What Does A Paralegal Do At Trial (Series)
Most paralegals never get the chance to go inside a courtroom. That fact may be lost on most of the legal population. Approximately half of the paralegals in the Civil Litigation job category of the National Association of Legal Assistants 2012 Job Analysis Study listed Trial and Pretrial work as important in their day-to-day activities. That could be because their cases never go to trial, or because the attorney may not realize how helpful a paralegal can be during pre-trial and trial. Preparation is key, but trial is the ultimate goal.
Significant change is underway in the legal industry. Technology is revolutionizing legal processes, court functions, and how many attorneys and firms work and manage cases. Judge and client expectations are evolving with new technologies too. Now is the time for paralegals to adapt to a rapidly changing legal market, not only to do their best in their current positions, but potentially expand their career.
September is almost here and the new school year is upon us. Although kids are the ones going back to class, attorneys and paralegals could use a curriculum refresher too. Lessons learned in kindergarten are often forgotten, but are proven to be fundamental to the building blocks of success in life and business. Legal professionals would do well to remember those early lessons.
Born and raised in the small town of Graham, just ninety miles outside of Fort Worth, I was deep in the heart of Texas. Springs filled with bluebonnets, falls filled with football – it was home. Our claim to fame was America’s Largest Town Square. Located in that square was the Young County courthouse – where I began learning about the intricate workings of the civil litigation process.
This article was originally published by Debra Bruce at Raising the Bar Law Practice Management Thoughts and Tips on December 13, 2011. Debra is President of Lawyer-Coach LLC. She draws on her extensive legal experience, as well as a degree in Psychology and well over 500 hours in training as a professional coach, to help lawyers improve their management skills, increase productivity and bring in more business.
The season is upon us! You know — the season of fa-la-la-la-la, holiday decorations, greeting cards, family parties, gift buying, travel plans, winter snow storms, and year-end business. The list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on….too much to do and not enough time. If you make it to January 1, then your knee deep in a different set of tasks headed into tax season.
Online social media friends and followers represent part of my professional network. For those of us doing business virtually, social media contacts are a major part of that professional network. Do you realize that social media contacts can help or hinder online reputation and credibility?
Today’s guest post contains great tips for paralegal job security. I know these tips are valid because I have personally experienced the rewards of applying these practices. I might add that they apply to traditional paralegals, freelance paralegals and virtual paralegals.
Thanks, Seth, for reminding paralegals of these important facts!