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Paralegal Voice

The Paralegal Voice covers the latest issues and trends in the world of paralegals and legal assistants. Started by Vicki Voisin, The Paralegal Mentor and now hosted by Carl Morrison, Devoted to Law, and Jill I. Francisco, the Passionate Paralegal. The award winning show invites leading paralegals and legal professionals to discuss a range of topics from career tips and tactics to writing skills and hiring trends. The Paralegal Voice is a comprehensive educational resource for paralegals and all legal professionals at any level of experience.

Sep 28, 2018

NALS 67th Annual Education and Networking Conference

The magic of paralegal conferences is that you can learn new things about your profession and make connections that you couldn’t have otherwise, all while actually having fun. In this episode of...

Aug 31, 2018

Getting the Most out of Networking at Paralegal Conferences

Linda McGrath-Cruz talks about how to get the most out of paralegal conference networking.

Jul 31, 2018

The Important Role of a Trial Consultant

April Ferguson explains trial consultants and why they are important roles to play in the courtroom.

Jun 29, 2018

Paralegal Grab Bag: Tips, Trends, and Predictions

Carl Morrison gives his management tips and tricks, current association trends, and his predictions for the future of the paralegal profession.

May 31, 2018

Paralegals in Pop Culture (Rebroadcast)

Lisa Stone talks about paralegal representation in pop culture, whether it’s accurate, and where it could improve.

Apr 30, 2018

Paralegal Leadership Skills

Lisa Vessels tells all about leadership skills as a paralegal and gives tips on how to improve these skills to the future.

Mar 30, 2018

Transitioning from a Law Firm to Government

Andrea Grabow talks about her experience as a government employee, what law firm knowledge has prepared her for her current position, and the challenges she faced transitioning from law firm to government....

Feb 16, 2018

Recap and Update: What are LLLTs and How will they Improve Access to Justice?

Patrick Palace talks about what LLLTs are and how they provide access to justice in a unique and powerful way.

Jan 29, 2018

Why Education is Vital for Paralegals

Lisa Myers discusses her experience as a paralegal educator and why it’s vital for aspiring paralegals to obtain a solid educational foundation.

Nov 29, 2017

How Pro Bono Work Improves Your Career

Conni Herbert discusses why paralegals should be investing their time in pro bono work and the importance of finding pro bono activities that empassion you.

Aug 2, 2017

A Bittersweet Goodbye to Vicki Voisin

In this bittersweet episode of the Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin hands the hosting reigns over to Carl Morrison.

Jun 27, 2017

The Life of a Litigation Paralegal

Tracy Mosz talks about her experience as a litigation paralegal including handling the stress and maintaining all the necessary documents.

Apr 28, 2017

Become a Paralegal: How to Choose a School and Get Experience

Julia Dunlap, president of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), talks about paralegal education

Mar 23, 2017

Networking for Lawyers Doesn’t have to be Hard

In this podcast, why networking is so important for lawyers and what they can do to improve their professional social skills.

Feb 21, 2017

30 Tips to Enhance Your Paralegal Career

Vicki Voisin defines what it means to have a successful paralegal career and gives 30 tips on how to live out your calling.

Jan 26, 2017

Time is the New Green: Tips and Tools to Optimize Your Life

In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, host Vicki Voisin talks to Adam Camras, CEO of Lawgical, about managing your law firm’s time effectively with apps and technology.

Dec 22, 2016

Public Speaking Tips, Tricks, and Leadership Opportunities

This podcast episode is about tips and tricks for public speaking.

Oct 26, 2016

The Importance of Legal Project Management

Certified Paralegal Alicia Mercer talks about why having a project manager is beneficial to the health and well being of any law firm.

Sep 8, 2016

The Future of the Paralegal Profession

NALA President Cassandra Oliver talks about the organization and the significance of paralegal certification.

Aug 8, 2016

Advice to Help Lawyers and Law Firms Go Paperless

Vicki Voisin talks with the State Bar of Michigan practice management advisor JoAnn Hathaway about her tips to help law firms go paperless.

May 6, 2016

The Limited License Legal Technicians Program

What is the LLLT program and what does this license provide to low income communities and the law firms that serve them.

Mar 15, 2016

What Paralegals Need to Know About Going Paperless

Going paperless seems to be one of the top new trends among law firms due to cheaper and better hardware and software, refined processes, and effective consulting. And it is especially important...

Feb 11, 2016

Social Media in Nonprofit Organizations: Benefits and Legal Restrictions

Similarly to most organizations and companies, social media can be very beneficial for nonprofits. They use Facebook, Twitter, and similar platforms as tools for communication, networking, and engagement with their audiences. Social...

Jan 12, 2016

Like or UnLike: #EService of Process Through Social Media

It’s not always easy to serve process on individuals. This is especially true if they move around a lot or are otherwise difficult to find. So what do you do when traditional...

Nov 19, 2015

Windows 10 Update: Benefits, Compatibility Issues, and Default Settings

The new Windows 10 has received a lot of attention, partly due to the lack of popularity of Windows 8, but legal professionals are notoriously conservative with adopting new technology. Since paralegals...

Oct 13, 2015

How to Properly Use Social Media in Your Law Firm

Lawyers and paralegals are likely using social media in law firm marketing and are most likely on social media in their personal lives. As such, they should understand how Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter,...

Sep 23, 2015

Research and Writing Your Way to a Better Paralegal Career

The National Association of Legal Assistants 40th Annual Convention featured a three-day Essential Skills Institute for paralegals. The institute focused on effective legal research, written communication, and judgement and legal analysis. Any...

