Paralegal Voice

What Attorneys Wish Their Paralegals Knew – and Vice-Versa

 

On this edition of The Paralegal Voice, co-hosts Lynne DeVenny and Vicki Voisin welcome Kim Walker, a senior litigation paralegal with the firm of Berger & Montague, P.C. in Philadelphia, to talk about her recent Law.com article, “What Do Attorneys Wish Their Paralegals Knew?” Lynne, Vicki and Kim discuss how paralegals can improve their legal technology skills, maintain the highest level of professionalism in the office, and communicate more effectively with their supervising attorneys. They also share what they wish attorneys knew, emphasizing how attorneys can better utilize paralegals in the practice of law.

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  • Deja Weber

    I’m an attorney who was asked to speak at our local paralegal association meeting, and I had no idea what would fit with the broader group. I know family law, a smattering of criminal law, but not much about paralegal work. I decided to start with learning more about what paralegals wish we lawyers knew. I’m so glad I started here. I’m sending all the paras this way when I speak to them, and letting them know that opening the dialogue is an important first step. I have had good matches and bad ones. I have an aunt who has been a para for 25 + years, and for the first time, she was working with a lawyer who made her want to quit. There is so much to learn, but it all comes back to the basics – do what you enjoy. Life is too short to get stuck doing something – or working for someone who drives you crazy. I’m not saying, just walk away – see what can be done to make it better. If that doesn’t work, consider your other options.