2011 Paralegal Studies Grad Uses Research Skills to Help Field Museum

Lee Price at the Field Museum

Lee Price at the Field Museum

Lee Price certainly didn’t enroll in Roosevelt’s paralegal certificate program to connect with Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH). Many years away from her bachelor’s in biology and working in an immigration law office, she was more focused on expanding her career options in the legal field. But then one thing led to another…
During the program Lee discovered that in addition to her love for the natural world, she had a strong interest in Legal Research and Legal Writing.” “I might be a nerd,” she says, “but finding a case on point is a thrill!” Her two interests came together when Lee, a member of the national paralegal honor society LEX, attended the 2011 Roosevelt honors ceremony. She introduced herself to one of the presenters, Julian Kerbis Peterhans, PhD, Professor of Natural Science, and a curator at FMNH. “I’d always wanted to be involved with a natural history museum,” says Lee, “and I thought maybe this was my chance.”
When Professor Kerbis asked Lee what skills she had to contribute to the Field, she was so far away from her biology days she had to think for a minute. Then she remembered Legal Research and the answer became obvious. “I can track down information,” she said.
Today Lee finds information that helps Prof. Kerbis publish his research: she confirms the accuracy of existing reports about the habits of creatures in far-flung places. Just as in legal research, this is a matter of locating sources, and it presents its challenges. “Many of the relevant papers date from the early 1900s and are difficult to find. Others are behind a journal pay wall or under copyright protection,” Lee explains.
To get access to them, she can consult specialized data bases that have some of the older publications digitized; look for scanned copies posted on university course web sites; search the electronic collections of other natural history museums; and look in various other places. As a result, she faces a question every Legal Research student is familiar with: “Where should I begin?” “Sometimes I just start with the title of the article on Google; sometimes I go straight to a data base; and sometimes I do a search through the Field Museum Library’s web site,” says Lee. She notes that just as in Legal Research, key words are crucial. She stresses that there’s no formula: the process is as much an art as a science.
Most of the time Lee finds that a recently-published paper accurately reports the original source. “But sometimes you find conflicting accounts of how an opossum or a rat behaves,” she says. “An expedition to the Belgian Congo in 1913 reports one thing; a more sophisticated study with improved methodology in 1983 another.” Then she drafts a description that includes all relevant previous opinions, another parallel with legal research.
If Lee was surprised to find herself at the Field Museum as a result of the program, she is less so that the certificate has contributed to her career development, as she originally intended. She uses her combined science-legal background to work on immigration cases for researchers who want to come to the U.S. “I am fascinated by what they do and enjoy learning about it,” she says. “I like putting my skills to work for them and for the Field Museum – it’s my own small contribution to science.”


Research shows the cost of not going to college

Inside Higher Ed has reported in “The New Bachelor’s Payoff” that there is a “rising earnings disparity between young adults with and without a college degree.” In fact, the Pew Research Center report shows the difference is at least $15,000 in favor of college graduates. Predictions suggest this disparity will increase in the next few years.

Source: Pew Research Center

Source: Pew Research Center via Inside Higher Ed


Flex-track courses start at Roosevelt in March–contact us at 1-855-830-2721 to enroll and start earning your degree so you can reap the many benefits of having a college education.

Universities experiment with competency programs

Inside Higher Ed reported today that several universities plan to experiment with creating competency-based programs, which often attract adult students because they are designed to allow students to move through the program quickly as they demonstrate what they already know and then spend time mastering the skills they still need. Some of the universities also plan to include prior-learning assessment, which involves earning credit for experience gained via work, volunteerism, and other activities.

Roosevelt University currently uses LearningCounts.org via the course CAEL 100 to help assess students’ prior learning for credit. Visit the website to see if your experience might be worth college credit.


Paralegal Studies Program Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Roosevelt University Paralegal Studies Program
is hosting a 40th Anniversary Reception and Award Ceremony

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Reception: 6 – 7 p.m.

Roosevelt University
425 S. Wabash Avenue, Room 1315


In recognition of our program’s 40th anniversary, the Hon. Abishi C. Cunningham Jr. (Ret.), Public Defender will receive the Roosevelt University Social Justice in the Legal Profession Award.

