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Getting Tough on Bullying – What Every Parent Must Know

The following article Getting Tough on Bullying – What Every Parent Must Know is courtesy of Accurate Court Reporting Legal Services

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kid about to be bulliedFor most parents, teaching children not to bully is a normal part of the child rearing process.  The definition of bullying has broadened in recent years, and so have the consequences. Not just for the victim and the bully, but in more recent days, for the parents as well.

In Wisconsin, a new law seeks to implement financial penalties to the parents of bully’s. It is unknown how, or even if, this will benefit the victims, but is does set a new precedent as to the weight society is placing on anti-bullying agendas.

They believe the parents should be held accountable for their child’s behavior and if the child is engaged in bullying activity, the parents will have to pay up monetarily. The city council passed the new regulation which implements a fine of $366. That’s for the first offence if their child is caught bullying other students. The second offence within one year, and the fine goes up to $681. Read more.

The Extreme Consequences of Prolonged Bullying

For anyone who has ever felt the sting of being ridiculed by his or her peers, punched in the face, or slammed against the school lockers, there’s no question that it’s terrible. The story of Daniel Fitzpatrick is one extreme and harrowing example.

He was found dead late Thursday by his older sister in the attic of his family home, a belt wrapped around his neck.

“I gave up,” the teen scrawled on two sides of a single sheet of paper. “The teachers . . . they didn’t do anything,” he said, pouring his heart onto the page.

Daniel’s devastated parents shared the letter exclusively with the Daily News Friday, saying he wrote it in early July so someone would be “held accountable.” Read More

Emotional Effects and Statistics

Other effects can build up over time that impact every facet of the victim’s life.  Mark Dombeck, PhD  and licensed psychologist in private practice states that “Being the repetitive target of bullying damages your ability to yourself as a desirable capable and effective individual.”

Correspondingly, children who are bullied are more likely to have lower grades, get migraines, have a greater risk for depression and anxiety in their later lives, and are more probable to abuse drugs and alcohol.  See Info-graph:

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Will Fines for Bullying Work?

It’s impossible to know for sure if fining the parents of bullies will have any lasting or immediate impact, but it is a start at the least. Even when parents do their best to teach their kids to make good choices, they will inevitably make bad ones. However, such a move does help cultivate a culture of stewardship and social responsibility, and that’s something most people can stand behind.

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Is Nepotism Bad for US Politics?

Is Nepotism Bad for US Politics? is republished from Accurate Court Reporting Inc

We have all heard the expression about hiring family members and friends. The overall sentiment is that it only leads to disaster, but is that always the case?

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Trump to Hire Son in Law for Senior White House Advisor

Nepotism is currently in the news due to President elect Donald Trump’s decision to hire his son to be a senior White House advisor. Before moving forward though, it’s important to understand what exactly this position entails. First, the responsibility includes within it many roles.

Over time, the Senior Advisor role has had responsibility for the following groups:

  • White House Office of Strategic Initiatives
  • Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Political Affairs
  • Public Liaison
  • Communications Read More…

The position is of paramount importance to both the sanctity of the office and therefore the safety of the American public. Because of the proximity of the position to the leader of the US and maybe even the world, it seems that qualifications over familiarity would be the proper and necessary avenue.  It remains to be seen if Kushner will be able to succeed in this role, though there are some positive signs that this may be the case.

Mr. Trump described Mr. Kushner as “a tremendous asset and trusted adviser throughout the campaign and transition” in a statement issued early Monday evening announcing an appointment that perhaps more than any other defines the way the incoming president will govern.

Mr. Kushner plans to sell some of his real estate holdings and other assets, his lawyer said. Some ethics experts have questioned whether the appointment will be legal under federal anti-nepotism laws designed to prevent family ties from influencing the functioning of the United States government. Read more…

Nepotism with Past Presidents?

It’s very important to note that this is not the first case of nepotism in Presidential cabinet selections.

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On January 25, 1993, President Clinton established the President’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform. The President appointed his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as the chairman of the Task Force. The Task Force directly advised the President, held public hearings, and met in private with cabinet staff to formulate a health care plan — Hillarycare. Read more…

Before 1967, there was a rather long history of presidential relatives serving in appointed and unofficial government positions. The most famous example was President John F. Kennedy’s nomination of his brother, Robert, to become Attorney General. Robert Kennedy was confirmed in a voice vote by the Senate in 1961 and he served until September 1964.

