Tag Archives: New Paralegals

Paralegal Reception Welcomes New Licensees

Ontario’s newest paralegals were formally welcomed to the legal community Nov. 19, with a Reception at Osgoode Hall. While poor driving conditions reduced the number of attendees from the expected 220, Convocation Hall was alive with networking and professional discussions. Last night’s event was the first Welcome Reception for Janet Minor as Treasurer. In her […]

The First Client is the Toughest

When you first enter the legal profession as a paralegal/entrepreneur, getting the first few clients can seem like an insurmountable task. For those who had visions of an endless steam of clients the instant they opened their practice, reality strikes on the first day of business, as you sit patiently waiting for that phone to […]

Paralegal Growing Pains: The Long Road to the Start Line

Paralegal and new SCOPE contributor, Magdalena Chromicz, shares her experiences with making the leap from legal assistant to independent paralegal services provider: I began the paralegal career path in September 2003. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I thought my enthusiasm alone would propel me into the heights of success as a legal professional. Enthusiasm got me pretty […]

Book Review: POA Booklet

Paralegal SCOPE Magazine contributor Paralegal Suzanne Bemrose, of Bellum Legal, reviews “Provincial Offences Act: Ontario Court of Justice Selected Short Form Wordings, Set Fines and Ministry of Transportation CVOR Points,” by James Giroux. This is the book that was referenced in the OPN/CPD On-Time “Strictly Provincial” CPD event in July. This book is a very […]

New Group For Women Paralegals

There’s a “new kid on the block,” of paralegal organizations. The Women’s Paralegal Association of Ontario (WPAO) has begun accepting applications for its woman-centred services. WPAO provides mentorship and support to women working as licensed Paralegals within the Province of Ontario, and to paralegal students. Innovation and education are the hallmarks of the not-for-profit corporation. […]

CPD Hours Demystified

Note: Convocation has changed elements of the CPD Requirement. Some changes took effect May 30, 2013; others are being phased-in. Read about those changes in SCOPE. Continuing Professional Development is mandatory for paralegals, under the Law Society of Upper Canada rules. Why? Our regulatory body offers these reasons at its website: “Continuing professional development (CPD) […]

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