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The Paralegals on Fire podcast show is hosted by Ann Pearson, former paralegal and paralegal manager, turned entrepreneur. Join us each week to get actionable strategies to fast-track your paralegal career. We're going to do that with informative interviews, behind the curtain tips from management, and solo episodes where we take deep dives into areas that matter most to paralegals. Our mission is to give you tangible things that you can walk away with each week that add value to your parale ...
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In this episode, Ann delves into the essential numbers that paralegals working in law firms with billable hour requirements must track. She breaks down the key metrics of utilization, realization, and productivity, offering valuable advice on how paralegals can improve these numbers and enhance their performance in a competitive legal environment. …
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Be the first to get notified of the AI bootcamp by going here. Learn how to make money on the side by applying to develop a course here. In this episode, Ann delves into the delicate topic of receiving counteroffers from employers when attempting to transition to a new role. She shares personal experiences and insights to caution against seeking co…
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Be the first to get notified of the AI bootcamp by going here. Learn how to make money on the side by applying to develop a course here. If you're interested in guest hosting, reach out to Ann on LinkedIn here. In this episode, Ann delivers a series of exciting announcements, including a switch to Tuesday releases, the introduction of guest hosts o…
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In this episode, host Ann discusses the topic of making mistakes as a paralegal and how to handle them. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and assessing the mistake, notifying the attorney, fixing the mistake, and reflecting and learning from it. Pearson shares a cautionary tale of a secretary who tried to hide a mistake and the negativ…
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What is Panic Mode Paralegal? It's that state you're in when you're new to your career, you haven't had any kind of structured on-the-job training, the attorney brings you another last-minute piecemeal project that needs to be done, and you panic, wondering and guessing if you're doing it the right way or not. It doesn't have to be that way! In thi…
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Attorneys have a reputation for being procrastinators. We’ve all seen the memes and jokes about it. They’ve all seen them too. So we assume that’s just the way it is. It’s always been that way, and we have to get used to it. What if it didn’t have to be that way? Can you prevent all rush projects with what I’m going to talk about today? No. But wha…
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Join the FREE live training Ann mentions in this episode, the Roadmap to 6-Figure Earnings: Insider Strategies for New Litigation Paralegals, here: https://paralegal-bootcamp.com/Roadmap In this episode, Ann shares actionable strategies for legal assistants or other legal professionals who want to get promoted to a paralegal position. She emphasize…
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About the Guest: Lewanda Franklin is an experienced paralegal with over 20 years of experience in the legal field. She has worked in various practice areas, including family law, civil litigation, government affairs, and personal injury. Lewanda is known for her ability to pivot and adapt to different practice areas, continuously expanding her know…
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Use Code "bootcamp" to get 10% off Jaclyn's 1 day live freelance paralegal marketing mastermind that's happening on April 8, 2024 at https://FreelanceParalegalMarketing.com. About the Guest(s): Jaclyn Foster is dedicated to empowering freelance paralegals nationwide, helping them achieve their entrepreneurial dreams in the legal industry. As a form…
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Episode Summary: In this episode, Ann provides quick resume tips to help paralegals in their job search. She emphasizes the importance of the name and format of the resume file, using numbers to showcase experience, keeping the resume length concise, using action verbs, and avoiding repetition of bullet points from previous positions. These tips wi…
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Go to Paralegal-Bootcamp.com/challenge to join the challenge discussed in this episode. In this episode, Ann discusses the Paralegal Bootcamp's five-day challenge. Designed primarily for new litigation paralegals, this challenge aims to provide valuable tips and strategies to fast track their careers. Ann emphasizes the importance of mindset, manag…
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In this episode, Ann interviews Tony Sipp, Practice Assistant Director at Kirkland and Ellis. Tony shares his insights on knowing when it's time to make a career move and offers advice for paralegals considering a change. He emphasizes the importance of pursuing happiness and finding a job that aligns with your goals and values. Tony also discusses…
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In this episode, Ann is interviewed by paralegal student Kristy Medo. This was a class assignment for Kristy to interview someone and then present the interview to her class. Instead of just choosing to do a phone interview and use PowerPoint slides for her presentation to the class, Kristy reached out to Ann to see if she could take a step farther…
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In this episode, Ann discusses the concerns paralegals have about their jobs being replaced by overseas virtual legal assistants and AI. She reassures listeners that the types of paralegal jobs that can be taken by overseas assistants are typically low-paying and repetitive tasks. Ann provides actionable strategies to protect paralegals' job securi…
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Click here to view Teas' "10 Essential Tips for Paralegals to Ensure a Successful Process Service" About the Guest: Tea Godfrey is a former litigation paralegal who now owns her own company, Solid Serve Legal, where she provides process service and private investigation in the state of Oregon. With her background in litigation and her expertise in …
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Announcement for our podcast listeners! The Litigation Paralegal Boot Camp is currently open for enrollment! This is the only online course and coaching program of its kind that walks litigation paralegals through every phase of a litigation case and cuts YEARS off your learning curve. It also includes monthly live group coaching calls with Ann Pea…
