Thursday, July 11, 2019

Legal Secretary Position

Well-established law firm is seeking a secretary to work full-time at an office that primarily represents clients in criminal, traffic and Secretary of State cases. 

The desired candidate should be highly motivated, able to pleasantly answer phones, take messages, transcribe dictation using Olympus Universal Transcription System, Microsoft Office Word 365, Windows 7 and Outlook Express. Must be able to type 80 words per minute. Must be able to deal with the clients with kindness and understanding. The position requires setting appointments, opening and closing files, typing letters and court documents, requesting reports calendaring court dates and appointments and reminding clients of their office appointments or court dates. 

Applicants should apply by sending resume to BOB NEINER at bneiner@addybush.com

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Michelle Weghorst named Interim Dean of Business, Legal and Information Systems

We wanted to congratulate Michelle Weghorst on her recent appointment to a different position at Illinois Central College.  As of July 15th, Michelle will serve as the interim Dean of the Business, Legal and Information Services department at Illinois Central College. 

Michelle began her post-college career working as a Probation Officer.  She then worked 16 years as a litigation Paralegal. She has been working at ICC since 2001, initially as an adjunct faculty member teaching Civil Litigation.  She became Paralegal Program Director in 2007 and shortly after that she became Public Services Program Coordinator, assuming coordination duties for both Paralegal and Criminal Justice.    

Professor Tom Higgins will be the contact for and cover most of Michelle’s former Paralegal program duties.  Paralegal students, prospective students or employers should contact Tom directly via e-mail at: thomas.higgins@icc.edu Current Criminal Justice students or employers may contact Professor Higgins or his colleagues, Professor Graff and Professor White (contact information linked to this page on the left).   

New criminal justice, law enforcement, or 911 programs, should call Advisement and Counseling @ 309-694-5281 to register for Fall classes.

Adjunct Paralegal Instructors Needed - Illinois Central College

The American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Programs at Illinois Central College has two Instructor openings for Fall semester courses.  

Administrative Law - Thursday evenings 7-8:15 p.m.
Civil Litigation - Thursday evenings 8:30-9:45 p.m.

These are Hybrid courses, meaning students have instructor-facilitated and graded assignments provided online to go along a mandatory, instructor-facilitated, in-class session each week of the 16 week semester.  Fall classes begin on Monday, August 19th. 

Lawyers or Paralegals experienced in either Administrative Law or Civil Litigation may apply.  The ideal candidate would be experienced and comfortable with computers, the Internet and communicating electronically.  The candidate must be willing to learn and use Blackboard. The candidate must be willing to plan and prepare for and attend and present in-class sessions while making time and effort to interact with students, review assignments and provide feedback and grades using Blackboard and e-mail each week.   We will provide course materials and support throughout the semester. 

Interested individuals should send an up to date resume and letter of introduction to Tom Higgins via e-mail to: thomas.higgins@icc.edu

Monday, July 01, 2019

Peoria Litigation Paralegal Position

Paralegal position available immediately with very busy, fast-paced law firm in downtown Peoria specializing in personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and civil litigation.  

Candidate must be extremely organized, pay close attention to details, possess initiative, professionalism and have excellent time management skills.  The candidate also must have strong grammatical skills, communication skills and must be computer and technology proficient.  The candidate will be expected to organize and summarize medical records, communicate with clients, counsel and insurance adjusters and prepare written correspondence, pleadings and discovery.  

Salary to commensurate with experience. 

Please send resumes to pcbaasst@mtco.com with reference number 01092019. 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

What Does a Paralegal Do?


It's exciting, consistent, sustainable and rewarding work.  If you have an interest in the law and a desire to help other people with their legal needs, take a look at our Paralegal programs.  Classes begin August 19th.  Get Registered Soon!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Case Manager, Harry M. Williams & Associates, Peoria, Illinois

HIRING TODAY – Case Manager (full-time and/or part-time)

What’s in it For YOU to Work at Harry M. Williams & Associates: 
(www. legalbeat.com)
- We are one of the top personal injury law firms in Central Illinois with over 35 years in business.
- Our office provides an extremely high quality of legal services which is one of the reasons our competitors look to our systems for new ideas and approaches.
We offer a pleasant work environment and a wealth of information for educating, training, and mentoring with the opportunity to advance your skills and career.
- Management cares that staff has the resources to accomplish the job correctly and is very open to employee suggestions.
- We are in the field of helping others in several different ways, and because each case is different, the work is very interesting and challenging.

