn Mack won the 2011 CBA Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award after rolling up her sleeves to give back in all sorts of ways: by donating blood six times a year, researching arrest warrants for homeless people in Denver, leading a team in the annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Race for the Cure and more. Still, she was surprised when her pro bono paralegal work and community service won recognition from the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Bar Association and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. RoxAnn is profiled in the Longmont Times Call.

If you have breaking news of interest to the legal industry, be sure to let me know: vicki@paralegalmentor.com.