Host of Paralegal Voice
Jill I. Francisco, ACP, received her BA in Criminal Justice, (concentration in Legal Studies), from Marshall University in 1994. She became a certified paralegal in 2005 and obtained two advanced certifications (trial practice and discovery) in 2010. Mrs. Francisco is employed as a paralegal with Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, in their Huntington, West Virginia office. She previously worked as a paralegal at Huddleston Bolen LLP, 1997 through January of 2015 when they merged with Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP.
She is very active in local and national professional associations within her profession. She was Charter President of the Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia and has served as a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Professional Development Committee, NALA’s Affiliated Associations Secretary, Affiliated Associations Director, NALA’s Treasurer, Secretary, Second Vice President, Vice President, and was the President of NALA 2018-2020.
She is an adjunct professor at Mount West Community & Technical College in Huntington, WV, in their Paralegal Studies Program. She also serves on the ABA Approval Commission and the Marshall University Big Green Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees. She is also host of The Paralegal Voice podcast on the Legal Talk Network. She resides in Kenova, West Virginia with her husband, Shawn and their son, John David.
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Guest Bobby T. Rimas is a man in motion. Hear how he has used professional organizations, networking, formal classwork, and teaching to stay ahead.
Alicia Mitchell-Mercer breaks down modern legal project management by applying the Agile philosophy and Scrum management techniques.
Guest Tony Sipp, paralegal manager, predicts 2022 will be a great year for paralegals to break into the profession or move up.
Paralegals, you have even more to offer. Explore opportunities in writing and presenting for peers and advising and teaching the next generation.
It’s back to school time. That means for paralegals, too. New software, new online processes, new ways of doing things.
Given how fast the paralegal field is growing, it’s no wonder NALA expects record meeting attendance. CEO Vanessa Finley offers a preview.
Educator and trainer Amy Johnson shows how simple changes in work habits can save time, increase productivity, and add value to a legal team.
Partner Marc Williams recaps the rapid litigation transition from in-person to virtual and what he expects will be the new normal.
Lawyer Brian Moore details evolving regulatory changes that impact employers and workers as the pandemic rages and vaccines hit the market.
Creating a diverse and inclusive culture requires action. Jill Francisco explores big and small ways to support diversity in the workplace.
Carl Morrison, Jill Francisco, and Brian Moore discuss the exciting experience in store at NALA’s virtual conference.
In this brief announcement, host Jill Francisco shares some of the details about NALA’s first virtual conference.
Jillian Kuehl outlines how the recruitment process works and how to find the right recruiter for your needs.
Debbie Hrytzay offers remote work tips for paralegals.
Kristine Custodio Suero shares career development insights for paralegals.
Vanessa Finley gives insights on NALA’s offerings for members and plans for 2020.
New Paralegal Voice co-host Jill Francisco talks with Chris Jennison about potential changes to the ABA’s legal assistant/paralegal definition and new guidelines that would approve online paralegal coursework.
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