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1st-Jun-2010 12:07 pm - Lawyers competition
lady
The International Contest of Young Lawyers “Precedent” is an on-line activity for students and young professionals. It's a bilingual contest where you can send the work in English or Russian.
It’s main goal is to give young lawyers and students a place to share opinions and try their skills. At the same time practicing lawyers and the one who is just interested in jurisprudence may participate.
There are two spheres where the participant may choose a case to resolve - intellectual property and private international law. Here’s the list of cases.
You can vote for the works and comment! Here are the approved solutions.
The Contest is held till 21 of June 2010. You can send a work up to June 15.
Prizes for the winners are granted!
14th-Aug-2009 10:37 pm - Seeking a Paralegal job.
I was just laid off today from my job as a Defense Litigation Paralegal. I have a year's worth of experience, a BA from Florida State, and will have finished my Paralegal degree in either Fall 2009 or Spring 2010. I have a profile with LinkedIn, and am doing the research regarding firms in two areas: where I currently live with my fiance, and where we'll be moving in November (about 50 miles away). I'm not afraid to commute. :)

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to go about the job search? I realize that I'm fortunate as a now-former Litigation Paralegal, but still have the feeling that the search is going to be difficult. Of course, it's hard for everyone now! I have e-mails coming in from CareerBuilder and will be sending resumes and cover letters to as many firms as humanly possible, but other than that, I'm not sure how to effectively go about searching.

Oh, and let's not forget networking! I'm lucky that I also have a lot of friends from my old firm who are willing to keep their eyes peeled, and an office manager who offered to write a recommendation letter as she delivered the "I'm sorry, but we're letting you go" news. I'm also trying to get in contact with one of the equity partners with whom I've worked the entire time I was there -- here's to hoping she pulls through!

Anyway, if anyone else has any advice, I'd love to hear it. Oh, and if you know anyone hiring a paralegal in or around Orlando and Cocoa, please let me know. :) Thank you!!

x-posted to paralegals and paralegal_cafe
18th-Mar-2009 10:16 am - NFPA, NALA, NALS.... Opins please?
I am looking into working towards my national certification as a paralegal.  All these organizations offer memberships and testing/certification:

1.  NFPA    2.  NALA   3.  NALS

What are your opinions of these organizations as a whole?    Are you a member?     Did you complete their Paralegal Certification?     Have you completed more than one certification?
24th-Feb-2009 08:54 pm - Child Support in Illinois
Shoulder by Me
I am currently working on a divorce case which is contested in every sense of the word. There are four children from the marriage and neither side can agree on a child support amount due to the mother from the father. I'm wondering if any of you are paralegals in the family law field in Illinois and/or know of any good sources of how to accurately compute child support. I know the basics such as going from bi-weekly to monthly, figuring the standard deductions, and using the statutory child support percentages. However, I don't have a lot of experience in other deductions (such as what types of insurance can be deducted) or figuring the amount for each exemption.

Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

I was an intern in this firm from May of 2007 until December of 2008. As of December 15, I graduated from ISU and have been full-time ever since. This is my first time posting here; hopefully someone can give me some advice :)
2nd-Dec-2008 11:29 am - introduction
religious unity
Wow!  I'm slighlty surprised that this community exists...but, I'm super happy about it.

A Quick intro:  I'm a recent law school graduate (ugh, worst mistake of my life, for sure).  I've been an Antitrust paralegal in Nashville, TN since Feb. 2005.  I know, not very glam but I'll try and post semi-interesting stuff to this community whenever I can.

Again, I'm super glad this community exists.
19th-May-2008 09:46 am - Nosy, Nosy, Nosy, Nosy Biddy
So last week, we get an email from The Partner saying "Let's all be professional and not send inappropriate emails using the work email and let's not read other people's emails when we shouldn't be. We should all be too busy to be dealing with this."

Everyone, and I mean everyone had no idea what inspired the email. I'm usually the person who knows everything (and that does NOT mean gossip queen because I don't repeat everything I hear. I just happen to hear a lot) so I had attorneys, secretaries, paralegals, receptionist, everyone asking me what was going on. I had no idea.

But I have just found out and I'm sharing it with you all. Feel honored.

( Fake LJ-cut: Has Crossed the Line )
14th-Feb-2008 04:55 pm - Why I <3 Lazy and Nosy Biddy
Roses are red. Violets are blue.
Ducks waddle. And so do you.

Violets are blue. Roses are red.
Your clothes are lumpy. And so is your head.

Roses are red. Violets are blue.
If you are Nosy Biddy, I'm glad you have the flu.

