Today’s blog is authored by CompuScripts’
Litigation Specialist Kaye Mullinax.
Sage Advice for the Legal Professional
In my thirty years as a litigation paralegal, I’ve assisted in the training of many young lawyers, many of whom now sit on either the state or federal bench. I’ve also trained more new paralegals than I care to count. I have a lot of information about deposition preparation that should be disseminated to newbies, and I’m happy to share it.
Don’t think you missed the class about deposition preparation. An instructor probably touched on the topic during a torts class , but not to a degree that was practical application. I hope this post will make deposition preparation and scheduling go smoothly for new litigation paralegals. Here are my guidelines on deposition preparation to keep your depositions moving and your cart out of the ditch. Continue reading
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.
There are two national organizations that benefit the paralegal profession. The National Association of Legal Assistants and the American Alliance of Paralegals offer industry news and education opportunities to paralegals across the country. Local organizations, however, offer members invaluable benefits. One such organization is Palmetto Paralegal Association, which counts CompuScripts Court Reporters as a sustaining member. PPA is devoted to enhancing recognition, promoting professional development, and updating employment information within the paralegal profession in the Midlands of South Carolina. Continue reading