They send me books. Lots and lots of books. Who??? you're asking? The publishers, that's who. They seem to think that we're going to review every book that's come our way. I haven't gotten to Ludicrous Laws & Mindless Misdemeanors yet. The Inspiration Factor was uninspiring and Fame 101 was content -free. What the heck did they expect me to do with The Florida Paralegal, I ask you.
Turns out that The Florida Paralegal, a resource guide written by William P. Statsky, Robert N. Diotalevi and Pam McCoy Linquist could be a very good textbook. I would prefer that the layout and design made more sense. The book serves as a reference containing a great deal of information that is essential for paralegals. It is Internet-rich with resources that will help paralegals in many aspects of their day-to-day classes and jobs. Even if you're not in Florida, you'll find this book helpful when dealing with cases out-of-state.
Statsky, of course, is the primo writer of paralegal text books. Hardly anyone these days goes through a paralegal course without running into at least one Statsky book. I remember meeting Bill at a Los Angeles Paralegal Meeting some years ago that took place in the Marina del Rey. When I finally realized who was speaking, I was blown away. Here was a good-looking guy wearing tight jeans, a camel color sports jacket and boots He had the bluest eyes I had ever seen. Addressing the audience, he took command and showed up as a real leader. Because he had written so many books at that time, I was expecting someone else entirely. Someone well, scholarly perhaps. Tweed jacket with leather elbows, that sort of thing. Ever since that meeting, he and I have kept up via e-mail. Flash forward and now, I have a picture of him with his grandkids. I'm not sure where the time has gone – except I still see that good-looking guy with the sports jacket and jeans, blond hair rippling in the wind, blue eyes twinkling…..wait! Snap out of it, Estrin! But I digress here.
The book is Internet-rich with resources that will help paralegals in many aspects of their day-to-day responsibilities. Some key features:
- Introduces the reader to the paralegal career in Florida
- Provides a comprehensive legal dictionary
- Provides ethical opinions governing paralegals
- Covers the unauthorized practice of law in the state
- Explains the judicial, legislative and executive structure of Florida government
- Provides time lines for typical civil and criminal cases in Florida courts
- Provides examples of local citation rules
It is a text book. However, if you are a practicing paralegal, you're going to want to have this book on your desk in arm's reach. It can help you shine as a paralegal and serves as a mecca of information for those searching to get the assignment absolutely, positively correct.
ISBN 13 978-1-4180-1292-2.
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