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Announcement for our podcast listeners! The Litigation Paralegal Boot Camp is currently open for enrollment! This is the only online course and coaching program of its kind that walks litigation paralegals through every phase of a litigation case and cuts YEARS off your learning curve. It also includes monthly live group coaching calls with Ann Pea…
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Announcement for our podcast listeners! The Litigation Paralegal Boot Camp is currently open for enrollment! This is the only online course and coaching program of its kind that walks litigation paralegals through every phase of a litigation case and cuts YEARS off your learning curve. It also includes monthly live group coaching calls with Ann Pea…
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Announcement for our podcast listeners! The Litigation Paralegal Boot Camp is currently open for enrollment! This is the only online course and coaching program of its kind that walks litigation paralegals through every phase of a litigation case and cuts YEARS off your learning curve. It also includes monthly live group coaching calls with Ann Pea…
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Announcement for our podcast listeners! The Litigation Paralegal Boot Camp is currently open for enrollment! This is the only online course and coaching program of its kind that walks litigation paralegals through every phase of a litigation case and cuts YEARS off your learning curve. It also includes monthly live group coaching calls with Ann Pea…
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Announcement for our podcast listeners! The Litigation Paralegal Boot Camp is currently open for enrollment! This is the only online course and coaching program of its kind that walks litigation paralegals through every phase of a litigation case and cuts YEARS off your learning curve. It also includes monthly live group coaching calls with Ann Pea…
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Announcement for our podcast listeners! The Litigation Paralegal Boot Camp is currently open for enrollment! This is the only online course and coaching program of its kind that walks litigation paralegals through every phase of a litigation case and cuts YEARS off your learning curve. It also includes monthly live group coaching calls with Ann Pea…
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About the Guest: Samantha Brillantino is a legal specialist at one of the largest medical technology companies in the world. She has been working in the legal industry since graduating from Salisbury University in 2017 and obtaining her ABA paralegal certificate in 2019. Samantha has faced challenges throughout her career due to her learning disabi…
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In this episode, Ann shares her top seven litigation tips for paralegals. She emphasizes the importance of getting up to speed quickly on new cases by reviewing all relevant documents and extracting key information into a players list, chronology, and master to-do list. She also discusses the essential software skills that every litigation paralega…
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Sign up for the Paralegal Bootcamp challenge here! Ann announces a five-day challenge for new litigation paralegals to help you jumpstart your career in 2024. The challenge is free to participate in and starts on Saturday, January 20, with a live training session. Then, starting on Monday, each day of the challenge, participants will receive an ema…
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Want to join our FREE 5-Day Challenge for New Litigation Paralegals? It's live on January 20, 2024! Learn more here: https://paralegal-bootcamp.com/challenge In this episode, Ann discusses the importance of litigation paralegals learning about ediscovery and how it can benefit their careers. She challenges the misconception that some paralegals may…
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In this episode, Ann celebrates the 100th episode of the Paralegals on Fire podcast and shares her top ten favorite tips and nuggets from previous episodes. Key Takeaways: Take ownership of your career and invest in career development. Share your knowledge and skills with others to elevate the paralegal profession. Keep a brag folder to track accom…
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In this episode, Ann discusses the importance of celebrating accomplishments and measuring progress in order to stay motivated and avoid feeling overwhelmed. She introduces the concept of "The Gap and The Gain" from the book by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy. Living in "The Gap" means constantly focusing on what hasn't been achieved yet, while…
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About The Guest: Melissa Andrews is a former paralegal with over 15 years of experience in personal injury, family law, criminal law, and real estate. She transitioned from working in a law firm to becoming a virtual chief compliance officer and virtual chief privacy officer at Clearwater Security, specializing in healthcare compliance and privacy.…
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In this episode, Ann interviews Ashley Stasiewich, a former paralegal turned full-time paralegal instructor. She discusses the importance of mentorship and the impact it can have on aspiring paralegals. Ashley also highlights the need for research on effective legal education for non-lawyers, particularly paralegals. She emphasizes the value of pra…
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In this episode, Ann discusses alternative career options for paralegals. She emphasizes that the skills acquired throughout a paralegal career open the door to unlimited employment opportunities. Ann also provides a step-by-step plan for evaluating and transitioning to a new career, including soul searching, career assessments, researching new fie…
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In this episode, Ann shares six steps to becoming a rock star personal injury paralegal. Get the PDF Download here that Ann mentions in the episode to get two bonus steps. Key Takeaways: Learn anatomy and medicine to better understand medical records and terminology. Know the statute of limitations for each case and remind attorneys as deadlines ap…
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Announcement: Do you know of someone who has taken their paralegal experience and moved into an entirely different career outside the legal industry? Contact Us Here. to discuss being interviewed on the podcast show. In this episode, Ann discusses the confusion and debate surrounding the use of the job titles "legal assistant" and "paralegal." Whil…