Other Presidents retained relatives at the White House in various roles, including James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, John Tyler, James Buchanan, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Kennedy also appointed his brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, as the first head of the Peace Corps. Read more…

Is Nepotism Bad?

The short answer is that when done correctly, nepotism has a tenuous grip on being a good thing, but can go terribly bad when done incorrectly. This is especially true when leaders are replaced with people who have the proper experience, maturity, and nurturing.

Nepotism can have advantages and disadvantages. For example, hiring relatives is easy and can lead to greater trust (what we call “swift trust”) if the relations get along and share a common purpose. Where nepotism becomes problematic is when non-relative employees feel that there is unfair favoritism, and when relatives are hired over more competent non-relatives. Unfortunately, there has been very little research on nepotism in the workplace. Read more…

In Summary

It’s only natural that at times of great transition there exists a need to surround oneself with trustworthy and vetted people. Trump is no different. A position as important as Senior Presidential Advisor however, begs the question, is this the best choice?  Unfortunately, only time will answer this question, but the stakes truly could not be any higher. History has proven that when nepotism fails, the consequences can be devastating and debilitating.

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From Railroads to Tweets – The Unofficial History of Technology and Presidential Elections

From Railroads to Tweets – The Unofficial History of Technology and Presidential Elections Enjoy more on: Accurate Court Reporting Services

As the stakes and costs of becoming president have risen, so has the number of channels and types of media available for campaigning.  Trump was the first presidential candidate to truly harness the power of Twitter with Obama being the first to exploit social media during an election process. Just as the advents of internet, TV and radio shaped the way more recent candidates ran their campaigns, so also have the technological advances of history directly influenced the elections in their respective times.

The Unofficial History of Technology and Elections

Mr. Washington – The First and Last Uncontested US President

The United States presidential election of 1788–89 was the first quadrennial presidential election. It was held from Monday, December 15, 1788, to Saturday, January 10, 1789.

There was a catch, however. That being an America which would have no other, so…

As the newly formed Americans adapted to a life free from British rule, the plans of George Washington to go home after the war and live a quiet life were derailed. America would have no other leader and public sentiment manifested in the form of letters by the 1000’s.

George Washington - the first and last uncontested election

Letters poured into Mount Vernon—from citizens great and small, from former comrades in arms, even from other shores. Many told Washington that his country needed him more than ever and that there was no justification for his refusal. While he warmed slightly to the idea, he still told a friend, “I feel very much like a man who is condemned to death does when the time of his execution draws nigh.” Read more…

Birth of the “Whistle Stop” – Campaigning on the Move

One of the first technologies to substantially impact how candidates campaigned was the locomotive, which would begin to replace the use of canals 40 short years later, around 1830.

American whistle stop speech

In the 19th century, when travel by railroad was the most common means of traveling long distances over the vast expanses of land as in the United States, politicians would charter tour trains which would travel from town to town. At each stop, the candidate would make a speech from the train, but might rarely set foot on the ground. “Whistle-stop” campaign speeches would be made from the rear platform of a train. Read more…

This revolutionary way to campaign to the masses during these short stops would continue to be used going into the mid 1900’s. Even effecting elections as recent as Truman’s defeat of Dewey in 1948.

Most of the national media didn’t give Truman much of a chance of winning the election. One of Truman’s campaign tactics was an ambitious 30,000-mile whistle-stop train tour around the United States. On some days he made as many as eight speeches. Read more…

Morse Code – Distance No Longer Diffuses Power

Interestingly enough, the first president to really utilize the telegraph, which used Morse code, was President Lincoln after a telegraph office was opened next to the White House in 1861. He essentially became the first wired president.

He was swept over and instantly realized the power of long distance communication during the war, so much so that he routinely spent days on end in the communication center monitoring messages and gauging the tenor of the war effort.

Using the telegraph to extend his voice was an obvious application of the technology. Lincoln made the telegraph his eyes and ears to distant fields and the keyhole into his generals’ headquarters. As he sat in the telegraph office reading messages, he gained insights, felt the pulse of his Army in the field and reacted. Read more…

He famously used Morse code to encourage Ulysses S Grant after an advance in the Civil War had stalled. Lincoln stated in that message, “I have seen your dispatch expressing our unwillingness to break your hold where you are. Neither am I willing. Hold on with a bull-dog grip, and chew and choke, as much as possible.”

