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Tomorrow, April 27th is Administrative Professional’s Day!  Remember when it used to be called Secretary’s Day?  National Professional Secretaries Week and National Secretary’s Day was created  in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubicam.  Klemfuss recognized the importance and value of the position to a company or business, but his real reason was to get more women to become secretaries.  He did promote the value and importance of the job the secretary did and using his influence he created the “holiday” in recognition of secretaries.

In today’s world we rarely hear the term secretary, we now hear “Executive Administrator” or “Administrative Professionals.”  The two names mean added responsibilities and changes to the “secretary” position and can mean different things with different companies.  We no longer find just women in these positions either, there are more and more men entering these positions.

While it is great to recognize these wonderful women and men, and to have this special day for our professionals who do so much in keeping the offices running, we should remember to appreciate them every day and not just thank them once a year!

To all my Paralegal pals, don’t forget our special day is June 25, 2011, which coincides with the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations Conference being held in beautiful San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf!  For more information, you can check it out here.

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An inmate in a California prison, has filed a lawsuit requesting that the state pay for her sex reassignment surgery, based on her diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder.  Lyralisa Stevens, who was born a male but lives as a woman, is serving 50 years to life for killing a San Bernadino County woman over a dispute for clothing.

Stevens began taking female hormones before incarceration and had silicone injections in her breasts and hips prior to incarceration.  The state has been providing Stevens with her hormone injections because a federal court found in a 1999 case that failing to continue treatment for inmates who were on hormones before coming to prison amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

A ruling in Stevens’ favor would make California the first place in the country required to provide reassignment surgery for an inmate, according to lawyers for the receiver appointed to oversee California’s troubled prison health system. They argue that the state should be required to provide only “minimally adequate care,” not sex-change operations that cost $15,000 to $50,000.

Stevens is also requesting to be transfered to a women’s prison after the surgery claiming that she is under constant threat of sexual assault in the men’s facility.

I have mixed feelings on this one.  While I understand that Gender Identity Disorder can be devastating to individuals, the State of California is in financial ruin and cutting programs for our children and elderly, not to mention those without jobs.  This will be one to watch, that is for sure.

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A lawsuit was filed last August charging Deutch with engaging in “a heartless scheme that swindled people with tax problems,” according to then-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr.  “She promises to significantly reduce their IRS tax debts, but instead preys on their vulnerability, taking large up-front payments but providing little or no help in lowering their tax bills.”  Ads claim Deutch’s success rate in dealing with the IRS is as high as 99 percent, but the percentage of clients whose tax bills Deutch actually reduces is a mere 10 percent.

California’s new Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, filed an application in Superior Court asking that Deutch, an attorney, be held in contempt, charging that she has repeatedly violated the court’s orders.

“Deutch is an officer of this Court and a member of the Bar, which only serves to magnify the seriousness of Deutch’s violations of the Court’s orders. If anyone can be expected to respect and follow this Court’s orders, it should be those licensed to practice as attorneys before the Court. The harm caused by Deutch’s contempt is worthy of the most severe sanction,” Harris said in her court filing.

It seems immediately after Deutch had been ordered to “take reasonable steps to preserve every document” that might have a bearing in the case said Harris, “the very next day after the [court issued the order], Deutch conducted a purge of law firm documents that resulted in the shredding of nearly 2,000 pounds of the firm’s documents, or about 200,000 pages.”  Harris is asking the court to fine Deutch $1,000 and imprison her for five days for “each and every separate contempt” — $1,000 and five days in jail for each of the millions of pages of documents destroyed and each refund not issued.

Deutch also ignored a preliminary injunction that requires her to return all unearned fees to clients within 60 days and admitted that she has over $400,000 in refund requests that are older than 60 days, Harris said.

 

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