Aug 19, 2015

Tips and Tricks for Your Annual Performance Review

Most paralegals have an annual review with their employer, and many dread the day it arrives. But this meeting can be useful and informative. During your annual review, you can receive praise...

Jul 29, 2015

Technology Competence for Paralegals and Lawyers

As paralegals (or any legal professional really), it is difficult to keep up with technology trends, firm software, or even client data security. Listeners of The Paralegal Voice are likely ahead of...

Jun 24, 2015

How To Manage Emails for an Efficient Workflow

As paralegals, we are known multitaskers, often confronting many tasks at once. While multitasking seems like a process of getting more done, it often results in distraction and inefficiency. And while it...

May 21, 2015

Legal Staffing Agencies and Your Paralegal Job Search

New paralegal graduates often lack sufficient experience when they encounter job opportunities. Even seasoned paralegals have a hard time standing out from the crowd when applying for positions with thousands of applicants....

Apr 29, 2015

The Legal History of LGBT Community Rights and Coping with Discrimination

The legal history of rights against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people is changing rapidly. In April 2015, 38 states and Washington, D.C. granted legal benefits of marriage to same-sex...

Mar 3, 2015

Results of the 2015 NALA Utilization and Compensation Survey for Paralegals

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...

Feb 10, 2015

Paralegal Education and Landing a Job

Many paralegals have problems getting a job with no experience but can’t get experience without having a job. This is one of the worst paradoxes in the field. Paralegal education programs have...

Jan 13, 2015

Why Writing Skills are Necessary for Paralegals

Paralegals and paralegal students often have difficulty developing their writing skills to the level expected from legal industry. The legal professionals rely heavily on both verbal and written communication, and writing is...

Dec 10, 2014

Revitalize Your Paralegal Career

Although being a paralegal is a rewarding job, sometimes paralegals experience burnout in their careers and consider changing positions or leaving the profession altogether. There are many ways to revitalize your paralegal...

Nov 12, 2014

A Day in the Life of a Senior Paralegal

Marilyn Wass ACP, CAS is the Senior Paralegal at Lopez McHugh, LLP, a nationally recognized plaintiffs law firm that takes on pharmaceutical companies, nursing homes, insurance companies, auto manufacturers, and the manufacturers...

Oct 8, 2014

The Paralegal’s Role in a Family Law Practice

Family law and divorce can be a very difficult practice due to the amount of emotion and transition surrounding the client’s life. The lawyers practicing in this area are directly responsible for...

Sep 9, 2014

Legal Writing Strategies for Today’s Busy Reader

The majority of people today are getting their information electronically, whether on a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone. In the legal world, this means lawyers, paralegals, clients, and even judges are reading...

Jul 30, 2014

What Paralegals Need to Know About Information Governance, Social Media, and Data Security

Technology has changed the world of law firms and businesses, affecting the way lawyers are required to retrieve, record, and archive information. Instead of communicating entirely by email or phone, professionals are...

Jun 27, 2014

Attorney L. Lin Wood on Representing the Ramseys and Other High-Profile Individuals

John and Patsy Ramsey, Richard Jewell, and Gary Condit are names everyone has heard as they were all on trial in the court of public opinion. These cases were spread throughout the...

Apr 18, 2014

Paralegals: What If Your Client Claims Innocence?

Despite US notions of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, many innocent people have been sent to prison for lengthy to life sentences. Common reasons for these wrongful convictions are...

Mar 10, 2014

The Limited License Legal Technician: Washington State’s Paralegal Law Practice

In reaction to rising legal costs and decreased access to legal services, Washington State has authorized paralegals to practice law on a limited basis through its new Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT)...

Feb 11, 2014

How to Manage Your Paralegal Career in Today’s Economy

Today’s economy can be challenging for paralegals. Make sure you’re taking the right steps to advance your career. On this episode of the Paralegal Voice, host Vicki Voisin interviews future President of...

Dec 31, 2013

Public Speaking: Conquer Your Fears, Deliver Your Message, and Change Lives

“Say something to make them put down their salad fork,” public speaking coach Deb Sofield said. The window of opportunity to engage an audience is small, and your introduction is a key...

Dec 5, 2013

The Soft Skills Every Paralegal Needs

Hard skills can be taught in school – things like speaking a foreign language, earning a degree or certificate, or the ability to type efficiently. Soft skills are more complicated to master....

Nov 8, 2013

How to Unearth Your Worth: Chat with a Career Transformation Coach

After 15 years working in different offices and positions, Lori Howard decided she was burnt out and her career needed a major fix. She discovered her passion is career transformation – helping...

Sep 20, 2013

Top Apps for Paralegals

On this edition of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin invites Kathy Miller, ACP, CAS and Karen Trumpower, ACP to discuss legal apps for paralegals. Miller and Trumpower presented 90 Apps in 90 Minutes at...

Aug 26, 2013

Paralegal Proofreading Tips

In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Paralegal Mentor Vicki Voisin chats with Kathy Sieckman about the importance of proofreading and specific proofreading tips for paralegals. Kathy Albrecht Sieckman, PLS, PP, ACP...

Jul 19, 2013

Paralegal Writing Skills

Fine tuned writing skills are pivotal to a firm’s success. They affect first impressions through websites, newsletters, client leads, emails or network listings, client representation, legal write ups, and the list goes...

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Carl Morrison

Carl H. Morrison, ACP, RP, PP, AACP, is an experienced certified paralegal and paralegal manager and has...

Jill Francisco

Jill I. Francisco, ACP, received her BA in Criminal Justice, (concentration in Legal Studies), from Marshall University...

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