San Diego Legal is comprised of two different programs — Legal Secretaries and Paralegals. Click the links below to view the finalists in the Transcript's two San Diego Legal categories.

San Diego Paralegals 2010

San Diego Legal Secretaries 2010

  • Recovery of paralegal fees: Proper billing standards

    Though there are several definitions and examples of what paralegal work is and is not, the actual recovery of paralegal fees has been appropriately and sometimes inappropriately challenged on several fee petitions. Total recovery can be increased by a few simple adjustments in approach to billing by paralegals for the work they perform.

  • California Western, UCSD serve legal, medical needs through community clinic

    The challenges facing those who have no access to housing, medical care or legal assistance often are overwhelming. Complicating the issue is the fact that there aren't nearly enough resources in the community to assist all of those who need help.

  • The Daily Transcript presents San Diego Legal Secretaries 2010

    San Diego County attorneys, colleagues and legal experts had the opportunity to nominate outstanding paralegals in their field. The nomination process began in January, with 38 nominations submitted.

  • The Daily Transcript presents San Diego Paralegals 2010

    San Diego County paralegals, attorneys and legal experts had the opportunity to nominate outstanding paralegals in their field. The nomination process began in January, with 31 nominations submitted.

  • Why you should encourage your secretary to take the CCLS exam

    Many attorneys and administrators are unaware of the California Certified Legal Secretary program, or if they have heard of it, they do not know much about what it entails. Why, as an attorney or administrator, should you encourage the secretaries in your firm to study for and take the exam?

  • San Diego Legal Secretaries Association: Continuing a strong tradition

    The San Diego Legal Secretaries Association (SDLSA) was formed on Nov. 7, 1931, with 26 charter members. Virginia Caperton was SDLSA's first president from that date through Nov. 15, 1933. Louise Cord originated the Employment Committee, and this was the very first year of SDLSA's existence. SDLSA was among the first three associations to form a state association in California, on Dec. 8, 1934.

  • SDPA goes to court

    As secretary of the San Diego Paralegal Association, or SDPA, I volunteer as part of my commitment to community service. On Feb. 14 I participated in the Western regional competition for Texas Young Lawyers Association at California Western School of Law, where several third-year law students went head-to-head in the finals. To my surprise, I got so much more from the experience than what I gave. But isn't that always true of volunteer work?

  • Recovery of paralegal fees: Defining paralegal work

    The continued lament of paralegals all over the country is that they are not clerical staff. They are paraprofessionals with specific education, training and continuing education requirements. They have specific skills honed by training and experience that provide a separate and specific benefit to attorneys and clients. With courts and clients watching fee invoices carefully, paralegal fees have become a target for challenge and reduction.

  • Building an effective network

    We all know it: Networking is an essential element of any effective job search. That's great news. I know what networking is, but how can I make my network effective?

  • Aspire to inspire, inspire to aspire

    There will always be the naysayers in life, focusing on how great things cannot be accomplished because of extraordinary hurdles. The easy thing to do in this world is to merely go about your normal course in life, working toward personal goals and ignoring the needs of others. But there is a common thread that weaves us together collectively as a species and squelches the "can't do" attitude.

  • Lawyers using cloud computing in their practice

    In an effort to save money and improve efficiency, more and more attorneys are turning to cloud computing.

  • Casey Gerry's Schenk elected to ABOTA

    Frederick Schenk, a partner at Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the firm announced Thursday.

  • Terror support law considered by U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court considered whether a federal law banning support to designated terrorist organizations violates the free-speech rights of people who want to work with those groups for peaceable ends.

  • Prosecutors accused of misconduct in KB fraud case

    LOS ANGELES -- The former head of building giant KB Home (NYSE: KBH) asked a federal judge to look into alleged prosecutor wrongdoing in his stock-options backdating case, citing two similar cases that were tossed out last year because of official misconduct.

  • Businesses win at U.S. Supreme Court over suit sites

    Businesses won new leverage to determine where trials and other court proceedings take place, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for a Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) unit in a worker suit alleging violations of a California wage law.

  • U.S. high court backs police on questioning suspects

    Police didn't violate the rights of a criminal suspect when they failed to explicitly tell him that he could have an attorney present during interrogation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

  • Knobbe Martens recognized for top IP practice

    Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP has been recognized as one of the top intellectual property law firms in the nation by Managing Intellectual Property magazine's 2010 World IP survey. The firm has consistently been ranked in the top tiers since the survey began in 1996.

  • Fish receives high ranking for patent prosecution

    Fish & Richardson received a top "Tier 1" national ranking for its patent prosecution practice by Managing Intellectual Property magazine in its survey of the leading IP law firms in the United States.

  • Consumer protection day event set for March 13

    The San Diego city attorney's office, the San Diego County district attorney's office and the San Diego Better Business Bureau present a free consumer protection day event March 13 at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

  • Superior Court launches behavioral health court

    In an effort to break the cycle of incarceration for San Diego's mentally ill, the San Diego Superior Court is now providing behavioral health court services. The court program is a collaborative effort with other government agencies, including the district attorney's office, public defender's office, sheriff's department, probation department, city of San Diego and County Mental Health Services.

  • Cal Western's Brooks, Stiglitz receive attorney of year award

    California Western School of Law professors Justin P. Brooks and Jan Stiglitz of the California Innocence Project have been named as recipients of California Lawyer magazine's 14th annual Attorney of the Year award.

  • Court to decide if firefighter suit moves forward

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday seemed willing to let a group of African Americans sue Chicago for discrimination over a hiring test that weeded out black applicants to become firefighters.

  • Both sides take tobacco fight to Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Friday to allow the government to seek nearly $300 billion from the tobacco industry for a half-century of deception that "has cost the lives and damaged the health of untold millions of Americans."

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  • Terror support law considered by U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court considered whether a federal law banning support to designated terrorist organizations violates the free-speech rights of people who want to work with those groups for peaceable ends.

  • Prosecutors accused of misconduct in KB fraud case

    LOS ANGELES -- The former head of building giant KB Home (NYSE: KBH) asked a federal judge to look into alleged prosecutor wrongdoing in his stock-options backdating case, citing two similar cases that were tossed out last year because of official misconduct.

  • Businesses win at U.S. Supreme Court over suit sites

    Businesses won new leverage to determine where trials and other court proceedings take place, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for a Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) unit in a worker suit alleging violations of a California wage law.

  • U.S. high court backs police on questioning suspects

    Police didn't violate the rights of a criminal suspect when they failed to explicitly tell him that he could have an attorney present during interrogation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

  • Court to decide if firefighter suit moves forward

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday seemed willing to let a group of African Americans sue Chicago for discrimination over a hiring test that weeded out black applicants to become firefighters.