Wishing one and all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011!!

December 30, 2010

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StarrParalegals spotlighted by BankruptcyProfessional.com

December 6, 2010

With particular experience in the Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights arena (litigation, adversary proceedings and preference actions), STARRParalegals is a virtual paralegal service that handles complex bankruptcy and litigation matters for its nationwide attorney clients. The firm emphasizes that its virtual paralegal service offerings “increase the value of our clients’ billable dollars”—completing the “job more efficiently and economically.”

We spoke with Pamela about running a business with your name on the door, the advantages of virtual paralegal outsourcing and what paralegals really think about lawyers.

Please e-mail me directly at [email protected] for a copy of the article or the full issue, and of course, contact me for more information about our services.

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Announcing ParalegalGateway’s 2011 Paralegal Superstars

December 6, 2010

I am so honored and thrilled to have been nominated and chosen by my peers as one of ParalegalGateway’s 2011 Paralegal Superstars. That’s right, yours truly, along with 11 other exceptional paralegals, will be featured in ParalegalGateway.com‘s 2011 Calendar. I guess this makes me Ms. October 🙂 (Hmm, I wonder if they realized that my birthday is in October?)

I am privileged to share the spotlight with the following exceptional paralegals:
1.  Mianne Besser (Colorado)
2.  Elizabeth Miner (Massachusetts)
3.  Ana Pierro (New Jersey)
4.  NeKeita Summerville (Texas)
5.  Stephanie Elliott-Park (North Carolina)
6.  Brynne Williamson (Washington)
7.  Allen F. Mihecoby (Texas)
8.  Beverly Johnston (North Carolina)
9.  Ann Jackson (Georgia)
10.  Pamela Starr (Georgia)
11.  Vicki Voisin (Michigan)
12.  Sherry Rosen (Georgia)

It is even more exciting because ParalegalGateway.com is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2011! Jeannie Johnston created ParalegalGateway in 2001 to help paralegals connect “before social networking was…well, before there was social networking!”

Join me in congratulating Jeannie Johnston and the 2011 Paralegal Superstars – and be sure to check out ParalegalGateway.com!

The 2011 Paralegal Superstar Calendar should be available in early December – contact me at [email protected] or ParalegalGateway.com for your copy!

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Amendments to Federal Rules Effective December 1, 2010

December 2, 2010

From the public announcement at The Third Branch:

The amendments range from simple technical and conforming language to significant changes in discovery and expert witnesses and include the following amended Rules:

  • Bankruptcy Rule 1007: shortens time for a debtor to file a list of creditors after the entry of an order for relief in an involuntary case, and extends the time for individual Chapter 7 debtors to file a statement of completion of course in personal financial management.
  • Bankruptcy Rule 1019: with some exceptions, a new time period to object to a claim of exemption arises when a case is converted to Chapter 7 from Chapter 11, 12, or 13.
  • Civil Rule 26: extends work-product protection to draft reports by testifying expert witnesses, and, with some specified exceptions, communications between attorneys and their experts.
  • Civil Rule 56: makes procedures for presenting and deciding summary-judgment motions more consistent across districts, and closes the gap that developed between the Rule text and actual practice.
  • Criminal Rule 3.1: clarifies standard and burden of proof regarding the release or detention of a person on probation or supervised release.
  • Evidence Rule 804: extends corroborating circumstances requirement to all declarations against penal interest offered in criminal cases.

For complete information on the new Federal Rules effective December 1, visit the Federal Rulemaking website at: www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/FederalRulemaking/Overview.aspx.

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