It’s said that the audaciousness of the message made Grant laugh and increase his respect for Lincoln. It also firmly established his position as Commander in Chief of the military during the “Civil War”, proving that distance no longer diffused power.

Morse Code Nearly Didn’t Happen

In 1838, Morse demonstrated his invention using Morse code, in which dots and dashes represented letters and numbers. In 1843, Morse finally convinced a skeptical Congress to fund the construction of the first telegraph line in the United States, from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. In May 1844, Morse sent the first official telegram over the line, with the message: “What hath God wrought!” Read more…

Radio & Electricity – The Magic of Immediacy

The “Telegraph” was more a function of operations and communication, but it was a related technology that would drastically evolve the Presidential election process; radio and the newly established electrical grid.

In 1920, just 35 percent of American households had electricity. By 1929, nearly 68 percent of American homes were electrified. But, if you don’t count farms, about 85 percent of Americans had electricity by the end of the 1920s. Read more…

Radio captured the imagination of thousands of ordinary persons who wanted to experiment with this amazing new technology. But in April 1917, the U.S. government shut down all amateur stations, as the country entered World War One.

The wartime consolidation of the radio industry under government control led to important advances in radio equipment engineering and manufacturing, especially vacuum-tube technology.

Then, in early 1922, a “broadcasting boom” occurred, as a sometimes chaotic mix of stations, sponsored by a wide range of businesses, organizations and individuals, sprang up, numbering over 500 by the end of the year. Read more…

Private individuals now had the ability to harness radio reception in their home. The immediacy and very essence of a candidate sprang to life in the heads of listeners who must have felt as though the speakers were right there in the room with them.

By the 1930s regulated electric utilities became well-established, providing all three major aspects of electricity, the power plants, transmission lines, and distribution. Read more…

40 Million People Tune in to Hear the First Radio Broadcast Debate

Truman, Dewey, Stassen the First Radio Broadcastd Debate

In 1948, the first radio broadcast debate was held between Dewey and fellow Republican Presidential hopeful Stassen, and was heard by an estimated 40 million people. That is roughly the equivalent of 80 million listeners today.

Dewey was considered the winner of the debate and won the primary in Oregon on May 21. At the Republican convention, Dewey won the nomination of his party. Despite the infamous Dewey Defeats Truman headline, he lost the general election to President Harry Truman, and died in 1971. Stassen became a perennial presidential candidate, running for the Republican nomination at least ten more times until his death in 2001. Read more…

Television’s Political Prominence Begins

From its early position as a new medium for political coverage in the 1950s, television quickly supplanted radio and eventually newspapers to become by the early 1960s the major source of public information about politics. Read more…

On September 26th 1960, Massachusetts Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican Vice President Richard M. Nixon faced each other in a nationally televised presidential campaign debate.

Suddenly appearance, wit, and non-verbal cues became just as important to the conversation as the words themselves. From the viewpoint of the 40% of Americans who tuned in to watch, it was no contest and would greatly impact the outcome of the contest.

Kennedy and Nixon, the first TV Debate

Kennedy Wins First Televised Debate

The debate ushered in an era in which television would dominate political campaigns. The immediacy and power of television worked well for candidates who could think on their feet and knew how to play to the audience.

At the first of four debates, Kennedy arrived looking well-groomed and confident, while his opponent Nixon, who had just been released from the hospital after two weeks recuperating from a badly injured knee, appeared haggard and was sporting a “5 o’clock shadow” or light beard.

Although he arrived in a wrinkled suit and appeared underweight and had a grayish pallor, Nixon refused the assistance of a makeup artist, a decision he likely later regretted. Kennedy clearly “won” the debate, a fact attributable to both his superior comfort level with the new communication medium and his “telegenic” good looks. Read More…


The Internet, Social Media, and the Presidency

In today’s political menagerie, the world hangs on every tweet uttered by Donald Trump. It simply cannot be over-declared just how important the internet and social media has become to the election process. To give you a sense of the power of this channel, note in the infographic below that 68% of voters use the internet as their primary source of information on political candidates.

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Has Social Media Enhanced the Election Process?

Most definitely. One of the problems with social media, however, is that it’s often more about being “loud” then it is about the art of productive discourse, and no culprit is guiltier than Twitter.

