Entries by Paralegals

So, You Think You Want To Freelance?

By Morag A. Polaski The reactions I receive when I tell people that I am a freelance paralegal range from “that’s so cool” to “huh?” Many times, people don’t realize that paralegals can freelance. I recently heard a student in a paralegal program say, “I want to be a freelance paralegal.  How do I do […]

Tips For Returning To Work After an Absence

By Stephanie Durham-Rivera Whether returning to work after having kids, returning to work after the death of a loved one, or rejoining after a long hiatus; only you will know when you’re ready, willing, and able to join the workforce again. At times, the return to work can seem overwhelming. But with the proper strategies, […]

Paralegals In the Trademark Industry

By Matthew Schneller In my experience, trademark paralegals take up a larger proportion of the head count, draft a greater percentage of substantive work product, and tend to have more direct contact with clients than they do in any other practice group. Where many practices have large projects that take up most of an employee’s […]

Why Pro Bono?

By Rachel Royal The first time I heard the term “pro bono” was in the 2001 movie, “I Am Sam.” Sean Penn played a single father with a learning disability who was fighting to retain parental rights of his 7-year-old daughter, played by Dakota Fanning, after her mother abandoned them. The attorney who takes on […]

Why I Joined the Paralegal Division Council

By Leslie Pegram I’ve sat down a few times to write this particular blog. My goal is to encourage fellow Paralegal Division members to submit a nomination to become a council member. However, every time I’ve started to write this blog post, the first two sentences have always sounded like a business pitch and felt […]

BarCARES Program Offers Help For Legal Professionals

By Mollie Schwam One of the benefits of NCBA membership is access to BarCARES, a confidential, free service that provides referrals for counseling services. Members of local bars that subscribe to the program are also eligible. BarCARES offers participants up to three, no-cost sessions with counselors per year. If a participant wishes to have more […]