The WHO WHAT WHY and HOW of Using Paralegals

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The WHO WHAT WHY and HOW of Using Paralegals

Toni MarshThe George Washington University

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Toni Marsh, The George Washington University paralegal studies program

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WHO is your paralegal?

Who is your paralegal?A person who has chosen the professionA person who plans to make a career of itA college graduate who has a post-baccalaureate certificate or master’s degreeA person who CHOSE to become a paralegal rather than a lawyer

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WHAT does your paralegal know?

Your paralegal’s programSubject to rigorous assessment and overview Reviewed by attorneys, working paralegals, and professional educatorsCurriculum geared to local legal marketEnsure graduates possess the skills, knowledge, and abilities to succeed in the legal field.

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WHAT does your paralegal know?

Print and electronic legal researchLegal, business, scholarly writingRules of procedure, evidence, courtMotion practiceSubstantive law

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WHAT can your paralegal do?

LexisNexis and WestlawCase, statutory, legislative, regulatory, and academic research using electronic or print resourcesBriefs, pleadings, discovery documents, applications, forms, business letters, and other legal and professional documentsE-filing, e-discovery, billing software, trial software Trial Director, CaseMap, TimeMap, Summation, Concordance, CourtLink, LiveNote

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WHY use paralegals?

Money TimeProductivityClient satisfactionLawyer and paralegal lifestyle

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WHY use paralegals?

MoneyAverage in-house attorney salary$78,449 – 124,101http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Attorney_%2F_Lawyer_%28Corporate,_in-house%29/SalaryAverage corporate paralegal salary$46,152 – 70, 463http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Corporate_Paralegal/Salary

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WHY use paralegals?

Assess tasks – are associates doing paralegals’ work?What Paralegals Do (And Lawyers Shouldn’t Do)For example: drafting documents, interviewing clients, scheduling, legal research, investigation, completing forms

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HOW to use your paralegal

Understand what paralegals cannot do:Accept casesSet feesDepositionsSign legal documentsAdvocateGive legal advice

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HOW to use your paralegal

Start small and build confidenceIncrease rigor and frequency of tasksAllow paralegals to establish processesAllow paralegals to fail in controlled circumstances

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HOW to get the most from your paralegals

Increase autonomyBuild trustDisplay confidencePromote professional developmentProvide opportunities for networking and growth

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HOW to get the most from your paralegals

Attorneys must take the initiative – your paralegals may not.

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