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The Paralegal Boot Camp’s 21-Day Fitness Challenge

Let’s have some fun this month!

I’m starting a 21-Day “Most Distance” challenge this month, starting on May 11, 2018.  It’s going to be our first ever Paralegal Boot Camp Fitness Challenge.

Run.  Bike.  Walk.  Hike.  Stroll.  Beach Walk.  Anything that gets you outside this month and puts some “distance” on those feet.

I thought it would fun […]

By |April 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Increasing Paralegal Productivity for a Better Work/Life Balance

Increasing Paralegal Productivity for a Better Work/Life Balance – by Ann Pearson

I have become somewhat obsessed with increasing my own productivity over the last 8 years that I’ve been in business for myself.  It got me thinking, I wish I had known about some of these things back when I was a paralegal.  Now I […]

By |April 24th, 2018|Paralegal Productivity, Paralegal Tips|

3 Ways Business Etiquette Can Help Legal Professionals Win at Work

A Not-So-Serious Business Etiquette Quiz – by Stayce Wagner

You glance at the clock on your computer. It’s 2 p.m., and you’re scheduled to leave the office at 4 p.m. so that you can attend the concert of your dreams. You have a box seat and an impossible-to-get VIP backstage pass. Your phone rings and […]

By |September 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Technology and the Future of the Paralegal Profession: Don’t be Just a Button Pusher

Reprinted with permission from Paralegal Today.    

There is no doubt that technology is changing the paralegal profession. Gone are the days when a paralegal sifts through dozens of books to find that key case to cite in a brief. We no longer fight traffic on the way to the clerk’s office for that last-minute […]

By |May 30th, 2017|Paralegal Tips, Technology|

7 C’s of Paralegal Communication Skills

Having excellent communication skills is critical in the paralegal profession.  Much of a paralegal’s day is spent communicating in writing or verbally. A paralegal’s day is filled with drafting motions, writing summaries of depositions, discussing the project status with an attorney, corresponding by email, telephone calls to clients and vendors, taking notes or writing memos […]

By |February 1st, 2017|Paralegal Tips|
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The Paralegal Interview: 5 Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer

There are 5 questions that you should be prepared to answer in your paralegal interview.  But how do actually prepare for an interview when you cannot know exactly what is going to be asked of you and by whom? There are a standard set of questions that you are likely to be asked no matter […]

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Keeping Your Paralegal Skills Sharp & Marketable

Even if you are already employed at a firm you love, you will still want to keep yourself marketable.
By |October 9th, 2016|Paralegal Job Search Tips, Paralegal Tips|

How to Be a Proactive Paralegal

Many years ago, I had an attorney write a comment on my performance review that has stuck with me for over 15 years: Ann knows what I need before I even know that I need it. This attorney thought I could read his mind.  Telepathic powers would be great to have as a paralegal.  It wasn’t […]

By |October 6th, 2016|Paralegal Tips|
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Getting Your First Paralegal Job

Finding your first job as a paralegal can be difficult. When compared to paralegals that have been in the industry for decades, you might not think that you have the experience or the skills to compete.
By |October 5th, 2016|Paralegal Job Search Tips, Paralegal Tips|
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How E-Discovery Has Changed The Role Of The Litigation Paralegal

In the past, any and all discovery would come to a litigation paralegal in physical form. It would arrive in piles of boxes (or truckloads full of boxes). The paralegal would then have to spend hours, days or even weeks sifting through all of that paper. Those colored post-its were a paralegal’s best friend! While some law […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Paralegal Tips|