For many critics, that DNA of Twitter makes it antithetical to sophisticated, thoughtful political conversation.

“Both the technology itself, and the way we choose to use the technology, makes it so that what ought to be a conversation is just a set of Post-it notes that are scattered,” Kerric Harvey, author of the Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, said of Twitter. She argues that what we do on Twitter around politics isn’t a conversation at all; it’s a loud mess. Read more…

People generally listen to information that reinforces their opinions ad beliefs. They won’t go out of their way to hear or learn about information that they are opposed to unless it is to berate and oppose that information publically.

Social Media Dilemma, Loud vs Productive

Another problem with the current incarnation of social media is that fake news spreads fast while being unapologetic, purposefully damaging, and punishes no one.

“It’s really disconcerting the scale that misinformation can achieve relatively quickly and with relatively little effort,” says Craig Silverman, Canadian chief of the Buzzfeed website. “It’s driving divisions between people … It has made it very difficult for the public square to have some reasonable debate.”

Silverman spearheaded a study recently of “hyper-partisan” Facebook pages, finding that during a two-week period, 38 per cent of news material on three right-wing pages and 19 per cent on left-leaning ones were partly or mostly false. Read more…

Sadly, the ugly face of social is becoming an all too common online occurrence these days with people hiding behind their keyboards to deliver the most stinging slurs and acidic aspersions. Read more…

In Conclusion

During the last 228 years since the first United States First Presidential election, technology has increasingly shaped the landscape of elections. From the days of a horse-back postal system and Morse code, to the current era of internet, video chats and 140 character tweets, the importance of technology and media has never been higher. Now that the chips have fallen and Trump’s reign begins, we will have to wait four years to see how tomorrow’s technology will affect future elections.

Want to Learn More About the Future of Technology in Elections? The video entitled “Democracy Rebooted,” was a discussion held at Stanford University, which considers the role of technology in elections.

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Checks and Balances – An Affair with National Security

Checks and Balances – An Affair with National Security was originally seen on Accurate Court Reporting Legal Services

Checks and balances are a cornerstone of the American democratic experience. As you may remember from grade school, there exists 3 branches of government for this very reason. Efforts to subvert this philosophy ultimately lead to a less secure nation along with policies that might not be in the best interest of the people.

Checks and Balance in American Politics for Our Safety

It’s easy to see mistakes of the past. Not as much for those of the future. Wise people realize early on, the importance of good counsel and the importance of displaying humility in victory as well as defeat. They know that there may come a time when the shoe will be on the other foot, and fortunes might be reversed.

Democrats Haunted by a 2013 Vote to Decrease Needed Votes for Approving Cabinet Appointees

In 2013, Democrats made a decision that they are now coming to regret. While in control of the Senate, they voted to allow a 51 vote majority for Cabinet-level appointees as well as judicial nominations. Also known as a nuclear option, the move allowed them to make unilateral choices that to some party members, seemed like a bad idea that might eventually come back to bite them. That day has come.

With Republicans owning 52 seats, there is literally “nothing” they can do to stop or even slow down these Republican nominations and appointees.

“I do regret that,” said Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, a Democrat who voted for the rules change three years ago. “I frankly think many of us will regret that in this Congress because it would have been a terrific speed bump, potential emergency break, to have in our system to slow down nominees.”

Some Democrats realize they’ve made life harder for themselves.

“In specific circumstances, we may regret that we can’t block a nomination,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut. “But I think that the American people want action, and they want the process to work. And they want the folks whom they have elected to actually do the job and get stuff done.”

One person who seems to be having buyer’s remorse over the change in filibuster rules: Sen. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Democratic leader. Schumer told The Washington Post last month that he privately lobbied Senate Democrats in 2013 to maintain the 60-vote threshold for Cabinet-level nominees, but: “I didn’t prevail.”  More…

While policy and government must be fluid and open to the ideas of change, there are absolutely checks and balances established by our country’s forefathers, in order to save us from ourselves. They knew that an unbalance of power has the potential to lead to great conflict.

Vermont Governor Attempting to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy 4 Months After His Retirement

Another example of this assumption of power at the expense of  well-established systems of checks and balances comes from soon to be retired Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Set to retire on January 5th, 2017, he is attempting to appoint a Supreme Court Justice although the current judge will still be in office at the time of Shumlin’s departure.

shuman retiringTwo days before he steps down, Gov. Peter Shumlin will need to convince the Vermont Supreme Court that he has the legal right to appoint a replacement for retiring Justice John Dooley. The court has temporarily blocked Shumlin from picking a new justice in response to a legal challenge from House Minority Leader Don Turner (R-Milton).