Salary & Compensation for Full-time:
Competitive salary based on experience.
Benefits:  
S
imple pension plan, paid holidays, personal, sick, vacation, and paid parking.

Salary for Part-time:
Competitive salary based on experience.

Goals & Objectives of the Position – Case Manager:
1. Assisting with taking intake calls and meeting with new prospective clients in person and gathering data for determining feasibility of a case.
2. Assisting the attorney by servicing our clients with the ability to follow directions from the attorney, and draft, prepare, file, mail, track, and monitor client documentation.
3. Managing several files at a time while organizing associated documents – generating and acting upon ToDo Wizards (tracking) for required management of active cases, scheduling appointments, meetings, depositions, hearings, and telephone conferences.
4. Managing, processing, and monitoring cases by providing excellent client service with timely response - handling incoming phone calls.

Employment Requirements:
Prior work experience:  Professional office experience (preferred).
Educational degrees:  High School Diploma (preferred).
Skills:  Accurate typing and data entry, proofreading, Internet and e-mail, word processing, excellent written and verbal communication.

Essential Abilities, Behaviors & Motivators:
- Communicate effectively - written and verbal.
- Multi-task-juggle several tasks on several different files in the same timeframe.
A team player who can work well with others in any capacity.
Sympathetic/empathetic - understand the needs of our clients/hear and listen.
Helping others (teammates and clients).
Enjoy organizing data and paperwork.
Have a positive attitude.

Working Conditions:
Full-time Hours:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Monday – Friday)
Part-time Hours: Flexible (TBD)
Office Location:  Downtown Peoria, IL

How to Apply:  
If you can accomplish all of the above-listed goals and fit the requirements of this position, submit a detailed letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this position, along with your current resume.  Please do not call our office, fax, or mail anything to our office.  All documents should be submitted through email to knau@legalbeat.com.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Paralegal jobs up north!


Litigation Paralegal - 3+ Years' Experience

Candidates must have experience with e-discovery (ideally using Relativity), trial prep, and deposition scheduling/abstracting. This is a temp to hire opportunity at a law firm in the Loop! Compensation depends on experience. 
 

Junior Level Paralegals/Legal Assistants

Law firms in the Loop are seeking candidates with 6 months+ legal experience for temp to hire opportunities in the Loop. Permanent salaries range from $36k-$43k depending on experience and the specific firm/role. 
 

Trademark Paralegal - 2+ Years' Experience

Large law firm in downtown Chicago seeking Trademark Paralegals with 2+ years' experience. Candidates should be familiar with filing with the USPTO, researches clearances, preparing applications, and docketing deadlines. 
 

Commercial Real Estate Paralegal - Temp Opportunity

Law firm in the Loop is seeking a commercial real estate paralegal with 2+ years' experience to cover a leave of absence. Candidates should be experienced with the commercial closing processes, working on title searches/clearances, and general real estate transaction work. 
 

Immigration Paralegal - Northfield, IL

Law firm in Northfield, IL is seeking a business immigration paralegal with 1+ year experience. Candidates should have experience with H1B, TN, and L1 visas. Experience with PERM a plus. 
 
 
Send resumes to Christina Polet @ cpolet@beaconhillstaffing.com.
 

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender has Paralegal job opportunities in Chicago, IL! Please share if you know someone that may be interested and meet the minimum qualifications. Click here to learn more and to complete the *required* online job application. The posting closes on June 17, 2019. Please direct any general or application status questions to the Cook County Bureau of Human Resources (BHR) at 312-603-3300 and reference requisition ID: 00123162. 

Thanks, 

Asia Cobb, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resource Specialist
Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hybrid Position - Petersen Health Care, Peoria, Illinois


Petersen Health Care has been a trusted leader in long-term care since 1974. We offer a variety of positions for health care jobs that feature opportunities to serve the elderly and disabled. These positions feature the area’s most attractive salary and benefit package, including:

  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Vision/Dental Plan
  • Generous Vacation plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match
  • And More!

