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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.

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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.

    Expand Your Horizons: Standing Still Is Not An Option

    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.

    • 46 min
    Tame the ELM Beast: The Secrets of E-discovery and Data Management

    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.

    • 43 min
    Modern Legal Project Management: Agile and Scrum Processes

    Modern Legal Project Management: Agile and Scrum Processes

    By default, many paralegal professionals serve as project managers, keeping cases on track and knowing when the next filing is due. But is traditional, linear project management best for all cases? 
    Agile project management has been around in other business sectors for 20 years, but the legal field has been cautious and slow to adopt. 
    Guest Alicia Mitchell-Mercer is an expert in applying the modern Agile project management philosophy to legal cases and how the Scrum processes fit. Scrum team? Product owner? ScrumMaster? If you’ve been curious, even baffled, by these terms, you won’t get a better 30-minute introduction. Learn how modern project management fits today’s legal needs. 
    From start to finish, Agile project management can help track legal projects and review results, then apply lessons learned to future projects. Mitchell-Mercer explains how applying these principles could help your firm work more efficiently, improve outcomes, and better serve clients. As a bonus, there isn’t a high barrier to entry for ScrumMaster certification (and it could add to your personal market value). 
    Plus, some insights on how COVID’s push to remote meetings has changed, perhaps forever, legal project management.
     
    Special thanks to our sponsors NALA, ServeNow, and InfoTrack.

    • 38 min
    2022 for Paralegals, 12 Big Trends!

    2022 for Paralegals, 12 Big Trends!

    New year, new trends. Our field never slows down. Keep up or risk being passed by. 
    Host Carl Morrison looks at a dozen developing trends for the coming year and beyond. Everything from the evolution of the Limited Licensed Practitioner field (looking at you Arizona and Utah) to the breakneck acceleration in legal tech, artificial intelligence, workflow automation, and process improvements. 
    The post-pandemic “Great Resignation” is creating more opportunities than ever for paralegal professionals. Make 2022 the year you truly understand your value, embrace change, advance your skills, and take charge of your career. 
     
    Special thanks to our sponsors NALA, ServeNow, and InfoTrack.

    • 43 min
    The “Great Resignation” Is a Great Opportunity for Paralegals

    The “Great Resignation” Is a Great Opportunity for Paralegals

    New year, new … job? The legal field is struggling to find paralegals and fill vacancies during the “Great Resignation.” For paralegals, that creates opportunities to break into the field or to advance your career.
    Guest Tony Sipp, a paralegal manager for a national law firm, says it’s more important now than ever for paralegal professionals to know their worth, highlight their skills, and pursue their dreams. Firms are hiring now. 
    Hear what hiring managers are looking for today – from soft skills to tech, including e-filing and e-discovery and Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Listen to Sipp’s valuable job seeking and interviewing tips as we head into a promising year for paralegals. Even if you’re happy where you are, it doesn’t hurt to look around or ask for what you want.
    Special thanks to our sponsors NALA, ServeNow, and InfoTrack.

    • 34 min
    ALSP: A Paralegal’s Friend or Foe?

    ALSP: A Paralegal’s Friend or Foe?

    Carl is joined by Ki Hwang and Bob Roberts of Bright Line Counsel, an Alternative Legal Service Provider (ALSP). Learn how the field is not only streamlining legal ops and more efficiently serving clients, but also creating exciting opportunities for paralegal professionals. 
    Hear how today’s paralegals can leverage their project management and technology skills to advance their careers and focus on meaningful, rewarding work. It’s a whole new world, and paralegal professionals are at the center of it. 
    And in the Listener’s Voice segment, Carl takes a question about getting into the field of legal operations and offers tips on making the leap. Is this the next step in your own career? If you’ve got a comment or question, reach out at Devoted2Law@gmail.com
    Special thanks to our sponsors NALA, ServeNow, and InfoTrack.

    • 38 min

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Marra32 ,

Interview

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!

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Paralegal must

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.

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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.

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