Please join us for wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversation
as we celebrate. Meet, greet and mingle with old friends and our current faculty and staff.

For more information, please contact Yvette Garcia,

Roosevelt University Hosts University Partners Day

Roosevelt University will host University Partners Day for high school and community college counselors on Friday, Dec. 6 in Chicago. From 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., you can learn more about Roosevelt, talk with faculty and students, take a tour, and enjoy lunch on us.

This is an excellent time for our partners in the community to learn more about our programs as department and program chairs will be available to discuss ways we can help your students succeed.

Learn more about University Partners Day and register to attend.


New Sales Course Starts January 2011

A new Sales course entitled Persuasion and Presentation Skills (SLS 325) will be offered this spring semester, which starts in only 3+ weeks (Jan 24th). The course will be taught by Phil Procida, formerly a Vice President of International Operations at Automotive Resources International (ARI) before he began his second career in teaching. The intriguing description for the new course is here:

Learn how to communicate with the listener in mind and develop the confidence to deliver any type of a selling presentation to one or more individuals, in a sales proposal, interview, or personal sales situation.  Supplementing a listener-focus approach, students will work on creative writing and proposal skills, along with developing and implementing effective oral presentations. Learn to recognize where the buyer is in the decision-making process when making a presentation and tailor the presentation to both the needs of customers and to the criteria customers use to make their decisions. The material covered in this course will be relevant to you, regardless of your career objectives, as good selling skills are needed in just about all employment settings, and everyday personal activities. The ability to sell one’s self, one’s abilities, goals, and ideas are also essential to personal and career success.

If you are interested in learning more about the course, contact Professor Procida. If you want to enroll, contact your advisor or Jennifer Sherlock at the College of Professional Studies.

Interview with a Salesman (and Professor)

This fall, Phil Procida will be teaching the introductory course entitled “Prospecting and Buyer Types” in the new PLS major in Sales. Recently Procida answered some questions for our blog.

Phil Procida is the new Sales instructor at RU

You are teaching the introductory course in the new Sales major.  What’s your background in sales and business?  What do you bring to the classroom from your professional experience?

I was fortunate to work for a company who apparently had the capacity to recognize talent and after working for a degree in accounting at college, I found business accounting boring when I had to do it on a daily basis.  As new jobs were posted I applied for entry level positions in operations, then sales/service, and then finally sales.  My sales career started in New York City and after a few years was signing more business than all the other sales people in a very tough market.

This sales position escalated me over the years, combined with a few moves, to the senior position as V.P. of Sales.   After a few years I was asked if I would spearhead taking our company global, finishing my career after 45 years with this company as corporate V.P. of International Operations, and division President for the global organization, which was number one in the world when I retired.

I believe I can bring to the students the ability to understand, in real life situations, how applying sound sales principals can improve their life and ability to sell themselves in any type of a sales environment.

As you mentioned, the world is also a much “smaller” place now.  How has the sales industry changed as we’ve moved to a global economy?

As we moved into a global environment, in order to compete effectively, the sales industry had to stay focused on who is the customer and adjust their focus to meet these new and existing customer needs.  Though it sounds easy, the process is rather complex involving many different alternatives to achieve desired results.  These alternatives can involve any mixture of retraining, rehiring, moving facilities, adding facilities, partnerships, joint ventures, alliances, and of course R.O.I. always remains paramount.

The US economy has changed greatly in the last decade.  How do you change your sales strategies in a weaker economy?  What factors are significant?

Sound and ethical sales principals never change, regardless of the economy.   To be effective for a long-term relationship, there must always be some form of a “win-win” environment.  As long as the sales representative has the luxury to keep the needs of their company and of their customer in balance they and their company will always do well in strong and weak economies.

Can people who don’t consider themselves good sales people LEARN to sell something?

YES!  I guess I am the perfect example to prove the point.  Moving into a career of solitude hiding behind volumes of ledgers, journals, and accounting functions, I found that introverts, can also sell effectively.  However, you will have to take my course to learn the secrets.

If you are interested in learning more about Procida’s sales strategies or for more information on any other of our courses, please visit the Sales website, call 1-877-277-5978 (I 877-APPLY RU), or email applyRU@roosevelt.edu.