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.”

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Paralegal Studies Program Alumni Group invites you to a presentation of – RU LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is an online social network that is designed for business professionals. It is widely used by legal employers to find job candidates. Please join us for a presentation on how to create your profile and how to use LinkedIn to maximize your job search efforts. Professional networking through LinkedIn and recommendations for using other social media in your job search will also be discussed.

Our presenter will be Cheryl Kettler. Ms. Kettler has been a member of the Paralegal Studies Program faculty since 2003 where she teaches Commercial Law and Legal Writing. She is also a National Partner Specialist, for AbstoneLalley, Inc.

The presentation is being held twice. Attend on the day and time that is most convenient for you:

Monday, April 13, 2015
Roosevelt University Gage Building
18 South Michigan , Room 700
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Roosevelt University Wabash Building
425 S. Wabash, Room 1111
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Register by calling (312) 281-3186 or send an email to
Kay Levoy at klevoy@roosevelt.edu

Paralegal Alumni Group Graduate Panel

The Roosevelt University Paralegal Alumni Group
invites you to start your new year off with an opportunity to energize your career!

Please join us for a Panel Discussion with
Paralegal Program Graduates

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Roosevelt University Gage Building Campus
18 S. Michigan Avenue
Third Floor Commons

We will hear from graduates who hold a variety of positions in the legal field and have varying years of experience. They will be sharing their own career success stories and offering advice for anyone looking for a job in the legal field.

This will be the first in a series of career related presentations offering advice for paralegal program graduates and current students. The following topics will be covered throughout the year:

• Resume and Cover Letters
• Interviewing
• Using Social Media in your Job Search and Professional Life
• Dress for Success/Professionalism in the Workplace

Please invite your fellow Roosevelt alumni to come!
Please sign up by clicking on the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-roosevelt-university-paralegal-alumni-group-february-meeting-tickets-10209459769
For questions, contact alum@roosevelt.edu

Paralegal and Beyond: Careers in the Legal Profession

On Thursday, November 18th, please plan to attend a panel sharing multiple career paths for paralegal students. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Lewis Nixon (also a Roosevelt University instructor) will moderate the panel, which includes Associate Judge Edward Prochaska, James Fisher, and Lauren Thatcher. (Paralegal and Beyond pdf).

For information or to RSVP, email Carrie Lausen or phone 312.281.3190.

Black Graduate Student Association Annual Business Panel

The Roosevelt University Black Graduate Student Association is hosting its Annual Business Panel on Thursday, April 8th, 2010 in the Gage Gallery, from 6-8pm. Local professionals will be available for discussion and networking. Open to all students.

Roosevelt University’s Career and Internship Fair

The Office of Career Services is hosting a Career and Internship Fair on March 4th. There will be representatives from a  wide variety of organizations so bring your resumes and dress professionally! This is a FREE event for all Roosevelt students and alumni so take advantage!!  The fair will be  held at our Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave, in Chicago from 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. If you need more info you can contact the Office of Career Services at careersdt@roosevelt.edu or at 312-341-3560.