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I am honored and pleased to announce that I am now a certified Paralegal through the American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc., “(AAPI”). I am not one to brag but I am so thrilled to finally have reached this milestone in my paralegal career!

AAPI was formed in 2003 by a group of paralegals who wanted to promote and improve the profession of paralegals; to advance the educational and literary standard of the paralegal profession; and to foster, encourage and disseminate information concerning the profession.

The American Alliance Mission Statement and Goals:

The goals and standards are to:
• Establish minimum educational criteria
• Adhere to ethical standards
• Provide networking opportunities
• Create a resource center
• Associate with national and local organizations

The American Association for Paralegal Education (“AAfPE”) has adopted a policy statement on short-term programs. AAPI agrees that short-term programs do a disservice to the paralegal profession and opposes any program that does not meet minimal standards as set forth by AAfPE (www.aafpe.org). AAPI strongly recommends quality paralegal education provided by formal institutions that are ABA approved or are in substantial compliance with the ABA guidelines. AAPI applauds and supports AAfPE for its statement regarding short-term programs.

AAPI has a strict Code of Ethics as well, which in reality are the standards that the Paralegals I know already adhere to.

As a Certified Paralegal with AAPI, I now can add “AACP” to my name. I have taken a little flack from my friends this week (you know who you are, lol) adding AACP to my letterhead, business cards, etc., but it has been well worth it. I promise I won’t let it go to my head and I won’t brag anymore, I will just sign off as Lori J. Paul, AACP and get back to work!

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The California Bar Journal hopes to save $1.5 million annually by going digital. The cost to print the publication is $35,000 to $50,000 each month and with mailing, another $75,000 each month. Not to mention printing is not very green and we in the legal field go through quite a bit of paper as it is.

There will also be the monthly MCLE test which will become interactive, making it easier for lawyers to take the test and enabling the bar to process payments and issue MCLE certificates online.

Don’t forget that California attorneys need to provide their e-mail address to the Bar as well.

For more information about the publication, MCLE and e-mail address requirements, click on the link above.

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As a paralegal at a Louisville, Ky., law firm, Merrell Williams snatched research exposing cigarettes’ addictiveness and potential to kill long hidden by tobacco giant Brown & Williamson.

I ran across this article today in the St. Petersburg Times and it caught my eye. Not only because the man mentioned in the article was a paralegal, but because I was flipping channels on the tv the other day, ( it is one of my families pet peeves about me, I watch 2-3 programs at once) and the movie with Russell Crow was on about taking the tobacco industry down.

The article is interesting and Mr. Williams is definitely a contradiction, bouncing from he doesn’t care anymore to how the attorneys only cared about making money in this suit. For more on the article, click below. I am sure you will find it as interesting as I did.

Whistle-blower in Big Tobacco case seeks quiet life in Dunedin – St. Petersburg Times

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