Dr. Michael Iwama is Named Dean at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston

Dr. Michael Iwama, Dean, MGH Institute of Health Professions

Dr. Michael Iwama is the new Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.

Widely recognized for developing the "Kawa Model" of care, Dr. Iwama is a progressive thinker in the fields of occupational therapy and rehabilitation sciences.

I really want to be able to contribute to a legacy, work with colleagues to achieve something truly great, and give something back to the world, and I want to do it at the MGH Institute.”

— Dr. Michael Iwama, Dean, MGH Institute of Health Professions

BOSTON, MA, USA, December 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Michael Iwama, PhD, MSc, BScOT, has been named the new Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, at MGH Institute of Health Professions graduate school in Boston.

Dr. Iwama is widely recognized for having developed the “Kawa Model” (‘Kawa’ is Japanese for ‘River’), the first substantial model of practice in the rehabilitation sciences developed outside the English-speaking world. The Kawa Model is now taught in over 600 health professions education programs internationally and used in practice across six continents. He has emerged as a very important and progressive thinker in the fields of occupational therapy and rehabilitation sciences worldwide.

“I’m at that stage in my career where I really want to be able to contribute to a legacy, work with colleagues to achieve something truly great, and give something back to the world,” says Dean Iwama, who was born in Japan and grew up in Canada. “And I want to do it at the MGH Institute.”

Iwama draws on his rich experience of acculturating into Eastern and Western social spheres of experience to drive his profound and critical perspectives on culture and its intersections with theory and practice in the rehabilitation sciences.

A passionate and captivating communicator, Dean Iwama regularly is invited to lecture to both U.S. and international audiences. Since his book, The Kawa Model: Culturally Relevant Occupational Therapy, was published in 2006, he has given over 350 invited national and international lectures and over 40 keynote and plenary addresses at scientific and professional conferences. He has more than 25 publications in both English and Japanese professional journals.

“We are absolutely thrilled that an educator and scholar with such impressive credentials has joined the MGH Institute,” said President Paula Milone-Nuzzo, PhD, RN, FHHC, FAAN. “Dr. Iwama’s record of accomplishment is known throughout the world, and our programs in genetic counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and speech-language pathology will thrive under his leadership.”

Iwama also is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and holds similar adjunct professorial appointments at six universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Asia.
Prior to arriving at the MGH Institute, he was professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Augusta University, formerly the Medical College of Georgia.

Iwama completed advanced studies in Medical Anthropology from University of Leiden, Netherlands, and has earned a PhD in Sociology from Kibi International University in Japan, a MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences from University of British Columbia, a BSc in Occupational Therapy from University of British Columbia, and a BSc in Human Performance from the University of Victoria.

About MGH Institute of Health Professions
Team-based care, delivered by clinicians skilled in collaboration and communication, leads to better outcomes for patients. That’s why MGH Institute of Health Professions graduate school in Boston integrates interprofessional education into its academic programs. Approximately 1,600 students at its Charlestown Navy Yard campus learn and collaborate in teams across disciplines as they pursue post-baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in genetic counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, speech-language pathology, health professions education, and rehabilitation sciences. Its interprofessional learning model extends to hundreds of hospital, clinical, community, and educational sites in Greater Boston and beyond.

The MGH Institute is the only degree-granting affiliate of Partners HealthCare, New England’s largest health provider. It has educated more than 7,700 graduates since its 1977 founding. It is fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Several programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report. For the past nine years, the IHP has been named a "Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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ASC Cinematographers Headline Sold-Out NYC Cinematography Event

Award-Winning Documentary, TV and Feature Film DPs Go Behind-the-Scenes

I had a great time at Sight, Sound & Story. Not only did I have a great time speaking with Snehal, but also found the other presenters fascinating, and learned a lot.”

— Cinematographer Bruce Logan, ASC

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, December 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Manhattan Edit Workshop, the east coast leader in training for content creators, held its annual “Sight, Sound & Story: The Art of Cinematography” symposium on December 6th at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Three panels featuring award-winning cinematographers discussed their craft, followed by a networking party attended by industry-leading sponsors, filmmakers, and creative production professionals. Tohm Sansani, Director, Product Management at Vimeo noted, "Sight, Sound, and Story was a fantastic event. It brought together a diverse community of video professionals and filmmakers who all share the same passion for telling exceptional stories through film."

