The Daily Transcript is proud to present its Distinguished Paralegals 2007

San Diego County paralegals, attorneys and legal experts had the opportunity to nominate distinguished paralegals in their field. The nomination process began in December, with more than 190 nominations submitted. A total of 120 nominations met the criteria set out for participation.

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Paralegals in position to improve reputation of legal profession

By ELIZABETH BALFOUR

Paralegals are critical to improving the reputation of lawyers in the community. The legal profession still suffers from negative stereotypes and some do indeed think we're better off "at the bottom of the sea," as the lawyer joke goes. Paralegals can pull lawyers out of this muddy, messy, pool of disrepute by displaying the following qualities.

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Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf?

By KRISTINE M. CUSTODIO

Living in fear is living a life of mediocrity. Your fear may be of going back to school, networking with other professionals, job security or competency at work. Perhaps it is the fear of taking your career to the next level, as a paralegal student or a working professional. Whatever your fear may be, ask yourself if this fear is precluding you from achieving some of your goals in life or at work and paralyzing you to the point of stagnation. Are you afraid of the big, bad "wolf"?

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Ask Julia

The following student questions were answered by Julia M. Dunlap, Esq., director of legal education for the Paralegal Certificate Program and Intellectual Property Certificate Program at the University of California, San Diego Extension. Dunlap has played an active role in paralegal education for over 10 years.

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Judges

Gretchen Veihl

University of San Diego

Elizabeth S. Balfour

Sheppard Mullin

Julia M. Dunlap, Esq.

University of California San Diego

Tony Pazelt

Heller Ehrman LLP

Sue Sullivan

University of San Diego

Shelly Blackman

Exclusively Legal

Elizabeth Williams

Barkley Court Reporters

Doug Sherwin

The Daily Transcript

Finalists

Leslie Anderson

Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne

Debbie Turner

The McClellan Law Firm

Kori Kempton

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP

Kathryane Foster

Foley & Lardner LLP

Denise Marie Blassak

Juvenile Dependency Appellate Team, San Diego County Counsel's Office

Karen Morris

Basie & Fritz

Jennifer Weidinger

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC

Jamie L. Campbell

Wilson Petty Kosmo & Turner, LLP

Noelle Rennard

Larrabee Mehlman Albi Coker LLP

Maureen Duffy

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Patricia C. Kushner

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Carolyn Scott

Lathan & Watkins LLP

Joni C. Delucchi

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Lynn M. Johnson

Gordon & Rees

Mary Jo Cunningham

Casey Gerry

Katherine V. Gonz�lez

Hulett Harper Stewart LLP

Holly A. Ford

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Susan Mohney

Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Lori Dawson

Heller Ehrman LLP

Lisa Marie Popkins

Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins


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