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The New York Paralegal, 1st Edition

  • William P. Statsky
  • Robert A. Sarachan
  • ISBN-10: 1418013021
  • ISBN-13: 9781418013028
  • 528 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

Never before has teaching the critical state-specific material that your paralegal students need to know been easier – or more organized! A truly innovative resource, The New York Paralegal contains the information, documents, and resources essential to paralegal students who will be working in New York State, thus eliminating the need for instructors to gather this material piecemeal. Instead, this book does it all for you by compiling all of this information into a single, handy resource. Coverage includes an overview of the paralegal profession, ethics, the legal system, research, and even a comprehensive legal dictionary - all as they pertain to New York State laws and statutes. With all of this vital content provided in such a user-friendly format, students will find this an invaluable reference throughout their academic and professional careers. And instructors will find that they can spend less time preparing to teach and more time teaching.


  • Encourages students to further their understanding of critical concepts with a rich offering of internet resources that will supplement the knowledge gained in their day-to-day classes.

  • Provides concrete tools that can be applied to real-world situations, in the form of valuable sample documents, including a petition action, civil complaint, legal memorandum, appellate brief, and indictment.

  • Serves as a resource that can be utilized throughout a student's career, both in and out of the classroom, with useful reference material like the comprehensive legal dictionary, which cites specific New York cases and statutes.

About the Author

William P. Statsky

William Statsky has been is a member of the ethics committee and the advisory council for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and a member of the Certifying Board of the National Association of Legal Assistants. He has taught at Columbia Law School, UCLA School of Law, Antioch School of Law and Thomas Edison State College and is the author of numerous groundbreaking legal textbooks for paralegals. He was a member of the transition team for then-President-Elect Ronald Reagan. Mr. Statsky holds a master of law degree (LL.M.) in urban affairs as well as a juris doctorate degree (J.D.).

Robert A. Sarachan

Robert A. Sarachan is a Professor and the Director of the Paralegal Program at Tompkins Cortland Community College, which is part of the State University of New York. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Cornell Law School. He has authored accounting textbooks and has taught various accounting, and law courses at Indiana University, IUPUI, Syracuse University and Ithaca College. Mr. Sarachan has a BA from Harpur College (Music, Economics), a BS from Binghamton University (Accounting), an MS from Syracuse University (Accounting), and an MBA and JD (Juris Doctorate) from Indiana University.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Paralegal Profession
1. Overview of New York Paralegals.
2. Paralegal Associations and Related Groups in New York.
3. Sources of CLE for Paralegals.
Appendix A: Paralegals in Court Opinions.
Appendix B. Becoming an Attorney in New York.
Part 2: Paralegal Employment.
1. Resources for Finding Employment in New York.
2. Sample Paralegal Job Descriptions in State Government.
3. Sample Paralegal Job Description in a Federal Agency Located in New York.
4. Pro Bono Opportunities for Paralegals.
5. Becoming a Notary Public.
6. An Employee or an Independent Contractor?.
7. Overtime Pay under Federal Law and State Law.
8. Laid-Off Paralegals and Unemployment Compensation.
9. Injured Paralegals and Workers' Compensation.
Appendix A: Deductibility of the Cost of Paralegal Education or Training.
Part 3: Ethics, Paralegals, and Attorneys.
1. Defining the Practice of Law and the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) in New York.
2. New York Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct (DRPC).
3. Ethical Opinions on Paralegals and other Nonattorneys.
4. New York Bar Associations (including Paralegal Membership Categories).
Appendix A: Timeline: Disciplinary Proceedings against an Attorney.
Part 4: Legal System.
1. Introduction to the State Government of New York.
2. State Courts in New York.
3. Federal Courts in New York.
4. State Legislation: How a Bill Becomes a New York Statute.
5. State Agencies, Offices, and Boards.
6. Counties and Cities: Selected Useful Law-Related Sites.
Part 5: Legal Research and Records Research.
1. New York State Legal Research.
2. Citation Examples: Some Comparisons.
3. Abbreviations in Citations: Some Comparisons.
4. Abbreviations for Notetaking.
5. Research Starters for __ Major New York Topics.
6. Self-Help Resources.
7. Public Records Research.
8. Finding Law Libraries in Your Area.
9. Hotline Resources and Complaint Directories.
Part 6: Procedure: Some Basics.
1. Timeline: A Civil Case in the New York State Courts.
2. Venue, Process, Pleadings, and Discovery: 45 Rules Even Non-Litigation Paralegals Should Know.
3. State and Federal Civil Litigation in New York: Some Comparisons.
4. Timeline: A Criminal Case in the New York State Courts.
Part 7: Sample Documents.
1. Sample Petition Action Filed in a New York State Court.
2. Sample Civil Complaint Filed in a Federal District Court in New York.
3. Sample Legal Memorandum Applying New York Law.
4. Sample Appellate Brief Filed in the New York Court of Appeals.
5. Sample Indictment Filed in a New York State Court.
Part 8: Comprehensive Legal Dictionary.