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The Legaco Express - Newsletter for Paralegals
Free Newsletter for the Paralegal Community
Free Newsletter for the Paralegal Community


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Video: Will Social Media Change How We Litigate?

In Texas, Rep. Jeff Leach (R) has introduced a bill that would allow courts to approve substituted service via a social media website if the court finds that "defendant could reasonably be expected to receive actual notice" through the site.

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New Edition of The American Paralegal Journal published today!

This new issue includes:

- exclusive papers regarding international trade and trademark issues,
- a book review about the future of law firms,
- an article about legal research today,

and much more.

Please help share the word so we can publish many more editions!

You can subscribe for free here:

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News: Latest U.S. News law school rankings are out showing major shakeup

The 2014 U.S. News law school rankings have just been published. For the first time time employment statistics were taken into account to compile the rankings. Graduate placement rates now account for 20 percent of a school’s overall score and a greater weight is allocated to permanent full-time jobs that require bar passage or for which a J.D. is a recruitment advantage.

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News: Patton Boggs lays off 65 people, including paralegals

These past few days, Washington, D.C.-based law firm Patton Boggs has laid off 30 associates and staff lawyers. as well as 8 paralegals, and other support staff positions.

The members of the firm's litigation practice bore the brunt of the layoffs, though there were no partners who lost their jobs.

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Career Tip: How to Ace a Performance Review Interview

For most paralegals, performance review interviews can be a time of stress and fear, with supervising lawyers spending only 10 minutes on the interviews, providing reports with no specific feedback, basing their opinion on the most recent events, or forgetting to recognize their paralegals when they do a good job.

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We have just published the latest edition of the Legaco Express for Paralegals, our free newsletter for paralegals and legal assistants.

You will find in this newsletter the following articles:

- Social Media and Paralegal Job Search
- Are Legal Clinics the Best Way to Gain Paralegal Knowledge?
- How to Persuade Your Boss That You Are Right?
- 10 Top Intellectual Property Resources for Paralegals.

Plus, as usual, jobs, an interesting survey about online tools, and other useful links.

Please share with friends and happy reading!

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News: Analysis Recommends Increased Use of Non-Lawyer Professionals

An analysis conducted by the CEB, based on a recent survey of in-house departments concluded that, to increase efficiency, legal departments should:

1. Use non-lawyer professionals more often.

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Video: Making Law on the High Seas
by Kristina Gjerde.

Kristina Gjerde is an expert on the legal aspects of marine conservation.

As evidenced by the legal aftermath of the recently disabled cruise ship Carnival Triumph, ships can be registered and located in jurisdictions that maintain very different standards from what the general public may think.

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News: Tainted coffee leads to embezzlement case against law firm worker

Prosecutors say that a former employee of a Rice Lake, Wisconsin law firm tainted a co-worker’s coffee, and was later found to have embezzled over $10,000.
63-year-old Kay Lee Gysbers was released on a signature bond after being charged with forgery, embezzlement and placing foreign objects in edibles.

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