Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies Program is being heralded for a cutting-edge curriculum that includes training in how paralegals use technology in collecting, sorting and tracking legal documents.
James Fine, a paralegal studies professor who first introduced a course in legal technology at Roosevelt in 2004, has received the Academic Partner of the Year award from Relativity, a major provider of electronic-discovery software.
“We teach our paralegals the basics of what they will be doing at law firms – and that includes familiarity with legal software programs like Relativity,” said Fine.
The Roosevelt professor, who is proficient in nearly a dozen legal software programs, is responsible for infusion of legal technology training throughout the University’s paralegal studies curriculum.
“Roosevelt students are well prepared for jobs in the field thanks to Professor Fine’s efforts, which have helped to distinguish our program as among the most innovative,” said Carrie Lausen, director of Roosevelt’s Paralegal Studies Program.
A standard in most law offices today, Relativity paves the way for lawyers and paralegals to manage a paperless discovery process. Fine introduced the program into his coursework beginning in 2014.
“Jim has been a driving force in bringing our software into the classroom,” said Janice Holman, academic partner program manager for Relativity, which recognized Fine and Roosevelt’s Paralegal Studies Program this fall.
“There is more and more interest in introducing paralegal and law students to technology that is becoming an integral part of the legal process,” said Holman. “Jim is one of the pioneers who has led the way in creating effective curriculum for the classroom.”