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I found this fascinating quote today:

Diane Rayfield of harpsocial.com, a social media and marketing firm, brought an exciting free service to my attention this afternoon that goes a long way toward solving this problem.  The service allows users to back up many of their online accounts for free up to 1000 mb of data.  The service is offered by Backupify.com.  Backupify stores its user’s information in partnership with Amazon.com’s cloud server system.  In its FAQ section, Backupify’s makers explain that they chose Amazon.com due to its superior security and reliability.cyberesq.wordpress.com, Cyber-Esq., Feb 2010

You should read the whole article.

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Justice O\’Connor In case you missed this last year on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart speaks with Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor about what she learned on the bench and in law school. It sure shows what a great personality she has. We tend to forget in law that outside of the courtroom or the law office, we are all people with lives.

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Jeannie Cartabiano is a Certified Paralegal from Redlands, California who works for the firm McPeters, McAlearney, Shimoff & Hatt in the areas of Corporate, Tax and Estate Planning.

Jeannie Cartabiano

Jeannie obtained her Paralegal Certificate-ABA approved, from Saddleback College in 1993, her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 1997 and her Paralegal Certificate from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies in 2003. Jeannie received her Certified Paralegal designation in 2006.

Jeannie is a member of the Inland Counties Association of Paralegals (ICAP) and currently sits on ICAP’s 2009 Board of Directors as President while making additional contributions to various Chair positions. On July 10, 2009, Jeannie was honored with the 2009 Affiliates Award by NALA for outstanding contribution and dedication to the advancement of the legal assistant profession through volunteer service to NALA affiliated associations.

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday announced the appointments of 7 to judgeships in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. One of those appointed is Karen Ackerson-Brazille who was formerly a paralegal.

Ms. Ackerson-Brazille, 45, of Los Angeles, has been a deputy attorney general for the California Attorney General’s Office since 2000. Previously, she was a sole practitioner from 1992 to 2000 and an associate for Albright, Yee and Schmit in 1992. Ackerson-Brazille was a law clerk for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office from 1989 to 1992, serving in the Department of Airports from 1990 to 1991. She was a paralegal for the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1985 to 1991. Ackerson-Brazille earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Whittier School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on March 31, 2009. Ms. Ackerson-Brazille is a Republican as reported in the governor’s press release.

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On March 11, 2010, the California State Bar will hold a hearing asking the public for their comments on revisions to a few of the Professional Rules of Conduct. The Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California are attorney conduct rules, the violation of which will subject an attorney to discipline. Pursuant to statute, rule amendment proposals may be formulated by the State Bar for submission to the Supreme Court of California for approval. The State Bar has assigned a special commission to conduct a thorough study of the rules and to recommend comprehensive amendments. If you are interested in speaking, or know someone who is, they can click here to complete the application to speak at the hearing. You must submit your request by March 8, 2010 to be considered for speaking at the hearing.

The following 12 rules or issues are being reviewed.

Rule Title
Rule 1.0.1 Terminology [1-100]
Rule 1.4.1 Insurance Disclosure [3-410]
Rule 1.11 Special Conflicts for Government Employees [N/A]
Rule 1.17 Sale of a Law Practice [2-300]
Rule 1.18 Duties to Prospective Client [N/A]
Rule 3.9 Non-adjudicative Proceedings [N/A]
Rule 4.1 Truthfulness in Statements to Others [N/A]
Rule 4.4 Respect for Rights of 3rd Persons [N/A]
Rule 6.1 Voluntary Pro Bono Service [N/A]
Rule 6.2 Accepting Appointments [N/A]
Rule 6.5 Limited Legal Services Programs [1-650]
Rule 8.2 Judicial and Legal Officials [1-700]

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It seems that former paralegal Patricia Baddeley-Meehan was very trusted by her employers and was given carte blanche with the firms bank accounts. She was able to embezzle over $1.7 million from 2003 to 2007. Ms. Baddely-Meehan pled guilty to defrauding a prior employer, mail fraud and 1 count of filing a false tax return.

While on bail as reported in April 2009, she worked for two clothing shops and stole over $13,000 worth of clothing from them. There was a bail revoke hearing set in April 2009 on this charge, but I could find no further information at this time on whether her bail was revoked or if she was charged with this theft as well.

This month she was sentenced and will serve nearly four years in federal prison for stealing more than $1.7 million from the South Windsor law firm where she worked to support her casino habit. She could have been sentenced to 43 years in prison, so it would seem she got off a little easy here. She will also be on 3 years probation when she is released and was ordered to pay restitution and to pay $123,000 in federal back taxes on what she stole.

This story reminds us all that giving one person in a law office the total responsibility of the finances of the firms, can result in missing money. In this case, Berman and Russo, the firm that Ms. Baddeley-Meehan embezzled from, did just that. While I am not saying it was the firms fault, it serves to remind us all of just how easy it can be to take advantage of employers who put their full trust in their employees.

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I found this fascinating quote today:

At its mid-year meeting, the ABA House of Delegates slashed annual dues for solo attorneys by almost 50%, as reported in a ABA Journal LawNewsNow article.  The House also cut dues for government lawyers, judges, and legal services attorneys.cyberesq.wordpress.com, Cyber-Esq., Feb 2010

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Go Red For Women Group

Tomorrow is Go Red for Women Day. Even though this is not a “paralegal” issue, it is a woman issue. Being a woman and someone who deals with high stress work on an almost daily basis, this issue is important to me. Since heart disease tends to run in families as we all know, this cause is near and dear to my heart, pun intended, lol. Too many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. Right now, one in three women dies of cardiovascular disease and 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease in the future.

It is important for all of us women and men to recognize and pass on this information to others as well, and not just to women. So, my paralegal friends, please wear red tomorrow and support the cause. You can find out more information about Wear Red Day 2010 here.

Go Red Logo

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