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.
And What, So What, Now What? An NFL Star And The Power Of Positive Thinking.
In a very special, and very personal, episode host Jill Francisco is joined by her good friend, NFL star and Super Bowl champion Vinny Curry of the New York Jets. The power of positive thinking.
Paralegal work is stressful and at times emotional. There are deadlines, complicated problems, and even difficult people and situations. It’s OK to feel frustrated, sad, even angry. But as Curry explains, the key is to acknowledge those feelings and work through them with the help of the positive, supportive people you surround yourself with.
Curry was a standout college player and enjoys a productive, rewarding career at the highest level of the most popular league in the country. But even a star goes through rough patches. Hear how Curry faced down a scary health issue that threatened his career by thinking positively.
The paralegal profession takes a special kind of person. Take a moment to step back and recognize your contributions, abilities, and expertise. Feel good about yourself and your work. Take a breath, get some rest, and be thankful a 300-pound lineman isn’t going to try to knock you to the ground on your next trip to the copier.
Be sure to visit Curry’s foundation,Rush2Victory, dedicated to helping economically challenged students through motivation, mentorship, and empowerment.
Contract AI, The Game Changer for Corporate Paralegals
Guest Memme Onwudiwe was a speaker at July’s NALA 2022 Conference & Expo delivering a presentation titled “Corporate Paralegals in the Age of Contract AI.” It’s an exciting topic as the role of corporate paralegals shifts from generating contracts to overseeing, managing, and validating contract data.
This doesn’t mean corporate paralegals will lose their jobs, instead Onwudiwe expects they’ll be more valuable than ever, applying their expertise more productively. Imagine, no more "fire drills” when someone needs a specific data point buried deep inside complex language.
Automated content extraction is only one use. Consider automated reviews, language management, and datapoint classification, freeing paralegals to apply their expertise to the highest-level tasks. Imagine legal turning the corporate library of contracts and all that information into tools that help the bottom line, prioritizing customers during supply chain snarls or spotting opportunities to boost profit. With AI, legal turns from a cost center to a revenue center.
Hear how to integrate AI into your workspace and how to avoid missteps. For corporate paralegal professionals, this changes everything.
Mentioned in This Episode:
2022 NALA Conference & Expo
Article, “Finding New Pathways in your Legal Operations Career”
Incoming President NALA President Talks NALA Conference 2022
Guest Debbie L. Overstreet, the incoming NALA president, gives an overview of the upcoming NALA conference – a return to the in-person gathering after two years of virtual, but with a remote option as well. Plus, the state of the job market for paralegal professionals and the role of the paralegal in government organizations.
Now is a great time to be in the paralegal field. Jobs abound, and the field is transforming with new options for flexibility, including working from home. But every new step requires a willingness to embrace change. The field is never going back.
What’s new for NALA? Overstreet vows to continue national outreach to affiliates, working with colleges to supporting students, and looks for NALA to reach out to government-affiliated paralegal professionals who need national support in a niche that can get lost.
Don’t miss the upcoming conference, chances to network, meet vendors, and earn continuing education credits. Hot topics include the legal side of social media, modern policing, climate change, ethics, and motions in limine.
Mentioned on this Episode:
2022 NALA Conference & Expo
NALA Keynote Speaker Melissa Zabor
Q&A With NALA Board, 2022, Including Debbie Overstreet
U.S. Department of Justice careers
Oklahoma Northern District Bankruptcy Court (each District has own website)
Army Civilian Service
Defender Services Office Training Division
Federal Government Jobs
A Solution for Firms Seeking Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
When it comes to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), our guests believe legal organizations want to do what’s best. But they don’t know where to start, or even have the data tools to point out shortcomings. The issue can seem so overwhelming the process falls into analysis paralysis.
But as host Carl Morrison hears, even beating a problem so overwhelming can be done with the right tool, one bite at a time, like eating the proverbial elephant.
Where can firms get the data they need? Where to start? Guests Mark Harris and Emmanuel Smith of JusticeBid explain how data from JusticeBid analytics helps the legal community progress, build diversity, and leverage available talent by expanding opportunities to all.
And because one of our guests is an NFL Super Bowl Champion (hint: Smith), we hear what the legal community can learn from the NFL’s struggles with DEI and the so-called “Rooney Rule” that’s been in the news.
Expand Your Horizons: Standing Still Is Not An Option
In an inspiring edition of The Paralegal Voice, guest Bobby T. Rimas shares his experiences as a paralegal professional, lifelong learner, author, and adjunct professor. Rimas shares his views on networking and staying current. Stand still and risk being left behind.
Rimas follows the latest trends in legal tech and procedure and leans on his ever-growing network of paralegal professional colleagues to boost his team with resources that span state lines and jurisdictions. Even the most introverted can learn something from his experiences. Start small, join a local paralegal organization, attend the meetings and conferences, gobble up those CLE opportunities as they arise, and soon you’ll find yourself not only learning, but also sharing what you’ve learned with the next generation of paralegal professionals.
Check the websites of organizations you might be interested in. It doesn’t have to be just legal-related organizations. Civic groups, charities, youth organizations, and schools all need your help.
Ask local colleges or universities if they need help teaching a class or reviewing materials. Share real-world experience in the classroom. You have valuable skills, share them.
It’s all about the tech. You must stay up to date and embrace change for the sake of your legal team.
Keep current on new laws and procedures. Change was always coming, but the Pandemic juiced the entire system. What are your state courts and legislature up to?
Build your network and take advantage of the “hive mind” around you. Your colleagues are a rich resource to draw from. Don’t know? Ask.
Special thanks to our sponsors NALA, ServeNow, and Infotrack.
Tame the ELM Beast: The Secrets of E-discovery and Data Management
Host Carl Morrison is joined by guest Ben Hengels of Ligl.io for a deep dive into the Evidence Lifecycle Management (ELM), e-discovery, and data flow management that law practices run on.
With so many moving parts, taking proper stock of every component – from email and cloud systems to legacy on-site servers – is crucial. So is working with providers who understand how each piece works with the other.
Recognize early warning signs of common problems, mistakes that find their way into the process and grow. Avoid inefficiencies and costly snafus.
E-discovery and data management are not static processes. Technological advances continue yearly. Learn to collect, produce, and preserve the data you need to keep up with a busy caseload.
Plus, “The Listener’s Voice.” Your content, comments, and questions matter. In this episode, tips and tricks on making the leap from paralegal to legal operations careers. What’s on your mind? Drop us a line at Devoted2Law@Gmail.com
Special thanks to our sponsors NALA, ServeNow, and Infotrack.
I am interviewing for a commercial real estate paralegal position. I have some skills they are looking for but not all. Can you please an episode on this field of law? Thanks!
If you are in the legal field as a paralegal or legal assistant this podcast is a wealth of information from people who are passionate about the field. They provide many resources to help anyone in any stage of their career.
Replace Jill Francisco
I’m sorry, but this lady makes the podcast unbearable to listen to now. She sounds like she’s reading off a prompter or something. Nothing personal, as she seems nice and knowledgeable, but the tone and delivery of the podcast is TERRIBLE. She almost sounds like the people presenting their business idea on Shark Tank. Just bring the guy back or find someone else.