The program this year kicked-off with documentary DPs Alan Jacobsen (“Strong Island,” “Finding 52”) and Martina Radwan (“The Final Year,” “Inventing Tomorrow”) comparing and contrasting how their methods of shooting varied and carried the tone of the films they were working on. Veteran Cinematographer Bruce Logan, ASC (“Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope,” “Tron,” “2001: A Space Odyssey”) took the stage for an intimate discussion on his legendary career. He recalled how he got his start working with animation on Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”, to exploding a model of the Death Star in “Star Wars,” to shooting scenes from the groundbreaking film “Tron.” The closing panel featured acclaimed veteran Robert McLachlan, ASC, CSC (“Game of Thrones,” “Westworld,” “Ray Donovan,”) sharing his insights from some of the most watched television shows in history. He took the audience deep behind-the-scenes of “Ray Donovan” & “Westworld”; and then the complexities of shooting hundreds of extras from a massive battle scene in “Game of Thrones.” Hugo Perez, Snehal Patel, and David Leitner moderated, respectively.

Panelist Bruce Logan, ASC commented on the evening as, “I had a great time at Sight, Sound & Story. Not only did I have a great time speaking with Snehal, but also found the other presenters fascinating, and learned a lot.”

“This is a wonderful way for people interested in cinematography to get access to the masters,” shared moderator and ZEISS Sales Manager Snehal Patel. “The DPs are happy to share lessons they learned on set, and insider information about how the industry works. I learned so much from these artists. Don’t miss the next one!”

The 2018 “Sight, Sound & Story: The Art of Cinematography” sponsors included Platinum and Networking Party Sponsor ZEISS, Master Storyteller Sponsors Adorama and Vimeo; and Technology Sponsor Shutterstock.

Sight, Sound & Story continues in 2019 with its Post Production Summit on June 13th and The Art of Cinematography event on November 14th; as well as evening events throughout the year. Please visit www.SightSoundandStory.com for a collection of videos and more information on our events.

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Church of Scientology Information Center Wraps up a Year of Events with a Community Holiday Party

The Church of Scientology choir will be the opening act for the Community Holiday Party at the Scientology Information Center on December 14th welcoming guests of all ages.

As 2019 is just around the corner, we wanted to give the community a chance to enjoy themselves before the start of a whole new year.”

— Amber Skjelset, Center Manager

CLEARWATER, FL, US, December 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — On December 14th the Scientology Information Center will host a Holiday party for the community featuring local performers, Joe Yazbeck and Greg Smith and the Church of Scientology Choir.

Joe Yazbeck is a veteran recording and performing artist who has recently released two popular albums Streets of Your Heart and the holiday favorite Jazz’d About Christmas. Joe has performed nationally with his band Heartdance and continues to perform at special events and venues. Joe has also performed as part of national touring companies of Broadway shows.

Greg Smith has been playing guitar since 1966 and has played in many styles ranging from classical, through rock, blues, country, straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz and free jazz. He has played all over the United States with well known artists such as Chic Corea, Edgar Winter, Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin, Glen Zotolla, Randy Sabien and Brian Torff. Currently he performs around the greater Tampa Bay area as a solo acoustic guitarist, with the New York Guitar Carts, numerous duos, the Heartdance band and more.

The Church of Scientology Choir first originated in the United Kingdom in the 1960’s where early Scientologists put the concepts of their religious beliefs to song and to celebrate their spiritual advancements in their pursuit of spiritual freedom. The Church of Scientology Choir of Clearwater began in the 1993, to continue that tradition. As a volunteer group they love music and singing and their goal is to perform as often as possible to reach out into the community to lift spirits everywhere.

Yazbeck and Smith will provide a “smooth and mellow” flair, while the Choir will have songs that will encourage kid participation with hand-held bells and percussion sticks. The event includes holiday-inspired refreshments and a chance to meet with the artists afterwards and take photos.

“The songs will be Holiday favorites of all genres and all styles,” said event organizer and Center Manager, Amber Skjelset. “They’ll be the kind that you can’t help but sing along with and reminisce. As 2019 is just around the corner, we wanted to give the community a chance to enjoy themselves before the start of a whole new year,” said Skjelset.