Dooley announced in September that he would retire when his term ends on March 31, 2017. Shumlin raised some Republican hackles by promptly declaring that he would pick Dooley’s successor. Now, the outgoing governor will spend his final days in office defending his decision in court — a hearing is scheduled for January 3.

“By looking to make a consequential executive decision that should rightly be made in April 2017, at a time well past his gubernatorial tenure, Gov. Shumlin is setting a troubling precedent of overreach,” Turner said in a statement announcing his legal challenge. Article here…

Term Limits and the Popular Vote for President

On the other side of the coin are ideas that would make the United States more democratic and safe, but have little chance of actually passing. Two such ideas are term limits for the House and Senate and a popular vote for president.

Would Term Limits Make for a Better System of Government?

“D.C. is broken,” Cruz said in a statement Tuesday evening. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would impose term limits on members of Congress, following through on their December announcement about the proposal.

“The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people. It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.”

The proposal would limit senators to two terms (12 years total) and representatives to three terms (six years total). President-elect Trump campaigned on reining in Congress by implementing term limits, though it is unclear if the incoming administration has been involved in the proposal, which comes during Congress’ first week in session this year. Read more…

While establishing term limits means people would be voting themselves out of a job (though there would undoubtedly have to be exceptions in order for such a proposal to move forward), changing from an electoral college to a pure popular vote for President is not as far off as you might think.

Eliminating the Electoral College does not even require a constitutional amendment. An effort known as The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among several U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote. Once states totaling 270 electoral votes join the compact–which only requires passing state laws– then the next presidential election will be determined the the popular vote, not the Electoral College. More Here…

In Summary

There will always be those who seek to impose their will on others, and government is no different. The real cause of concern is security. It makes us unsafe and even hypocritical to Democracy when we let any person subvert laws established to keep us from facing the type of tyranny our ancestors knew all to well. The not so distant history has shown us that when power is out of balance, the people (not the politicians) end up fighting the wars, and it is often our best and brightest that die in these conflicts.

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Trump to Repeal Medical Coverage of 20 Million Americans – So What’s the Plan?

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On January 20th, 2017 president elect Donald Trump and his Republican party will begin the process of getting rid of the affordable healthcare act, as has been attempted to so many times during President Obama’s eight-year reign.

But by unwinding the statute, the GOP would kill or recast programs that provide coverage to 20 million Americans who will be wary of anyone threatening their health insurance. That and continuing Republican rifts over how to reshape the law, pay for the replacement and avoid destabilizing health insurance markets mean party leaders have a bumpy path ahead.  Read more here

How Would the Process of Repealing “Obama Care” Commence?

The actual process that has been predicted to take place in the Daily Herald would formulate in 3 decisive steps.

  1. Step 1. Senates create a new budget for the year that would invoke a procedure to start the process
  2. Step 2. Legislation worked to repeal the law itself, also doing away with IRS fines
  3. Step 3. Replace the program with a better one

There is a problem however that will need to be carefully navigated. That being the idea of so many Americans losing health coverage without an immediate solution being in place, and these aren’t small numbers. It is estimated that 9 million Americans received healthcare benefits for their first time, with around 20 million overall getting benefits from the act.

“For Republicans, the challenge is following through on the promise not just to repeal the law — because in some ways that’s easy — but to replace it,” said Lanhee Chen, Mitt Romney’s former chief policy adviser.

Dismantling the Law will Leave the GOP with a Complicated Political and Policy Conundrum:

Even if Republican lawmakers delay the repeal from going effect for some years, as they are currently discussing, the initial vote will trigger a years-long, contentious fight over how to replace the law, and unleash widespread uncertainty for patients and the insurance market.

In other words, Republicans could suddenly find themselves fielding the very kind of criticism and blame that they’ve been throwing at Democrats for years — that of having created an untenable and unpopular healthcare system. And the question over how to fill the new gaps in healthcare coverage will expose ideological divisions among conservatives.  Read the rest…

Whether you are an American that has benefited from “Obamacare” or not, there are some key issues that Republicans will need to figure out, and unlike broad strokes rhetoric, it will take precise and actionable planning or we as a country will suffer.

