Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Paralegal Voice: “Practice Management and Ethics Issues, Plus Choosing a Litigation Support Vendor”

The latest episode of The Paralegal Voice, “Practice Management and Ethics Issues, Plus Choosing a Litigation Support Vendor,” co-hosted by Lynne DeVenny and me, is now available at Legal Talk Network.

The first part of this episode episode features attorney Beverly Michaelis, Practice Management Advisor for the Oregon State Bar’s Professional Liability Fund, who discusses practice management, technology and current ethics issues for paralegals. She is followed by Shawn Siek, Vice President of ESI Business Development at Teris, who talks about what to look for, and how to hire, a litigation support vendor.

In this episode:
  • The number one cause of legal malpractice claims
  • Law office technology and training
  • Getting started on going paperless
  • Avoiding key technology-related ethics errors
  • Top three considerations when selecting a litigation support vendor
  • Negotiating volume-pricing and direct billing with vendors

The Paralegal Voice also thanks its sponsors: Teris, West Deposition Services, Clio and NALA, The Association for Legal Assistants/Paralegals.

Here are a few links to additional practice management resources:

Oregon Law Practice Management blog,

ABA Law Practice Management Section, and ABA Law Practice Today,

Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog,,

National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) ethics resources including the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Model Standards and Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegals.

National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) ethics resources including the Paralegal Model of Professional Responsibility, guidelines for ethics and disciplinary opinions, conflicts of interest and ethics applications to paralegals,

NALS...The Association for Legal Professionals ethics resources including Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

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