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I am sure that my faithful followers have noticed that I have not been blogging as faithfully as usual.  I intend to get back into my blogging schedule now that things in my personal and business life have settled down some.

In my Paralegal world, I began a new full-time position in October with A Family Law Firm in Santa Rosa, California.  I have been kept very busy getting familiar with all of our clients and their matters, not to mention learning the office procedures and getting to know how both of the attorneys I work for operate their respective cases.  I love learning new things and having new challenges, so these past few months have been very exciting for me.

In my personal world, there have been some changes as well.  My oldest granddaughter who will be 18 in March, began living with me in August for her senior year.  Not having raised daughters, having a young woman in the house has been interesting to say the least!  She keeps me pretty busy once I get home from the office, believe me.   As many of you may recall, my youngest son is a Type 1 diabetic and has been struggling with this disease.  He is doing much better thanks to finally getting an insulin pump, and in managing his disease but is now struggling with other issues caused by the diabetes.  With all of this going on in my world, it has been keeping me on my toes.

So, now you know where Lori has been and why I haven’t been posting much.  I am so looking forward to getting back into a more normal routine, that is if there really is a normal routine for a paralegal!

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Ioana Petrou, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District, was formally sworn in as an Alameda County judge last night at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland.

There was no shortage of people wanting to say nice things about the newly minted judge. Attendees included Northern District Judge Marilyn Patel, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, former U.S. Attorney Joe Russoniello, and Berkeley criminal defense attorney Cris Arguedas.

Arguedas told the story of meeting Petrou for the first time to discuss the government’s case health care fraud case against her client. She said she was blown away after hearing Petrou converse fluently and openly about it, drawing from fields like pharmacology and economics. “I went back to the office and assigned two more lawyers to the case,” Arguedas said.

Alex Tse, a former AUSA now with the San Francisco city attorney’s office (who worked alongside Petrou on the off-label drug marketing case of InterMune CEO Scott Harkonen), advised lawyers who appear in front of Judge Petrou to be prepared. “You have to be on your toes,” he said. “She’s not going to stand by and she’s not going to wait for you, either.”

A couple of the speakers also gave the tip that Petrou loves good food – so if you ever have lunch with her, let her pick the place.

It is always great to learn about our new California judges, especially what to expect from them on the bench.  For those of you paralegals who have attorneys who practice in Alameda County and will be going before Judge Petrou, you might want to let them know to be well prepared and ready to go when they walk into her courtroom!

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I read an interesting article in the Valley Voice this week, which highlights Carol Morris, a paralegal and owner of a Curves for Women in Ridgecrest, California.  I have to say I would have never thought of combining the two careers, but it certainly makes sense to me.

Being a paralegal can be  stressful and we certainly take care of other people, the attorneys, the staff we work with, the clients, our families, our friends, and we almost always forget to take care of ourselves.  I know I am guilty of this on many occasions.  What would really be great is if  Curves was right in the same building as the law office!  For more information about Carol and her unique career combination, you can read the article here.

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