How Does Sickness Affects Economics

While people on a personal level are much more then mere dollar signs, in the broader sense, they aren’t. That’s because our countries economic health is directly related to our physical and mental health as well.

The World Health Organization has a white paper entitled, “WHO GUIDE TO IDENTIFYING THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF DISEASE AND INJURY.”  In it, they refer to a term you may not be familiar with coined “health shocks”.

What is a Health Shock?

Measuring morbidity and mortality are key considerations for estimating the burden of disease in populations. However, only focusing on morbidity and mortality effects provides an incomplete picture of the adverse impact of ill health on human welfare. In particular, the economic consequences of poor health can be substantial.

Health ‘shocks’ − such as unexpected increases in health expenditure, reduced functional capacity and lost income or productivity − are often a primary risk factor for impoverishment (WHO, 1999; Xu et al., 2003). Poor levels of health may also adversely impact educational attainment and consequent levels of future income. At a societal level, poor population health is associated with lower savings rates, lower rates of return on capital, and lower levels of domestic and foreign investment; all of these factors can and do contribute to reductions in economic growth (Ruger et al., 2006). Download and read the WHO pdf here…

In Summary

Republicans have their work cut out for them. In the 6 years of Affordable Care talks, they failed to come up with a viable solution that might have aided in their previous attempts of repealing. It does seem that in a country with so much wealth, there exists a solution.

What do you feel needs to happen in order for millions of Americans to retain healthcare in some form? Please comment below. Want more Legal Intrigue? Read about the lawsuit for 2 undecillion dollars… Yes, that’s really a number!  And as always, please remember Accurate Court Reporting, a nationwide court reporting services company.

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Eight Tips for When Someone Leaves Your Firm

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When someone leaves a company it can be hard to replace them, especially when you are losing someone in leadership. Within a law firm it can be harder because you may need to cover cases that initially were never yours and maintain schedules that have abruptly fallen into your lap. There are things that you can do to help stem the backlash of their absence by following some of these simple tips.

8 tips for when someone leaves your firm


Abrupt Unplanned Termination? Follow These Guidelines

1. Get all of their username and passwords to their firm/company email and any other site that may be storing case and workload information. This is important because there can be a time when you are assigned to a case after this person leaves and some pivotal information is locked behind a password.


2. Get their company voicemail login information


3. Remove their name and mailbox from the firm/company outgoing greeting so callers are forced to leave messages in the general voice mailbox.


4. After you have access to his accounts and have removed him from the outgoing greeting, make sure that you are checking his email and voice mail daily so that nothing is missed or overlooked within the transition period.


5. Check their docket or calendars to make sure discovery deadlines, witness prep appointments, trial prep dates, pleadings deadlines, depositions, client meetings, conference calls, closings, etc. are all now assigned to someone else.


6. Before any one of the deadlines for these added tasks approaches make sure it is clear to everyone: who’s taking over what tasks and make sure everyone knows what their roles are. There are always things to done and knowing who is assigned and when the deadlines are can give you more assurance that the tasks are being accomplished and if there is something that needs to get done it can be started.


7. Sit down with the person leaving and make a list of their office duties. You want to be able to learn all that they do while it is still fresh in their minds.


8. Make sure you get personal contact information including email and cell phone numbers. This is vital because a work email may create a conflict of interest especially if they are moving to a firm that practices similar law. Most likely you will asking something case related and you don’t want this information to wind up on another firm’s system.

In Conclusion

In most cases there could be an office administrator that will handle these matters, but don’t trust that any work you are going to be responsible for to be handled with precision. Some of these things may not be on that administrators “comprehensive list “. It isn’t personal, you just want to make sure that you are covered and are completing the tasks someone will hold over your head when it is not dealt with. Heads could roll so make sure that yours is not one of them.


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How to Get Hired for an Entry Level Paralegal Job

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What is a paralegal?  What do paralegals do and what kind of education is required?

how to get hired for entry level paralegal job

A paralegal is a paraprofessional who has the required education and experience to assist licensed lawyers in their legal work.  They are sometimes known as legal assistants who are responsible for handling tasks such as legal writing, research and other forms of documentation for the lawyers for whom they work.  They cannot give legal advice, set fees, or appear as counsel of record in court nor sign pleadings (or other court documents) in a representative capacity.