The Information Center, located in the Century-old Historic Clearwater Building, houses displays which provide basic information through panels and brief audiovisual presentations covering Scientology’s beliefs, humanitarian community activities and an overview of the life of Scientology’s Founder,

Mr. L. Ron Hubbard for those who are curious.

To attend this event or learn more about the Scientology Information Center or the 2019 calendar of events please contact Amber Skjelset at (727) 467-6966 or email amber@cos.flag.org.

The Scientology Information Center:

The Scientology Information Center, located in the Historic Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015 and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder. The Center offers tours to the broad public and civic leaders; holds concerts, theatrical performances and receptions for the community; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups.

For more information on Scientology, visit www.scientology.org or the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320, or streaming at www.scientology.tv or apps at appleTV, fireTV and ROKU.

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A NEIGHBORLY PRE-CHRISTMAS CLEAN-UP RAISES AWARENESS OF ILLEGAL DUMPING

About 200 Scientology Volunteer Ministers gathered in front of the MLK Community Center before 1 Dec Cleanup

If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a VOLUNTEER MINISTER.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, December 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — On the morning of Saturday, December 1st, some 200 Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) flooded the Clearwater neighborhood of Greenwood in their sea of yellow shirts for a pre-Christmas clean-up. The headquarters of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Florida in downtown Clearwater is less than a ¼ mile from Greenwood, a neighborhood plagued with illegal dumping.

“We have to put an end to the illegal dumping of trash in this neighborhood,” said the Florida VMs Executive Director, Glendy Goodsell. “It starts with clean-ups like this to increase awareness and responsibility.” Ms. Goodsell also noted that the trashier the neighborhood, the more likely crime will increase as per the Broken Window Theory by Professors Kelling and Wilson.

After a safety briefing on handling trash and hazardous materials, the volunteers grabbed their gloves, bags and hit the streets. Within 3 hours, the VMs had filled 60 trash bags and gathered: 12 tires, 21 TVs, 9 couches, 3 mattresses, 3 dressers, 2 desks, and a night stand. In all, the trash collected filled nearly two 30-yard dumpsters.

“I want to wholeheartedly thank the Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers for continuing to take care of the community,” said Greenwood leader, Mr. O’Neal Larkin.

Residents are encouraged to contact the City of Clearwater which has a section on its cell phone app for reporting illegal dumping.

For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, please call 727-467-6965 or log on to info.fl@volunteerministers.org

ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER MINISTERS: The Volunteer Minister (VM) program was launched more than thirty years ago, in response to an appeal by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. Noting a tremendous downturn in the level of ethics and morality in society, Mr. Hubbard wrote, “If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a VOLUNTEER MINISTER.” Accordingly, Volunteer Ministers work within communities, helping to improve conditions right at home. Renowned for their disaster relief, Volunteer Ministers have trained and partnered with over 1,000 different groups, organizations and agencies around the world, including the Red Cross, National Guard, Army Cadets, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts and disaster management agencies.

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THE WAY TO HAPPINESS ASSOCIATION TAMPA BAY ACKNOWlEDGES LEADERS OF TOMORROW

Young awardees at the Second Annual Love and Help Children Awards Banquet are acknowledged as they take to the stage of the historic Fort Harrison auditorium.

Through The Way to Happiness children can be guided into understanding right from wrong and so have a foundation to make right decisions.”

— Kelly Yaegermann, President of the Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, December 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay is holding their Third Annual Love and Help Children Awards Banquet on December 15th at the historic Fort Harrison. Over two dozen youth have been elected by their teachers, mentors and group leaders to be recognized at the event for their outstanding achievements in education, sports and contributions to non-profit organizations.

The Executive Director of The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay and founder of this annual banquet, Ms. Tanja Cranton stated, “I really believe there is nothing more important than our youth. They are our future and encouraging them to be competent, to be moral, and to give back to the community is what will help make a better society. The author of our The Way to Happiness book, Mr. L. Ron Hubbard said, ‘The true “gift of heaven” may have been the potential to be competent…Encourage the attainment of competence in any worthwhile pursuit. Compliment it and reward it whenever you find it.’ That is why we do this event.”

Three guest speakers who work with youth will address the audience: Mr. Walter Shihan, owner of the Shihan School of Survival, teaches self-defense to underprivileged youth; Ms. Tami Martin, a guardian ad litem; and Pastor Obi of Global Ministries. All three have successfully used The Way to Happiness to help the youth under their charge.

