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Kelly LaGrave, ACP

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Vicki Voisin

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Every 2 years, the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) conducts a survey of paralegals to establish current trends in the paralegal industry. Among those surveyed are NALA members, non-members, and members of affiliated organizations. Topics include the duties and responsibilities of paralegals, where they work, common practice areas, and the changes in billing rates and compensation. What is the meaning of survey results and how should paralegals use this information to improve their practice?

In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews NALA President Kelly LaGrave, ACP about the results of the 2015 NALA Utilization and Compensation Survey, ways in which paralegals achieve professional growth, and the importance of certification to a paralegal career. LaGrave talks about the trends in the paralegal industry according to the survey, including more paralegals working in corporate legal departments, banks, government entities, the medical field, as well as private law firms. Popular practice areas, she says, include litigation, corporate law, real estate, administrative law, trust and estates, and increasingly commercial law. In order to keep up with trends, she explains, continuing education in unfamiliar areas and certifications are valuable to all paralegals. Voisin and LaGrave then discuss what it means to be certified, how to choose a qualified certification program, and ways to promote certification when looking for a job or promotion.

Kelly LaGrave, ACP joined Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC in Lansing, Michigan in 1993. She is a member of their business and corporate practice group. A successful passionate paralegal, LaGrave works in a wide variety of matters such as mergers and acquisitions, entity selection, and organizational planning for profit and nonprofit corporate planning and tax-exempt applications, loan transactions, real estate transactions, insurance regulations, and intellectual property. The current president of the National Association of Legal Assistants, she has served in many NALA leadership positions throughout the organization. She most enjoys helping develop and deliver training to other paralegals.

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Published: March 3, 2015
Podcast: Paralegal Voice
Category: Best Legal Practices
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