Issue #24
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Focus on. . .
The 2000 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence and the Local Rules for the Texas Federal District Courts
A summary of the amendments to the rules of procedure and evidence that took effect on December 1, 2000, along with an analysis of how Texas’ four federal district courts have dealt with these changes via amendments to their local rules.  Particular emphasis is placed on how these changes affect legal assistants.

Federal Preemption
A review of the types of federal preemption, as well as an analysis of the legal issues raised, with a focus on its application and effect on product liability cases.

Wrestling with Qualified Immunity in Section 1983 Litigation
Are government officials always protected from suit when plaintiffs sue for violation of constitutional rights?  Along with a brief outline of the issue, this article also examines examples, the role of qualified immunity in pretrial activity, and current developments.

Hot "Cites"

Traveling Made Easier (Hopefully) with Some Thoughts and Experiences from a “Seasoned” Road Warrior
Some great tips and helpful ideas from an experienced, albeit sometimes road weary, traveling legal assistant.

Legal Research 101: Class 2
More research tips:  Primary and Secondary Sources

What Roth Hath, Traditional Hath Not
A look at the Roth IRA, its rules, advantages, and drawbacks

Et Al.

LAU 2001—Dallas

District 2 News



President's Message

Editor's Note

Letters & Reader Comments

The Ethics of Giving Legal Advice

web Wizards
More suggestions for interesting websites from
Linda J. Wolf,  Dallas


Everyone likes to see their name in print...well...almost everyone! If you would like to see your’s, all you have to do is submit an article to The Texas Paralegal Journal. It doesn’t have to be a tome—it can be as short as one-half page. Or if you have more to say, you can take up to five (5) single-spaced, typewritten pages. If you need ideas, take a look at the following suggestion: 
Criminal Law: Concealed Handgun Law; Pre-Litigation: Subrogation, Interview Techniques, Obtaining a Proper Witness Statement; Litigation: Trial Notebooks, Organization of Complex Document Production, Use of Databases, "On-the-Road" (working on a case out of your immediate area-what you need to know); Corporate/Business Law; Immigration; Environmental Law; Maritime and Admiralty
Products Liability; Medical Malpractice (including the role of the nurse/paralegal); Real Estate; Entertainment and Intellectual Property; Non-Traditional Roles for Legal Assistants; Pro Bono

These are only a few ideas for potential articles. If you feel you don’t have anything to contribute, you probably know someone who does. Either contact them directly, or let us know their information and we will track them down.  We are also looking for suggestions for "Paralegal Pointers" "Law & Disorder" and our "Web Wizards" columns.  Also welcome are your comments and criticisms of our publications and website.

To share your ideas or submit an article, please contact:

Norma Hackler, Coorinator
Legal Assistants Division
P. O. Box 1375
Manchaca, TX 78652
512/280-1776 (o)
512/291-1170 (fax) 


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