Violets are blue, roses are red.
If you are Lazy Biddy, how did you ever wed?


So I was going to do an entry on the 40-year-old virgin or the story behind the Crown Royal bribe. Or tell you how to be the best informed person at your work without sleeping with anyone. Instead, I am sitting here royally pissed to fucking high hell and writing corny hate poetry to Nosy and Lazy Biddy.

( Fake LJ-cut to make x-posting less annoying )

Cross-posted to paralegals  and pre_law .
4th-Feb-2008 11:17 am - A Logical Reasoning Problem
In honor of my LSAT, I bring you a logical reasoning problem.

Disclaimer: All characters appearing in this work are true. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely deliberate.


We have an attorney in this office that is smart. Socially awkward at times, but very smart. Brings in a lot of money, hard-working, etc. etc. This attorney used to abuse the staff, but he has gotten better about it. (I swear, Friday afternoon 4:45, he will bring you a 2000 pages of documents he wants copied. Twice. And there are staples every 5 pages. And of course he wants both the original and copied sets stapled like the originals were. Bloody hell.)

( Fake LJ-cut to the problem to make cross-posting less annoying )
Evil Grin
...even though I'm kinda seeing one and have one for a cousin.
  • We have a system of laws that govern over us but not a lot of justice.

  • More often than not lawyers only have sex with other lawyers.

  • The law is absolute...except when it isn't.

  • Everyone deserves a fair trial.

  • Judges get to wear black silk and send people to jail.

  • Innocent until proven guilty is a lovely idea that people do not strictly adhere to.

  • There are the actual courts and then there's the courts of public opinion.

  • The guilty do not always goto jail.

  • The innocent do goto jail.

  • It is not a good idea to lie, cheat and/or steal in the defense or prosecution of a suspect...but some lawyers will do it anyway.

  • Crazy lawyers are more successful than sane ones.

  • It is never okay to be seen having sex with your client...so don't get caught.

  • Facts not in evidence is a brilliant legal manuever that is heavily abused with a multitude of applications.

  • The fools and their lawyers are soon parted...usually when the fools decide to represent themselves.

  • When in doubt, sue!

  • Legal promises are only so binding as to what point you are at in a case.

  • The confidentiality between doctors and their patients is absolute...yet many devious lawyers often find loopholes in this.
Women are always comparing themselves to one another while pretending not to. Who is prettier? Who has the smaller ass? Who has the cutest shoes? In the professional world it becomes a subtle art form with a certain finesse. You know those catty girls in high school? They don't grow up. They just spend years sharpening their claws and practicing their underhanded insults.

Illustration 1.

So we have a little group of underlings here at work that are planning on going to law school, myself included. Everyone took their LSATs last summer/fall and I'm the only one taking it this Saturday. *Gag*Stress*Choke*

So my life has become nothing more than working, studying, and thus, ass-expanding. I'm not fat so I figure, if I don't work out for a month or two, no one will notice. Why bother, you know? Until yesterday. Sweet File Clerk and I went down the the convenience store in our building to get some dessert after lunch.

Size 7 Atlparalegal: Hi! Welcome back from your vacation. How was it?
Perfect Size 2 Store lady: It was wonderful. I think you get prettier every time I see you!
Size 7 Atlparalegal: [Eyes ice cream freezer] Thanks. But I doubt it. I think I'm getting fatter every time you see me.
Perfect Size 2 Store lady: [Glances at the ice cream freezer and then gives pointed look to Atlparalegal] Yes, well I always though the chubby girls were the prettiest.
Sweet File Clerk: Thank you! Have a nice day! [Drags Size 7 Atlparalegal out of the store as her Wolverine claws have come out and she has started frothing at the mouth.]

Illustration 2.

Atlparalegal: I'm so stressed out because of the LSATs.
Denial Biddy: Oh, you'll do fine.
Atlparalegal: I hope so. I feel like I should just go home and study. Work seems so insignificant right now.
Denial Biddy: Well. You should feel that way. This test determines the rest of your life.
Atlparalegal: I never thought of it that way. The rest of my life. The rest of my life. The... rest... of... my... life...? [Sways and falls to the ground due to cardiac arrest]

Edit: This entry was posted by S. F. Clerk at the request of Atlparalegal who has been put on strict bed rest until her LSAT. Her doctors advise not saying the words "LSAT," "Law School," "U.S. News Rankings," "LSAC," "fat," and "fucking, manipulative, catty bitches" around her.  It is difficult to retract Wolverine claws and her insurance does not cover rage.

[x-posted to paralegals and pre_law]
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