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2013 The Legal Assistant's Complete Desk Reference (Table of Contents)
Ursula Furi-Perry; Editor
A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work. The typical duties of a paralegal or legal assistant are incredibly wide-ranging and varied. You are expected to perform all the legal work that does not require a lawyer--sometimes, this means performing this legal work for several lawyers--and a fair amount of the office tasks. there are also model rules and ethical codes to be followed.
Paralegals and legal assistants need a thorough guide to all the rule and regulations governing their job performance, as well as a repository of the many forms they see every day. The 2013 Legal Assistant's Complete Desk Reference explores these myriad responsibilities and types of paperwork in six easy-to-use sections.
This comprehensive, up-to-date handbook also explores the career opportunities open to paralegals and legal assistants, as well as some common ares of legal practice and what they entail. With a CD of writable sample forms and letters, a state-by-state resource guide, a glossary of common legal terms, and a thorough index, this is the guide you need to efficiently complete all your many duties.

The ABA Model Guidelines for the Utilizations of Paralegal Services (2004)
ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals
This 2003 revision of the Model Guidelines is intended to reflect the legal and policy developments that have taken place since the first draft in 1991 and may assist states in revising or further refining their own recommendations and guidelines. Moreover, the Standing Committee is of the view that these and other guidelines on paralegal services will encourage lawyers to utilize those services effectively and promote the continued growth of the paralegal profession.

Basic Training Manual for Legal Secretaries (2007) (Table of Contents) 
Sally Jarvis
The manual is divided into ten chapters, and as we hear from users, we add, expand, change, and adapt the text to be of greatest use to those who are training legal secretaries or training to become legal secretaries. For that reason, we want to hear from you so that we may always improve this product.
The ten chapters contain basic information about matters of importance to legal secretaries. The Appendix contains extra materials and study aids.
We hope you will enjoy using this manual and that it will suit your needs.

Concise Guide to Paralegal Ethics (2010) (Table of Contents) 
Therese A. Cannon
This concise version of the author’s highly successful textbook, ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PARALEGALS, no in its fourth edition, provides succinct, focused, and complete coverage of basic ethical principles from the perspective of the practicing paralegal. Written by a respected author and leader in the field of paralegal education, Concise Guide to Paralegal Ethics, is ideal as the main text in related courses on ethics or as a supplementary text in related courses on law for paralegals.

The Effective Associate Training Program (1999) (Table of Contents) 
Austin G. Anderson and Arthur G. Greene
The ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the Bar is committed to offering lawyers, across the broad spectrum of the profession, quality CLE. Using a variety of formats, this continuing legal education helps enable lawyers to meet their professional goals, to better serve their clients, to meet MCLE requirements in those jurisdictions which mandate CLE and, in general, to raise the level of quality service in the profession. The Standing Committee recognizes, however, that stand-alone CLE can never fully replace the training and mentoring which law firms and corporations can offer their associates. We are therefore very pleased to bring you this manual, full of practical and valuable information and suggestions for blending CLE with in-house training of lawyers and for maintaining a strong plan for the professional development of lawyers which can guide young and new lawyers as they progress towards leadership roles in their workplace and in the profession.

The Everything Guide to Being a Paralegal (2006) (Table of Contents) 
Steven W. Schneider
If you’d like to explore an exciting paralegal career, The Everything Guide to Being a Paralegal is your one-stop reference guide. Written by a seasoned paralegal studies instructor, The Everything Guide to Being a Paralegal gives you the edge you need to get ahead, from choosing a paralegal education program to how to pack a briefcase for trial.
This valuable resource is full of useful information on: Paralegal career options; Ethics and professional responsibility; How to work with lawyers; Legal specialties; and Assistance at trial.
Paralegals are an essential part of any well-run law office and the profession has grown by leaps and bounds over the last twenty years. Whether you’re a neophyte or an experienced paralegal, The Everything Guide to Being a Paralegal helps you make the decisions you need to take charge of your career!

