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Virginia Koerselman Newman

Virginia Koerselman Newman Esq. graduated from the Creighton University School of Law and practiced for many years in banking...

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The National Association of Legal Assistants 40th Annual Convention featured a three-day Essential Skills Institute for paralegals. The institute focused on effective legal research, written communication, and judgement and legal analysis. Any paralegal is likely to further his or her career, become essential in their firm, and improve future job prospects by cultivating these abilities. But where can paralegals learn these skills?

On this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin, interviews Virginia Koerselman Newman, a faculty member on the Essential Skills Institute, about specific ways paralegals can improve their writing and legal research as well as learn to analyze legal cases and increase their own personal value.

Topics Include:

  • Lexis Nexis and Westlaw vs courthouse research
  • Research search parameters and search terms
  • Legal judgement and analysis: connecting facts to the rules
  • Using logic, not emotion, to solve problems
  • Analogical reasoning and inductive reasoning
  • Using (or not using) legalese in writing
  • Dos and don’ts in legal writing
  • How to effectively proofread your own work
  • Using terminology when representing the plaintiff versus the defendant

Virginia Koerselman Newman has been working in the legal profession since about 1970. She started as a legal secretary and then worked as a paralegal for nearly ten years. She was the first Nebraska paralegal to be certified by NALA. Newman then went to law school and practiced law for 26 years and has been teaching and writing about the legal profession ever since. She published the CP review manual, was on the CP certifying board, and then served as a consultant to the board.

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Published: September 23, 2015
Podcast: Paralegal Voice
Category: Best Legal Practices , Legal Support
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