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In this episode, Ann answers questions from listeners in another "Ask Me Anything" format. She provides advice on various topics, including how to quickly gain knowledge in estate planning and probate, how to navigate a job search as an older worker, and how to overcome age bias in the hiring process. Ann offers practical tips and strategies to hel…
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In this episode, Ann emphasizes the importance of attention to detail in a paralegal's career. Attention to detail is a skill that can make or break a paralegal's success, regardless of their experience level. Ann shares anecdotes to illustrate the significance of attention to detail in the legal profession. She also provides actionable strategies …
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In this episode, Ann discusses practical solutions for overwhelmed paralegals seeking better time management. She advises conducting a week-long time audit to track tasks and distractions, then using the data to approach the attorney with a plan for increasing productivity and addressing overwhelm. Ann also suggests reading relevant books on time m…
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In this week's episode, Ann dedicates the show to listener M who reached out on Instagram. Anne dives into the role of an evidence manager during different trial phases, emphasizing the importance of staying organized, proactive, and prepared. Drawing from her own experiences, Anne shares valuable insights and lessons learned, highlighting the crit…
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In this episode, Ann answers an "Ask Me Anything" question about managing paralegal teams. She dives into the characteristics of a good paralegal manager, emphasizing the importance of being a leader rather than just a boss. Ann shares her own experience in a paralegal management role and highlights the significance of having a paralegal background…
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In this eppisode, Ann answers listener questions, offering valuable advice to paralegals looking to fast-track their careers. She shares insights on handling mistakes, improving relationships with attorneys, and considering a chapter two in one's career. Ann also provides tips on starting a virtual paralegal business and offers a sneak peek into a …
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In this episode, Ann discusses the importance of finding your confident voice as a paralegal. She emphasizes that true confidence is not just about acting confident, but about actually feeling confident in your interactions with attorneys. Ann explains that having confidence is crucial for success in your career, as it allows you to speak up when s…
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In this episode, Ann discusses the importance of billable hours from a management perspective. She emphasizes that exceeding billable hour goals is crucial for career advancement and job security. Pearson explains how low billable hours can impact salary and job security, and offers advice on how paralegals can increase their billable work. She als…
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In this episode, Ann shares three quick tips for drafting billable time entries. Key Takeaways: Change your mindset about billable time and view it as an integral part of your job responsibilities. Familiarize yourself with all the features and functions of your timekeeping software to streamline the process of entering billable time. Ensure that y…
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In this episode, Ann welcomes back Molly McGrath, who is back on the show to talk about her new book. Molly shares her unique perspective on the topic as someone who has sat on various sides of the table in the legal industry. The book aims to bridge the communication gap between employers and employees by providing a framework for both parties to …
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In this episode, Ann Pearson speaks with Amy Elder. Amy shares her journey from being a file opener to becoming a paralegal at a mid-size Atlanta firm specializing in workers' compensation. She discusses how she landed the job and quickly progressed in her role by expressing her passion for the legal field and continuously seeking more responsibili…
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In this episode, Ann reflects on her experience as a paralegal manager and shares valuable lessons she wish she knew as a paralegal. She emphasizes the importance of understanding the business aspect of law, finding a work-life balance, mastering the art of delegation, knowing your numbers and key performance indicators, and recognizing that manage…
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In this episode, Ann emphasizes the dangers of "fake it till you make it" mentality in the legal profession, highlighting a story of a paralegal who was fired for refusing help. She advises paralegals to admit when they need assistance and pursue additional training when necessary. The episode concludes with actionable strategies for litigation and…
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In this guest episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson has a very special guest and this episode is going to inspire you, whether you’re a new paralegal, struggling to break into the field or an experienced paralegal who thinks there’s no such thing as a career ladder for a paralegal. Kim Barrett is the Director of Paralegals an…
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In today's episode, Sarah Riley Mohr, Associate Corporate Counsel at Amazon, talks about her journey from being a paralegal to becoming a lawyer. Sarah discusses the challenges and rewards of her path and provides insights on whether it is worth it for others to pursue the same route. Sarah also discusses the best traits and skills that a paralegal…
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In this episode, Ann and Michael discuss e-Discovery. The growing area of e-Discovery has become a mandatory skill for paralegals in the industry, and it's encouraged that all paralegals learn e-Discovery to increase their career security and job potential. Key Takeaways: Integrating project management with e-Discovery can be a good next step in un…
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In this episode, Amy discusses the difference between a legal secretary/assistant and a paralegal. Amy is the chair of the paralegal section of the San Francisco Bar Association and has written several articles about the differences between the two roles. Ann and Amy also discuss how legal secretaries should not be referred to as paralegals and how…
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