Barbara Hass is a Supervising Paralegal with the law firm of Chain | Cohn | Stiles in Bakersfield, California. She began her legal career in 1980 working for civil defense attorneys. Since 1995, she has worked for David Cohn, Managing Senior Partner of Chain | Cohn | Stiles. Barbara is Mr. Cohn’s senior paralegal and supervisor of his multi-million dollar personal injury practice.
Barbara is the creator and author of The California Litigator and Paralegal Junction, websites designed to provide encouragement, education, tips, and a meaningful assortment of legal articles.
Barbara is the owner and creator of Deadline Direct, a downloadable deadline calculating application. Deadline Direct calculates deadlines with a notes field for specific tasks, and syncs the information to Microsoft Outlook as a task, calendar event, or e-mail.
Barbara is an Advanced Certified Paralegal in Discovery, PI-Wrongful Death, and Trial Practices; and a California Advanced Specialist in Civil Litigation through the National Association of Legal Assistants. She has been recognized by her peers as a 2012 Paralegal Gateway Superstar, and the recipient of the 2011 and 2003 Kern County Paralegal of the Year.
Always interested in advancing the paralegal profession and providing educational materials, Barbara has been an adjunct instructor at California State University, Bakersfield teaching personal injury law for the Attorney Assistant Extended Studies Program. She has lectured on different topics on civil litigation and legal ethics.
Her articles have been featured in the California State Bar Association – The Bottom Line; Paralegal Gateway; The Estrin Report; The Organization for Legal Professionals; KNOW: The Magazine for Paralegals; Legaco Express for Paralegals; Litigation Support Careers; California Alliance of Paralegal Associations; Kern County Bar Association; Kern County Paralegal Association; Orange County Paralegal Association; Fresno County Paralegal Association; Orange County Legal Secretaries Association; Women in e-Discovery; Wood & Randall – Connecting and Mentoring; Star Dot Star; Girl Friday Paralegal Blog; Dresher ProParalegal Newsletter, and many other legal publications throughout the United States. Her articles have also been utilized for classroom and educational purposed by California State University, Bakersfield – Attorney Assistant Extended Studies Program; Fortis College Online; and Kaplan University, School of Legal Studies.