I have known and encountered many people, and I have often pondered why some people are happy and why other people are unhappy with their lives. Several years ago, I began seriously observing someone I know who is extremely happy. Everything this person gets involved with seems to go his way–without fail. He has never had any enemies and is always smiling and laughing. In fact, if you are ever in the general vicinity of this person, you always can tell exactly where he is because of the telltale giggles. I have spoken to other people who knew this person when he was five years old, and they say he was essentially the same as he is today: always happy-go-lucky. Carrying this disposition onward, throughout his adult life, this person has always remained cheerful and content, going about his business happily each day.
This person is one of the few I have ever known to be consistently, genuinely happy. The more I have observed him, the more I think ...
As much as I love Pinterest, it can make me want to buy a LOT of stuff, especially clothes and shoes. The problem? Most of the things I pin are WAY out of my budget, so today I’m going to show some great pins for fall shoes, and then less expensive alternatives to get the […]
Summary: A shocking number of American liberals have been sneaking into Canada, leading to increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration. The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration. The Republicans winning the Senate prompted an […]
For many attorneys, the law is their chosen career, and they came into it with particular goals or aspirations. In your own case, perhaps you wanted to work in the Department of Justice, prosecuting wrongdoing, or maybe you wanted to become a top corporate partner at a large New York firm. From my long experience […]
You were recently named partner in your firm. Congratulations! Your life is about to change significantly. Some of these changes, like an increase in prestige, and hopefully, compensation, are obvious and easy to embrace. However, with these benefits come increased responsibility and a change in the way you are viewed. You need to start viewing […]
As I explained in an earlier essay, what is true with respect to individuals in dating is also true with respect to law firms considering lateral candidates – they want to be wanted. If you don’t show much interest, energy or enthusiasm with respect to a potential mate, chances are he/she will develop little interest […]
The American Bar Association (ABA) defines paralegals or legal assistants as persons "qualified by education, training or work experience who are employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity to perform specifically designated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible."
Paralegal professional associations, such as the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), which will be discussed later in this article, take exception to parts of the above definition and have developed their own.
Generally speaking, someone becomes a paralegal by experience or training..
Lori Robinett serves as a paralegal for the Office of the General Counsel at the University of Missouri. She joined the general counsel's office in May 2008. Ms. Robinett began her legal career as a receptionist/overflow legal secretary in 1994. After she gained experience, she took a position as a legal secretary and began taking CLEs and studying paralegalism. Ms. Robinett was later promoted to a paralegal/office manager. As her experience and reputation grew, she was offered a position as a paralegal at a larger firm, where she gained valuable real estate and estate planning experience. When a position opened with the Office of the General Counsel..