The paralegal field, isn’t a “cake walk” – It takes a lot of determination and effort, especially to get your first paralegal job.

Most community colleges offer a two-year Associate’s Degree program in paralegal studies.  While a degree is not required for employment as a paralegal, it certainly helps when looking for a job.  A paralegal can also consider certification.  The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) offers certification that can be met by taking a 2-day examination.  Once the paralegal successfully completes this examination, they can use the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) designation.  Working paralegals are expected to participate in continuing education classes and/or seminars to keep abreast of various changes in law.

So you graduated from college with a degree majoring in paralegal studies…

So you graduated from college with a degree majoring in paralegal studies, or you have become certified after passing the certification exam and you are looking for employment as a paralegal to start your career and achieve the success you diligently studied toward your desired profession.

You ask yourself, now “how do I secure an entry level paralegal job” in today’s society?

First off, being a paralegal is a “profession” and not just a “job”.  You will be expected to work without supervision, act professionally, have excellent communication and management skills, and dress professionally at the least.  There is a high level of expectation from attorneys of their paralegals.  This is why it is difficult to secure your first paralegal position without having any work experience in this field.

With motivation, perseverance and determination, you can find an entry-level paralegal job that would enable you to gain the experience in order to excel into a better or more senior paralegal position.


Your first Paralegal job, may be difficult and hard to acquire, but in the long run (most of the time) – it’s definitely worth it.

Here are a few tips to help you achieve your Paralegal Goals:

1. Accept whatever job you can in a law firm which would enable you to gain legal experience.  Try to secure any position, i.e. a file clerk, junior legal assistant, receptionist or even an internship.  This will also help you to begin making contacts in your respective legal community and increasing your network.

2. Once you have been hired by a law firm…..observe.  Read everything your eyes come across whether it’s reviewing files, motions, exhibits, orders, etc.  Gain and absorb as much information as possible.

3. Ask questions of everyone.  Make friends with the legal assistant in the office.  She is the one that knows all the details pertaining to the courts, the judicial assistants, the judges and how they like things.  The legal assistant will know what is happening in a case, what copies need to be made, what needs to accompany files, when a check needs to be attached to documents, etc.

4. Always dress professionally and conduct yourself with the professionalism of the highest regard.  Please keep in mind that everyone you come in contact with will be the professionals, attorneys, judges that you will be working with for many years to come as a paralegal.  Therefore, treat everyone with the utmost respect.

5. Build your network.  You don’t have to wait until you graduate from your college or certification program to start building your network.  Join a paralegal association to make acquaintances in the legal field.  Volunteer on committees to get your name recognized in the community.  You could even seek a paralegal internship while attending school, which would allow you to gain on-the-job experience. Read More Here…

Hopefully all of the above information will help you move forward in your pursuit to the wonderful profession of “Paralegal”.



One day, you may be a great paralegal!

Just think, two years down the road, you may be the “go to” paralegal and all the newbies will be looking toward you for guidance and advice.  At that point everything will come full circle and all of your hard work, patience and determination will all be worth it.

And remember, once you’re a seasoned paralegal and are in need of legal deposition services, Accurate Court Reporting can help you that. Remember, we get more done with just one call!

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Career in Court Reporting

The following content Career in Court Reporting was created on Accurate Court Reporting Services

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If you ever thought about a career in court reporting I am sure you have thought about how tough it would be to get started.

You are right.

Reporting the spoken words of multiple people speaking at around 220 words per minute is a tough career to master. It takes serveral years of dedication and practice to become . If you have what it takes, court reporting can be a very happy and successful career choice.


The U.S. News and World Report placed court reporting as one of the best careers to have. The magazine says the outlook for court reporting is looking good. Jobs are on the rise and will grow by as much as 14 percent through the year 2020. This growth rate is as fast as the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


As a court reporter, your skills have a greater scope than just within the legal system and can be applied outside of the court room. According to U.S. News “Some reporters work as webcasters, recording company events such as financial earnings reports and press conferences; others work as broadcast captioners, using a stenotype machine to post captions on television programs for deaf viewers.”


Great court reporters are well rounded individuals. What makes a great court reporter is someone that has interest in current events, are computer literate and have an above average verbal comprehension skills. At Accurate Court Reporting, we hire only the best reporters nationwide. We screen our reporters to see if they meet our requirements of professionalism and skill.

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