Summary of Position:

  • Apply for Medicaid on behalf of residents and assist residents and their families throughout the Medicaid application process.

Position requires:

  • Preparing and filing Medicaid applications;
  • Helping residents and families understand documentation needed to process application;
  • Preparing and filing appeals when Medicaid applications get denied;
  • Following up on applications and seeing them through to conclusion.

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with filing Medicaid applications preferred, but not required;
  • Strong Computer Skills, able to manage emails, able to use Microsoft Office Products.
  • Self Starter with good Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Ability to Accurately Coordinate Multiple Tasks in a Busy Environment

Able to Adapt to a Changing Environment
Please e-mail resume and cover letter to:
Jason Crowder, Corporate Counsel @ jmcrowder@petersenhealthcare.net.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Paralegal position available immediately with very busy, fast paced law firm in downtown Peoria specializing in personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and civil litigation.  Candidate must be extremely organized, pay close attention to details, possess initiative, professionalism and have excellent time management skills.  Candidate also must have strong grammatical skills, communication skills and must be computer and technology proficient.  Candidate will be expected to organize and summarize medical records, communicate with clients, counsel and insurance adjusters and prepare written correspondence, pleadings and discovery.  Salary to commensurate with experience. Please send resumes to pcbaasst@mtco.com with reference number 01092019. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Worker’s Compensation/Personal Injury Paralegal- Peoria, IL

Sole practitioner seeking experienced Worker’s Comp/PI paralegal.  This is a high volume, fast paced office.

Individual must be self-motivated with good attention to detail and ability to multi-task.

Duties include:  electronic court filings, state and federal pleadings, Medicare filings, client contact, medical bill and record review, setting depositions, preparing trial exhibits, filing Worker’s Compensation cases and pleadings, dictation, scanning (paperless office)

Proficient in Word, Adobe, Quickbooks, Clio program experience is a bonus

Full time position-Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm

Contact:  LeAnn Young at spidie101@aol.com

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

American Bar Association Opportunities for Paralegals and Paralegal Students


On May 1, 2019 the ABA launched a new Membership Model. The new model features:
  • Simplified DUES RATE STRUCTURE, with a $75 membership rate for paralegals$0 for paralegal students, and attorney rates based on number of years from first admission to the bar.
  • Access to a new online, on-demand CLE Member Benefit Library with 450+ titles
  • An option to join the Law Practice and General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Divisions free with your ABA membership
  • A new ABA logo
ABALogo

Please share this information with students, paralegal faculty and others who may be interested.

Cessation of ABA Spotlights

As many of you know, over the past several years the Standing Committee and Approval Commission has produced the ABA Spotlight Series highlighting legal resources available on the ABA’s website. With the release of the new membership model, previous content may only be accessible to ABA members. In light of this change, the Standing Committee and Approval Commission will no longer be producing the Spotlight Series.

The Committee will be exploring different ways to provide information on paralegal education and the profession to our ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs and other interested parties. We are looking to launch a Standing Committee on Paralegals and Approval Commission Blog within the next several weeks and hope to use this format to share content and resources, in addition to information and activities of the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals and Approval Commission. We welcome ideas for future blog topics. Please contact Jessica Watson with any questions or feedback.

Thank you,

Christopher Jennison, Chair of the Standing Committee on Paralegals
Thomas E. McClure, Chair of the Standing Committee on Paralegals Approval Commission

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Ethics and UPL in Paralegal Programs

The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) recently surveyed current paralegal and legal studies students to determine how their Paralegal program covers Ethics and the Unauthorized Practice of Law, topics we teach, discuss, drill and our graduates KNOW.

https://aafpe.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/NFPA%202019%20Ethics%20Training%20Survey%20Results.pdf

Saturday, April 13, 2019

AI and Paralegals

Perspective on emerging AI and Paralegals


https://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/paralegal-voice/2019/04/automation-in-the-legal-industry-how-ai-empowers-paralegals/