10/19/2020

Active Listening is NOT Optional in Law and Justice Careers

If you take any one of Professor Higgins investigation or litigation related courses, you learn about the importance of Active Listening.  

The successful police officer, investigator, paralegal, or lawyer must hear and process far more than they must speak.  

We see, hear, assess, and analyze what we hear and observe before we act or speak on that information.

Active listening is a skill that you must commit to, develop, and practice to see dividends.  

It may benefit you in your personal life as much as in your career. Especially in our current environment. 

Take a few minutes to read Tania Israel's short article and if you have a few minutes more, watch her TED Talk linked at the bottom of the article. 

https://ideas-ted-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/ideas.ted.com/how-to-listen-really-listen-to-someone-you-dont-agree-with/amp/



10/13/2020

Resume and Interviewing Workshop Opportunities for ICC Students and Graduates

Resume and Interviewing Workshop Opportunities

Join your ICC Career Services Coordinators in the virtual workshops offered below that will be most beneficial for students in our public service-oriented careers. 

The workshops will last 1 hour and will be very helpful to you during this time. 

Please feel free to register for a workshop, for any or all the topics that interest you. If you aren't able to join in on the dates or times listed on that webpage Career Services is always happy to work with you and you can schedule an individual appointment.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Learn tips and tricks for building or revising a resume that will impress potential employers. Learn about the important role a cover letter plays in your job application and how to use it to land an interview.


Interviewing Workshop

While it’s common to be nervous for job interviews, you can also learn and practice strategies to help you stay calm and nail it on the big day.


*Provide proof you attended both workshops or had an individual appointment on both topics and you may be able to earn extra credit in one of Professor Higgins courses.

10/06/2020

Paralegal Program Spring and Summer 2021 Schedule

Our Spring 2021 Spring Program Course Schedule will be:

Online Anytime 

Prlgl 110, Prlgl 118, Prlgl 260

Online Scheduled

Day/Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Prlgl 112

Prlgl 114

Prlgl 113

Prlgl 115


And so you can plan for your Summer, our plan is to offer:

Online Anytime

Prlgl 120, Prlgl 260 and CRJ 230


10/02/2020

Jobs from the PCBA LegalEase for October

 Real Estate Paralegal / Title Searcher – The law firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs LLC is seeking a real estate paralegal to assist in the title department with our extensive real estate practice in both residential and commercial real estate.  This paralegal position will be responsible for real estate title searches, assisting with the preparation of title commitments, preparing closing documents, and assisting with real estate closings and related loan transactions.  An applicant must be intelligent and detailed oriented and must be able to travel to conduct searches in local courthouses or attend closings outside our offices. Title experience preferred.  If interested, please send a cover letter and your resume to Miller, Hall & Triggs, LLC, Attn: Hiring Manager, by email at hiring@mhtlaw.com or by regular mail to 416 Main Street, Suite 1125, Peoria, IL 61602.

 

Legal Assistant
The U.S. Attorney's Office has an opening for a legal assistant. For more information and how to apply, click the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/574774300


Legal Assistant

Goldfine & Bowles is a personal injury law firm looking for an experienced legal assistant.  This individual will have a significant amount of client contact and must be comfortable working and dealing with a variety of individuals.  This position will require organization and attention to detail.  This person will assist in all aspects of the claims process,  including,  setting up claims, ordering and assembling medical packages, and a variety of other duties dealing with personal injuries.  We provide a pleasant work environment and are looking for a long term employee.  Please send inquiries and resumes to personalinjury@goldfineandbowles.com or fax to 309.282.2090


9/15/2020

Interesting Temporary Full-time Jobs

Interesting Temporary Full-time Jobs that wouldn't look bad on a resume and may get you some travel in a time of little to none.

By way of introduction, I am a Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance. I am reaching out to you because of the office you hold with the AAfPE (American Association for Paralegal Education).

 

Because of the huge influx of applications from COVID-19 as well as other natural and man-made disasters across the U.S. and its territories, we need people. Our most immediate need is in the Legal arena for paralegals and attorneys.