The Extraordinary Administrator (2003) (Table of Contents) 
Paul A. C. Malliate
What are the essential qualities of an extraordinary administrator? How do you acquire and/or develop these skills and talents?
This groundbreaking book—developed specifically for law office management professionals—offers practical ideas and suggestions to help unlock your true potential and give your career that added boost.
And, bonus materials accompany many chapters. These articles, studies and surveys give direct insight to what works—and what does not—straight from successful administrators.

Help Associates Hit the Ground Running (2007)
Association of Legal Administrators
Sharon M. Abrahams and Jacqueline G. Meyer
Help your new lawyers reach their full potential and the firm achieve its strategic business goals by getting associates off to the right start. Legal administrators are more involved in associate orientation than ever before.

IPlanning the Orderly Succession of Lawyer Managers and Administrators (2007)
Association of Legal Administrators

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals (2007) (Table of Contents) 
Margaret E. Pickard
Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tool and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefit packages.
The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview questions, including the dreaded “zinger” questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.

The Legal Assistant's Complete Desk Reference (2011) (Table of Contents)
Ursula Furi-Perry (Editor)
Paralegals and legal assistants need a thorough guide to all the rules and regulations dictating their job performance, as well as a repository of the many forms they see every day. Now, the American Bar Association examines these myriad responsibilities in The Legal Assistant's Complete Desk Reference. This authoritative compendium provides the scope and definition of the proficient and successful legal assistant in six easy-to-use sections: Part 1-A Day in the Life of a Legal Assistant; Part 2-Court Systems and Procedures; Part 3-Preparing Legal Instruments, Documents and Court Filings; Part 4-Legal Research and Writing; Part 5-Trial Preparation; and Part 6-Areas of Practice.
This comprehensive handbook also explores the career opportunities open to paralegals and legal assistants, as well as some common areas of legal practice and what they entail. Also included is a CD-Rom of sample forms and letters, a state-by-state resource guide, a glossary of common legal terms, and a thorough index. This is the authoritative ABA guide paralegals and assistants need to efficiently complete all their many duties.

Legal Assistant’s Guide to Professional Responsibility (2004) (Table of Contents) 
ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
This handbook may be used as a desk reference, a companion piece for each jurisdiction’s lawyer ethics rules, a basic text for a legal assistant ethics class, assigned reading as part of a legal assistant’s orientation to a firm, or as part of an in-house training program in legal ethics.

Legal Secretary’s Complete Handbook (1992) (Table of Contents) 
Mary A. DeVries
Here’s an instant reference brimming with tips, techniques, and reliable advice to help you perform scores of challenging and time-consuming legal secretarial tasks quickly and easily.
Organized for easy use in five parts, the handbook gives you start-to-finish methods for solving on-the-job problems as they arise.
General Duties in the Law Office—gives you guidelines, tips, and shortcuts for fostering winning working relationships with attorneys…saving valuable office time with automated equipment…streamlining your filing system…and more.
Preparing Legal Instruments and Documents—with handy checklists and 9 methods for executing and recording legal documents…placing acknowledgements…handling powers of attorney…etc.
Assisting in Specialized Practice—turn here for fast reference rules-of-thumb and tested practices for assisting in partnership formation and incorporation, acting as corporate secretary, planning successful meetings and receptions…the list goes on and on.
Legal Facts and Secretarial Aids—provides you with current forms of address for members of the judiciary…often-used Latin words and phrases…and a comprehensive listing of courts of record and judicial circuits.
Whether you’re acting as a notary…preparing a legal brief or citation…or fielding telephone calls from important clients—you’ll discover step-by-step prescriptions for boosting your productivity and swiftly advancing in your career all in this one comprehensive guide.

Lessons from the Top Paralegal Experts (2008) (Table of Contents) 
Carole A. Bruno
Lessons from the Top Paralegal Experts is a unique and much needed reference for paralegal students and professionals. It not only covers success stories about paralegals but also shares their insights on how they do their work. The primary goal of the book is to help readers learn hands-on techniques directly from paralegal leaders in the field. These top paralegal experts share the secrets that have helped them become the best of the best in their professions. The paralegal experts practice in various specialties and the premise of this book is that students and professionals can learn more effectively from the experiences of others. 

