Four Courtroom Etiquette Rules for Paralegals

As a trial date approaches, a litigation paralegal performs many invaluable tasks.   While assisting the lawyer, a litigation paralegal calendars dates, organizes briefs, prepares witnesses, and contacts experts.  But his or her duties do not stop at the courthouse door.   Once a trial begins, a paralegal may be called on to assist attorneys from the first row or at counsel’s table, and use of proper courtroom etiquette contributes to a judge or jury’s final decision.  Here are our four courtroom etiquette rules for paralegals.
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Five Reasons to Locally Schedule a Court Reporter

 

ARE YOU a locavore?  Throughout our country, people are rediscovering the benefits of buying locally produced foods.  They are generally fresher, tastier, and more nutritious than foods shipped from distant states and foreign countries. Being a locavore is also good for our local economies.  Buying directly from family farmers helps those small businesses generate profits, as well as their local employees’ incomes, that are then available to be spent within our communities on other goods and services, some of which incur State, County, City, and local sales taxes that fund public projects and governmental services.  Rethink Local explains how localism builds communities that are healthy and sustainable. (more…)

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Meet CompuScripts’ Featured Blog Guest, An Incoming 2L

CompuScripts enjoys introducing you to attorneys and paralegals who make a difference in the legal industry. Today, we introduce you to a young man at the very beginning of his law career, a University of South Carolina School of Law student, A. Elliott Barrow, III, who has just completed his first year of study. (more…)

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Four Ethical Standards Lawyers Should Expect from Court Reporters

Caveat emptor, attorneys and litigants in South Carolina! There is no oversight of independent court reporters in the Palmetto State, and as such, there are wide and varying practices and policies followed by those who perform the duties of freelance court reporters and their affiliated companies. Part of the mission of the South Carolina Court Reporters Association is to maintain the integrity and elevate the standards of the court reporting profession and portray the ideals set by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). CompuScripts’ founder is a long-standing member of NCRA, and CompuScripts subscribes to the Code of Ethics promulgated by NCRA. In addition to promoting competence, professionalism, continuing education, and ethics, NCRA issues advisory opinions, position statements, and accredits schools. Unfortunately, many court reporters in South Carolina see no need for membership in such a professional organization. (more…)

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Four Tips to Maximize Attending a Conference

CompuScripts Court Reporters loves to stay in touch with our clients, and we communicate with them daily through emails and phone calls. But what we most enjoy is the opportunity to connect with attorneys and paralegals in person at the many trade shows and conferences we support through sponsorships and expositions. (more…)

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Legal Malpractice Lawsuits and Getting It Right

With law firms having seen steep increases in multi-million dollar legal malpractice claims over the past few years, lawyers must be even more diligent in managing the increasing number and complexity of issues confronted in client representation. Why? According to one insurance trade publication, both claims and payouts are climbing. (more…)

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