A Career in Biometrics, No Specialized Degree Required

by Laura McPherson on January 13, 2014

fingerprintBiometrics is no longer only the realm of forensic technicians and science fiction. Advancing technology, including phones that permit users to lock and unlock their media devices using a fingerprint, has made biometrics increasingly more mainstream.

Beyond media devices, biometrics allows governments and corporations to enhance and extend security measures, and is even being utilized in targeted marketing. The increasing utility of biometrics as technology catches up to practices that were previously the domain of thought experiments has meant an expansion in job opportunities in the field of criminal justice and beyond. Read the full article –>

We recently had the chance to talk to John C. Goudie, the president of the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin. In this interview we discussed some of the activities involved in working as a litigation paralegal, the paralegal job market, and advice for getting started in the paralegal field.

john goudie paralegalCan you describe your career path to your current position?

I started my career in 1987 working for a small personal injury firm. I was hired primarily because I had a medical background and could read and interpret medical records. Prior to the days of HIPAA, you could go to a hospital and review medical charts without an authorization. My attorney would have me review the records of prospective clients to determine whether we were interested in handling the injury claim. While with that firm I began assisting the attorney who did the Workers Compensation cases. When she left, I went through the process of becoming licensed to appear before the Workers Compensation Division and then continued to represent injured workers with that firm for the next 14 years. When I left that firm, I worked for the staff counsel office in liability and injury insurance defense for approximately three years, then went back to a plaintiff’s firm and worked in the area of nursing home negligence and abuse for approximately three years. I then went to work for a health insurer in the area of Privacy and Regulatory Compliance, working as the paralegal for the group that would work with development projects for compliance with privacy and regulatory issues, as well as working on investigations dealing with foreign assets issues. My present position in health care law and corporate compliance is a composite of skills and experience obtained in all of the above. Read the full article –>

Interview with Kristine M. Custodio, President of the San Diego Paralegal Association

May 8, 2012

We recently had the great opportunity to interview Kristine M. Custodio, the current president of the San Diego Paralegal Association. We discussed what it is like to work as a litigation paralegal, advice for getting started in the paralegal field, and the job market in San Diego for paralegals. Can you tell us why you […]

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Interview with Karen R. George, President of the South Florida Paralegal Association

April 18, 2012

We were very fortunate to have an opportunity to interview the President of the South Florida Paralegal Association, Karen R. George, FRP. She shared some great insights into her work, interesting cases she has worked on, and advice for getting hired in the paralegal field. Can you describe how you got started in the paralegal […]

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Interview with Retired Police Chief and Author David Couper

February 15, 2012

We had the great opportunity to interview David Couper who was formerly the Madison Wisconsin Chief of Police and has recently written his first book titled Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption, and the Seven Necessary Steps to Improve Our Nation’s Police. We discussed his career progression to chief of […]

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Interview with Barbara Liss, President of the Santa Barbara Paralegal Association

February 4, 2012

We recently interviewed Barbara Liss, the president of the Santa Barbara Paralegal Association. She shared some great insights into the variety of tasks that a paralegal career may involve, what it is like to work on a trial, and advice for new paralegals looking for their first position. How did you get started in the […]

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Interview with Mariana Fradman, New York Real Estate Paralegal

January 3, 2012

We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Mariana Fradman who is the President of the New York City Paralegal Association Inc. and an accomplished real estate paralegal who also holds a master’s in business administration. We discussed what it was like to become a paralegal after immigrating from Ukraine, what her job […]

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Interview with Personal Injury Paralegal Jamie Collins, Founder of The Paralegal Society

December 3, 2011

Jamie Collins generously agreed to participate in a paralegal career interview with us to share her experiences working as a paralegal at a personal injury law firm and her advice for being successful in this field. Jamie Collins is a litigation paralegal in Indiana with 14 years of experience and writes a column for the […]

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The High Cost of Drunk Driving Infographic

October 13, 2011

Infographic by Criminal Justice Degree Schools Add this infographic to your site: Infographic by Criminal Justice Degree Schools Last updated on October 13, 2011.

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Advice For Reaching A Leadership Position in Law Enforcement: Interview with Deputy Chief of Police Glenn Hoff

September 4, 2011

We had the great opportunity to speak with retired Deputy Chief Glenn Hoff from the Rochester Police Department in New York. Glenn is the founder of the law enforcement leadership website, Guardian Leadership, which provides an excellent resource for law enforcement professionals who are interested in career development and effective leadership skills. 1. Can you […]

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