Leveraging with Legal Assistants (1993) (Table of Contents) 
Arthur G. Greene (Editor)
Clients are forcing revolutionary changes within the legal profession. With a shrinking market and an oversupply of lawyers, there is a new urgency to provide quality service at a reasonable cost. Lawyers who do not respond to these client demands may not survive the 1990s and beyond.
To remain competitive, lawyers need to acknowledge that they are overqualified for much of what they do. With proper management and careful supervision, a substantial portion of traditional lawyer work can be performed by qualified nonlawyers. It is through the expanded use of legal assistants that lawyers can remain profitable while meeting current client demands. This book is dedicated to advancing this concept.

The Paralegal’s Guide to Professional Responsibility, Fourth Edition  (2015) (Table of Contents)
Arthur Garwin
Professional responsibility is at the core of delivering effective legal services. Paralegals are expected to obey the ethics rules by which their lawyer employers are bound. To help paralegals stay on top of ethics issues, the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility has updated The Paralegal's Guide to Professional Responsibility. The new fourth edition reviews the ethics issues that are relevant to paralegals, legal assistants, secretaries, and other employees of law firms, corporations, and law-related organizations and offers guidance that can be adapted to practice in any jurisdiction. This new edition encompasses all recent changes to the Model Rules, along with updated references to court decisions and other resources. The book also features an entirely new chapter focused on communications. The book is designed to help paralegals understand key areas of the Model Rules and related ethics issues.

Paralegal Practice and Procedure (2009) (Table of Contents)
Deborah E. Larbalestrier
Paralegal Practice and Procedure is the definitive guide for paralegals at any level. Now fully revised, this new fourth edition includes updated guidelines for each aspect of a paralegal’s job, including new procedures, and the latest information on Internet resource tools. Topics covered include: Paralegal ethics; Training programs; Court systems and court procedures; Federal court practice and procedures; Pretrial practice and procedure; Legal research tools; and Electronic trial preparation procedures.In addition to the thorough resources that will be applicable to every paralegal, this book also includes detailed information on practice and procedures for working in specialty law firms. 

Paralegal Procedures and Practices (2010) (Table of Contents) 
Scott A. Hatch, J.D. and Lisa Zimmer Hatch
This book may be used in conjunction with virtually any course of paralegal studies and is designed to quickly and efficiently train paralegals to assist their firms in initiating lawsuits, investigating facts, interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing legal documents, digesting discovery, and conducting manual and computer assisted legal research. This new edition updates previous exercises and introduces new exercises that relate to business and corporate law and Internet and computerized legal research.

The Paralegal’s Handbook (2008) (Table of Contents) 
Anita G. Haworth, RP and Lesley G. Cox, RP
Paralegals are the backbone of the legal business. The Paralegal’s Handbook is a guide to the responsibilities and tasks a paralegal may be asked to undertake. From investigation and fact gathering to document control and discovery, this book will help legal secretaries and paralegals in their day-to-day lives. The authors, experienced paralegals themselves, provide details on the various areas of practice paralegals choose, as well as clear explanations of what happens when a paralegal is asked to step outside of his or her accustomed legal discipline.
Included areas of practice are: Family Law, Probate, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, and Personal Injury.

Paralegals, Profitability, and the Future of your Law Practice (2003) (Table of Contents) 
Arthur G. Greene and Therese A. Cannon
Firms that succeed in the years ahead will be those that can make fundamental changes to the services they offer and their methods of practice. Paralegals have provided advantages in the past that can be easily incorporated into these new methods.
This book provides valuable advice on how to use paralegals to achieve unparalleled success in providing clients with quality service. You’ll learn how to create a paralegal model for use in your firm, how to recruit and hire top-notch paralegals, how to run an effective program, what ethical issues to be aware of when working with paralegals, and much more. Plus, essential forms and job descriptions contained in the appendix are included on the accompanying CD-Rom for easy customization!