Kelly Yaegermann, President of the Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay, thanked the Church of Scientology for their sponsorship of the event and support of the organization. She also said, “Through The Way to Happiness children can be guided into understanding right from wrong and so have a foundation to make right decisions. Then they will give their best, persist through barriers and become strong and resilient. These are the qualities we admire in leaders.”

The Third Annual Love and Help Children Awards Banquet will be held on the 15th of December 2018 at the Historic Fort Harrison. For more information, please call 727 467 6961. (The Fort Harrison is the religious retreat of the Church of Scientology).

The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay:

The Way to Happiness Association of Tampa Bay is a chapter of The Way to Happiness International which distributes The Way to Happiness booklet. The booklet, written by L. Ron Hubbard, is available in 115 languages, with some 115 million copies distributed in 186 nations. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals. The booklet holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society.

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Clearwater Community Volunteers ED to Impart Special Message to Local Nonprofits at Final Charity Luncheon of 2018

Weekly Speakers Educate guests about Organizing non-profits

We started the luncheon with the goal of bringing Tampa Bay Area nonprofits together.”

— Clemence Chevrot, Director of the CCV Center

CLEARWATER, FL, US, December 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — On December 18th the Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) Center will host its final charity luncheon of the year, gathering local nonprofits to celebrate crossing the threshold of 2018 to 2019. Pam Ryan-Anderson, Executive Director for the Clearwater Community Volunteers, will deliver a personal message to the attendees of the luncheon about maintaining the foundation of their nonprofit – their volunteers.

Mrs. Ryan-Anderson has directed the activities of the Clearwater Community Volunteers for 16 years. Through her time as Executive Director, the nonprofit has grown its community events into large scale fundraisers, all of which raised thousands of dollars this year for CCV and other charitable organizations.

Mrs. Ryan-Anderson said, “The Clearwater Community Volunteers is based on volunteer work, and there’s a specific way that I take care of volunteers to keep people interested and happy to donate their time and effort. I believe that volunteers are the foundation of any nonprofit. At the luncheon I’ll discuss what I found successful – and not so successful – in directing the Clearwater Community Volunteers since 2002.”

The luncheons initially began in June this year and have had 28 nonprofits participate. There is no cost to attend

The CCV Center is an extension of the volunteer-based organization to further expand the CCV’s assistance to nonprofits. It does this by offering its facilities as a meeting space or event venue at no cost to nonprofit organizations.

“We started the luncheon with the goal of bringing Tampa Bay Area nonprofits together.” said Clemence Chevrot, Director of the CCV Center. “As a result, many of these organizations have gone on to form partnerships toward improving our communities.”

To find out more information about the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center or to RSVP for the luncheon please call Michael Soltero at (727) 316-5309 or email ccvcenter@ccvfl.org.

About the Clearwater Community Volunteers:

The Clearwater Community Volunteers have over 25 years of community service under their belt with over 150,000 families and children helped since their founding in 1992. Sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, they stay true to their reputation of helping others with their new center located on the corner of Fort Harrison Avenue and Drew Street in downtown Clearwater.

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Employment attorney Curt Surls discusses the varying state responses to U.S. Supreme Court in Epic Systems v. Lewis

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In a recently published comment, Curt Surls reviews decision that individual arbitration clauses in employment contracts preempt class action lawsuits.

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Even if federal class action lawsuits are preempted by individual arbitration clauses, state laws could allow plaintiffs to pursue state class action suits. This is a developing area of the law …”

— Curt Surls, Employment Lawyer in California

MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In his most recently published article, California employment attorney Curt Surls reviews States' reactions to the Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis. The complete comment will be published on the Blog of Mr. Surls at https://curtsurlsblog.blogspot.com/