 

The jobs are full-time but temporary (2 to 6 months), and many of them can be done virtually.  We have expedited the hiring process to bring qualified people on board ASAP.   

 

Would your office help by letting your members know about the following open positions? The titles below include hyperlinks to the position descriptions on USAJobs.com, which include additional qualification criteria as well as a link where applications can be submitted.

   

Please apply below 

 

The U.S. Small Business Administration has an urgent need for Paralegals/Attorneys to review and close SBA Disaster Loans.  Real Estate experience is a plus. Individuals waiting on bar results may apply. Attorneys must present a current bar card but may be licensed in any state.  

Paralegal Specialist
GS-0950-09/11; Full time (Temp)
Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA); Processing Disbursement Center (PDC); Fort Worth, TX;
Open to United States Citizens

Attorney Advisor (Gen)
(Supersedes previous announcement, EXC-20-057-PDC-10755112, to amend duty location)
GS-0301-09/11; Full time (Temp)
Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA); Processing and Disbursement Center (PDC); Duty Station Negotiable.
Open to United States Citizens

Thank you again for your willingness to assist.

 

Carl Dombek, Public Affairs Specialist

Office of Disaster Assistance - Field Operations Center East
U.S. Small Business Administration

Cell: 703-712-2080

 

9/09/2020

New Law Office Position, Peoria, Illinois

Dailey Law Center P.C. is interviewing for part-time or full-time Secretary / Paralegal position. If interested in Family Law please submit resumes to daileylawcenter@mtco.com.

8/25/2020

Remote Discussion about our Illinois Central College "One Book, One College" 2020-21 selection, BORN A CRIME, November 9th!

We will host a discussion for students, faculty or staff about this book via Zoom on November 9th at 5 p.m.  If you would like the Zoom invite, please contact Professor Higgins at: thomas.higgins@icc.edu 

The ICC Library “One Book, One College” Committee has picked Born a Crime by Trevor Noah as the 2020-2021 Program Selection. 

Born a Crime tells the story of racism, social justice and poverty and Trevor Noah's life and childhood growing up as a bi-racial child in South Africa.  It is a timely choice and a great opportunity to support and expand on our efforts to address the systemic racism and social justice concerns of our students and to further our interest in addressing those concerns in the law and justice careers we support and prepare our students to enter every day.  

For more information on our ICC One Book, One College program go to: https://icc.edu/library/one-book-one-college/  



8/24/2020

Access to Lexis (Nexis Uni) and Searching for Illinois Case Law

Jessica Bastain in our ICC library created some very helpful resources for students on “How to Login to Nexis Uni” and “How to Search Illinois Case Law in Nexis Uni.”  

A short video walking you through each of these topics can be found on YouTube:  

How to Login to Nexis Uni: https://youtu.be/z6yeEzbLue4

How to Search Illinois Case Law in Nexis Uni: https://youtu.be/2lYJTpKm1MU

 

She also created a webpage on Nexis Uni for Paralegal and Criminal Justice Students. It includes these videos and two pdf files that you can save or print to have available until you get more familiar with this resource.  It includes general information about logging in to the ICC Library, a link to our chat, and helpful quick links.


Here is the link to that webpage: https://libguides.icc.edu/NexisUni/home

 

The Library is also offering one-on-one virtual appointments with students.  


When we are on campus Jessica is our "Law" Librarian because she is stationed at the Peoria Campus library adjacent to Poplar Hall.  She is always extremely helpful and supportive of our Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Paralegal students and we are very fortunate that she is willing to meet with students individually if you need more assistance.