Several states are considering responses to Supreme Court’s recent decision in Epic System that held that individual arbitration clauses in employment contract preempts class action lawsuit. One such response is from Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, issuing Executive Order 18-03 in June of 2018 that directly mentions the Epic System decision in the preamble. Specifically, the order states “WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court, in its recent Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis decision, held that if employees sign an arbitration agreement requiring individual arbitration proceedings as a condition of employment, then those agreements preclude employees from pursuing a class or collective action against their employer to resolve disputes; and WHEREAS, when employers require workers to accept an arbitration clause as a condition of employment they deny workers the opportunity to seek redress for employment grievances through collective or class action in court or in arbitration, and workers are stripped of a powerful tool to level the historical imbalance between employers and employees; and WHEREAS, the Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis decision will inevitably result in an increased difficulty in holding employers accountable for widespread practices that harm workers . . . .” The order provides that “[t]o the extent permissible under state and federal law, when making purchasing and other procurement decisions, all state executive and small cabinet agencies shall seek to contract with qualified entities and business owners that can demonstrate or will certify that their employees are not required to sign, as a condition of employment, mandatory individual arbitration clauses and class or collective action waivers.” Although the order would only cover purchases and procurement by the executive branch of the state of Washington, if other states follows suit, it could put pressure on companies seeking to do business with state governments. It will be interesting to see how much effect the executive order will have and whether any other states will follow suit.

Other states are considering a legislative approach. New York and Vermont are considering passing a law similar to California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”). PAGA allows individuals who personally experienced a violation of a California employment law to sue on behalf of current or former employees who also experienced such violations. California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit has both held that PAGA is not preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act. Thus, even if federal class action lawsuits are preempted by individual arbitration clauses in employment contracts, state laws such as PAGA could allow plaintiffs to pursue state class action suits. This is a developing area of the law that bears close monitoring in the future, opines Mr. Surls.

*** Curt Surls is an attorney in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Wrongful Termination. Located in Manhattan Beach, California, the Law Office of Curt Surls offers a complete range of employment law services to those living throughout Southern California, including all of Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties. With nearly 30 years of experience focusing almost exclusively on this area of law, attorney Curtis Surls and his law firm provide the personalized assistance and effective support his clients need.

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Attorney Magdalena Cuprys concludes publication of "Paralegal Profession" review articles

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Paralegals sometimes perform “legal” work that otherwise would be done by attorneys. However, the supervising Attorneys remain fully responsible.

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As in every aspect of the practice of law, utilizing Paralegal services comes with corresponding ethical considerations for the attorney or firm. Attorneys are ultimately responsible”

— Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Florida-based immigration attorney Magdalena Cuprys has published the final article in a series about Paralegals. The complete articles will be published on the Blog of Ms. Cuprys at https://magdalenacuprysblog.blogspot.com/

The Paralegal Role in the Legal Profession

In general, Paralegals are qualified to perform their responsibilities by completing an educational program, receiving training on the job, or through actual work experience. They do not undergo the rigorous training of Attorneys, nor are they licensed like attorneys. Paralegals sometimes perform “legal” work that otherwise would be done by attorneys. However, the supervising Attorneys remain fully responsible for any legal work delegated to a Paralegal and must always supervise the Paralegal’s work. There are several different types of Paralegals, the designation depends upon the required education and training. Examples are:

“Certified Paralegal”

A Certified Paralegal is a Paralegal who has completed the voluntary certification process of a professional association by developing a specified level of professional competency. The various accreditation bodies include: The National Association of Paralegals (NALA) which awards the designation of CP (Certified Paralegal) and CLA (Certified Legal Assistant) to those who meet their specific requirements and complete the competency examination. NALA also governs certain Advanced Specialty Certifications (CLAS) programs, and there also exist certain state-specific advanced competency exams.

“Registered Paralegal”

The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) awards the designation Registered Paralegal (RP) to persons who have met its requirements, which requires passing a specific competency examination known as the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE).

“Professional Paralegal”

The National Association for Legal Professionals (NALS) awards the Professional Paralegal (PP) certification designation which reflects a proficiency in procedural law, substantive law and an overall commitment to a higher standard of conduct and professionalism. NALS' Professional Paralegals may distinguish themselves further by earning Specialty Certifications in various substantive law areas.

Paralegal Work Assignments

Paralegals can be delegated any task normally performed by a lawyer, as long as the lawyer supervises the work (except those specifically proscribed by law). For example, Paralegals can review and organize client files, conduct factual and legal research, prepare documents for legal transactions, draft pleadings and discovery notices, interview clients and witnesses, and assist at closings and trials. But Paralegals (and their supervising Attorneys) must always avoid the “unauthorized practice of law.” Generally, Paralegals may not represent clients in court, take depositions, or sign pleadings. In addition, Paralegals may not establish the attorney's relationship with the client or set fees to be charged, and may not give legal advice to a client.

The continued usage of Paralegals in the profession is also a mandate of pure economics. Paralegals significantly reduce attorney burden and costs. In many instances it affords the practitioner the ability to lower legal fees in certain practice areas. They are also extremely valuable in their ability to maintain increased client communication and contact which further enhances client satisfaction and customer service. Paralegals also are of tremendous economic value to the law firm or office, as their hourly time spent on individual cases may be billed to the client separately, and at lower rates for the clients. Such staff may increase client satisfaction and provide a significant additional income stream for the law practice if managed effectively. Additional benefits to the firm as well as the community is the usage of Paralegals in Pro Bono activities and services. Paralegals enhance the ability of law firms to provide significantly more pro bono legal services as they could have through attorneys alone.

Supervising Attorneys remain ultimately liable for Paralegal work

As in every aspect of the practice of law, utilizing Paralegal services comes with corresponding ethical considerations for the attorney or firm. Attorneys are ultimately responsible for the work product of Paralegals. Even more, Attorneys are also responsible for the ethical conduct of the Paralegals whom they employ. Any transgressions by the Paralegals may subject the Attorney to professional discipline. This is due to the fact that Paralegals are not directly subject to any rules of professional conduct promulgated by courts, legislatures, or government agencies, the (supervising) Attorneys are. However, Paralegals who are members of national and/or local Paralegal associations are required to follow the ethical codes of those associations.

Billing issues for Paralegal Work

As pertains to fees and compensation, a Paralegal's substantive legal work (i.e., that which is not clerical) may be billed directly to the client just as an attorney's work is billed, or considered in setting a flat fee just as that of an attorney's work. Attorneys may compensate Paralegals based on the quantity and quality of their work and the value of that work to the law practice. Paralegal compensation, however, may not be in any way based on a contingency, by advance agreement, or on the specific outcome of a particular case. In addition, Attorneys may not split any legal fees with Paralegals nor compensate Paralegals for the referral of legal business. They are also not permitted to be a partner or shareholder in a law firm.

Where to get Paralegal Education

As previously mentioned, the educational programs for Paralegals widely vary. These programs may or may not be approved or accredited. Those educational programs that are affiliated with a college or university may offer Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees, and/or certificates, which may be classified as undergraduate or post-baccalaureate certificates. Proprietary schools generally offer certificate programs. Educational programs are also available via The American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), NALS – the Association of Legal Professionals, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), the National Association of Paralegals (NALA), and the American Alliance of Paralegals (AAIPI) have developed accredited curriculum.

Conclusion

Paralegals play an indispensable role in the legal profession, and if the predictions are correct, that indispensable role will continue to expand as economic pressures force law firms and businesses to become ever more cost-effective. While the job outlook for Paralegals is bright, this may adversely affect Attorneys, whose work will migrate as much as technical and ethically possible to Paralegals. Just as a doctor’s workload may in part be handled by nurses or nurse practitioners, a lawyer’s workload will end up where it is most cost-effective (subject to professional and ethical rules). The only constant in life is change, and this is just another example of how times are changing. The drum computer has to a large extent replaced the drummer in a band or studio recording. The remote-controlled drone has in part replaced the fighter pilot. The taxi driver may soon be replaced by Google’s or Uber’s self-driving cars. This goes to prove that the only constant in life, even business life, is change.

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OttoLearn Agile Microlearning Wins Gold in the 2018 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards

The OttoLearn Agile Microelarning platform has won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold award for Excellence in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology.

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA, December 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Neovation Learning Solutions, a disrupter in the online training field, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group gold award for excellence in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology category for their OttoLearn Agile Microlearning platform. Neovation’s win was announced on December 6th, 2018. The winners are listed at http://www.brandonhall.com/excellenceawards/past-winners.html.

“We are thrilled to have our OttoLearn platform win a Gold award,” said Dan Belhassen, founder & president of Neovation Learning Solutions. “The online training world is hungry to move from course completions as the only meaningful metric, to actually ensuring that learners learn and retain the knowledge. Our OttoLearn platform is designed to do exactly that, so this recognition is very meaningful to us.”

“We’re proud to honor the innovators. As human capital management continues to evolve, the creativity of the award winners is breathtaking. Organizations of all size showed that creativity and technology can create new and better work experiences for businesses and their employees,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program.