Students can schedule an appointment with Jessiva, or any other librarian, from this page: https://icc.edu/library/for-students/book-a-librarian/


 

 


8/21/2020

Excellent Legal Assistant Opportunity, Peoria, Illinois

Regional litigation firm with national reach seeks exceptional legal assistant to join our team in our Peoria, Illinois office. The ideal candidate would have at least five years of experience working at a litigation firm and meet the following requirements:

  •         Familiarity with state and federal court procedures and rules;
  •         Knowledge of court docketing rules and ability to calculate and calendar responsive deadlines, reminders, and invitations through Outlook or other electronic calendar systems; ability to manage multiple calendars for depositions, meetings, and travel;
  •         Proficiency in e-filing in local courts as well as courts in other states (federal and state courts) and PACER; experience in downloading documents from websites;
  •          Experience in working with electronic document management systems and the ability to organize and maintain electronic files;
  •          Ability to work in a team-based setting with other team members supporting a group of attorneys and paralegals;
  •          Open to taking on new responsibilities and challenging tasks and managing a fluid job description;
  •          Excellent organizational skills with the ability to integrate into a fast-paced environment;
  •          Excellent typing skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office 2016/365 (Word, Outlook, Excel);
  •          Experience with Adobe and the ability to manipulate pdf documents;
  •          Strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail with excellent proofing and editing skills;
  •          Ability to multitask and prioritize workflow, anticipate needs and creatively find solutions to problems;
  •          Must be able to adjust to periods of heavy workloads requiring occasional overtime;
  •          Complex case management and trial preparation experience required;
  •          Excellent general office skills, including scanning, copying, preparing check requests, mail and FedEx/UPS or other shipping procedures, scheduling meetings and depositions, and make phone calls to obtain information.

Our firm offers excellent benefits including:

·         Medical/Dental/Vision insurance

·         Company matching 401(k)

·         Paid Time Off (PTO) and Holiday time

·         Paid parking or transportation reimbursement

·         Cellphone reimbursement


Compensation commensurate with experience. Interested candidates, please submit a resume and list of references.

Please send resumes to Kerron Route at Route@knightnicastro.com

 

8/14/2020

Orientation to the Illinois Central College Paralegal Program

Under normal circumstances, we hold an orientation for our new Paralegal students, live, in-person, in one place at one time and we get to see you and you see us and we get to answer any questions you may have and provide you with all the information you may need to be successful in our program and in the Paralegal career. 

Obviously, we are not operating under normal circumstances.

As a result, Professor Higgins created a podcast for new students, students enrolled in his Introduction to Paralegal course and he provided all of the documents normally provided in the orientation session on his course Blackboard site.

You can listen to and refer back to that podcast here at any time.

https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-e5kcj-e6f0c9



8/12/2020

Internship Opportunity with Attorney Donald Jackson, Peoria, Illinois

INTERNSHIP POSITION AVAILABLE 

 

 

DAILY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Filing 

  • Answering Phones 

 

TASKS AS ASSIGNED 

  • Draft document preparation 

  • Draft letter preparation 

  • Memorandum preparation 

  • Dictation 

  • Case law research 

  • Interviewing potential clients 

  • Scheduling clients & hearings 

  • E-Filing in both federal and state Courts 

  • Emailing Court clerks & opposing counsel 

  • Assisting with Zoom hearing set-up 

  • Reviewing/compiling discovery & determining completeness of same, making requests when requested documents are missing 

  • Entering attorney time from attorney diary 

  • Tracking Paralegal/Legal Secretary Time 

  • Tracking copy and postage charges per client 

 

REQUIRED SKILLS 

  • Fluency in MS Windows, Word & Excel 

  • Ability to multi-task 

  • Ability to learn new tasks quickly, with minimal direction 

  • Proper grammar skills, ability to converse with attorneys and clients in a professional manner 

 

PREFERRED SKILLS 

  • Background/familiarity with basic accounting and billing procedures 

  • Familiarity with administrative law 

  • Familiarity with Sage Timeslips 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/APPLICATION PROCEDURE 

This is a temporary position which has the potential of leading to permanent employment upon completion of the internship.  Normal office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm.  Please submit resume, cover letter and a minimum of three professional (3) references to JacksonLaw218@gmail.com.  Cover letter/resume should include relevant college courses which the applicant has either completed or is enrolled, salary demand and availability.  In the event an applicant requires flexibility in their work schedule to accommodate required class meetings/projects, consideration will be given upon receipt of school schedule or other proof of any required activity.