“We were blown away,” said Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group. “Our research was confirmed by the entrants’ responsiveness to the needs of employers who seek to align technology to the goals of their businesses. Every Technology Award entry embodied a win-win proposition for employers and employees.”

A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:
Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

About Neovation Learning Solutions
Neovation is obsessed with unleashing human potential and increasing organizational intelligence. Neovation is focused on transforming online training through their OttoLearn Agile microlearning platform that delivers daily 2-minute training sessions to first raise a learner’s mastery level, and ensures long term retention.

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.
With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that Empowers Excellence Through Content, Collaboration and Community. Our members have access to research that helps them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, combined with research-powered advisory services customized to their needs.

Dan Belhassen
Neovation Learning Solutions
+1 204-594-1341
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Recruiting for Good Launches Fun Service Helping Moms Fund Ridesharing

Enjoy Gift Cards to Hop Skip Drive, Lyft, Kango, Uber, and Zum Too

Enjoy Gift Cards to Hop Skip Drive, Lyft, Kango, Uber, and Zum Too

Moms Attend Camp to Qualify and Sign Up for Personal Ridesharing Funding Savings Service

Moms Attend Camp to Qualify and Sign Up for Personal Ridesharing Funding Savings Service

Join Fun Summer Camp Fair at Capital One Cafe Santa Monica Jan. 12, 2019 10am to 1pm

Join Fun Summer Camp Fair at Capital One Cafe Santa Monica Jan. 12, 2019 10am to 1pm

Recruiting for Good launched the funnest cause and service helping moms fund summer camp; moms can now make referrals to earn ridesharing saving rewards.

We love helping moms who make a difference; save money on ridesharing.”

— Carlos Cymerman, Fun Advocate+Founder, Recruiting for Good

SANTA MONICA, CA, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Recruiting for Good based in Santa Monica, California is rewarding referrals made by moms that enable the staffing agency to connect candidates to companies; with ridesharing gift cards.

According to Recruiting for Good, Founder Carlos Cymerman, “We love to reward moms who make a difference savings. Join us to save time and money driving the kids to camp, school, or sports activities; enjoy gift cards to your favorite ridesharing company (Hop Skip Drive, Lyft, Kango, Uber, and Zum too).”

How Moms Sign Up for Ridesharing Savings Service

Recruiting for Good will invite L.A. moms who make a difference in the community (church, nonprofit, or school); to participate in our collaborative funding service.

Carlos Cymerman adds, "Are you a mom in L.A. that makes a difference and wants to save money on ridesharing? Come to our Summer Camp Fair at Capital One Cafe, on January 12th, 2019 from 10am to 1pm to sign up in person and qualify for our personal service and enjoy saving rewards."

Summer Camps in Attendance

Special thanks to the following; Camp Awesome, Good Dirt LA, Learn to Surf, Moo Moo Musica, SHIELD Women's Self Defense, Star Education, Steve & Kate's Camp, and Summer 4 Fun (waiting for 2 more camps to commit).

About

Recruiting for Good is a socially progressive staffing company in Santa Monica, finding talented professionals awesome jobs, since 1998. Companies retain us to find the best talent in Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Information Technology, Marketing, and Sales professionals. Our cause is to help fund summer camp. Women join to help fund camp scholarships; and earn exclusive love life rewards www.RecruitingforGood.com

Capital One Cafés are inviting places where you can bank, plan your financial journey, engage with your community, and enjoy Peet's Coffee®. "You don't have to be a customer." www.capitalone.com

Attend Fun Summer Camp Fair at Santa Monica Capital One Cafe on January 12th, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm to get to know local camps. Moms who make a difference can sign up for future summer camp scholarship savings. We created the fair to deliver inspired information in a personal and meaningful way (by selecting a diverse group of 10 camps). To learn more visit www.RecruitingforGood.com

Fund Summer Camp and Ridesharing Savings is funded by Recruiting for Good, our fun purpose is to help moms who make a difference prepare their kids for tomorrow's jobs by investing in enriching life experiences that inspire creativity, help kids find their passion and grow from within. Our purposeful funding service is confidential and personal. We meet moms to explain how recruiting referrals work; and how funding happens. To learn more visit www.FundSummerCamp.com

Carlos Cymerman
Recruiting for Good
+1 310-720-8324
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