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Paralegal Practice Tips 21-30

Here are more great practice tips from weekly legal support staffer profiles that Practical Paralegalism has been privileged to share over the last few years:

21. Own up to your mistakes. In 27 years I have had plenty of time to make mistakes – and I did! I think I have made every mistake in the book at least once. Learn from your mistakes. Owning up to your mistakes gives you credibility. ~ Kim Walker (Pennsylvania Paralegal)

22.  Always pay attention to the technicalities – standard of review, burden of proof, whether an argument is waived on appeal, and issues of timely filing. Sometimes these little “gotchas” can transform a tough case into an easy win. ~ Tammy Cravit (California paralegal)

23.  Organization, attention to detail, the ability to think outside the box and having the drive to tackle any type of legal task are some of the most key components in this profession. This is a profession where multitasking is essential. Without it you would not advance very far. ~ Peter Buckley (Massachusetts Paralegal)

24.  Be a team player, mentor younger members of your team/practice group/firm, join and get involved/serve with your local paralegal organization, participate in pro bono activities in your local area, speak, teach, write, whatever you feel led to do, but GET INVOLVED, GET ACTIVE and GIVE BACK to your local paralegal community. ~ Patty Dietz-Selke (Georgia paralegal)

25.  Work to live, don’t live to work. You’ll be happier in both your career and your life. ~ Sue Ann Jaffarian (California paralegal)

26.  Don’t ever give up. Listen to your clients. Start a strong network of attorneys. ~ Kym Adams (California legal document assistant and divorce mediator)

27.  You don’t realize how important networking is until you need those contacts. Get involved in paralegal organizations, write articles, give presentations, whatever it is that you like to do. The contacts you make will be invaluable. ~ Ellen Lockwood, ACP, RP (Texas paralegal)

28.  Treat people how you want to be treated. Being nice to someone just makes you feel good, and more importantly, being rude to someone ALWAYS finds its way back to you. ~ Stephanie Elliott-Park, NCCP (North Carolina paralegal)

29.  Learning to manage deadlines is essential! ~ Bonnie Ruffin, NCCP (North Carolina paralegal)

30.  Always look at your calendar for the week ahead to keep on top of deadlines. Also, I’ve been called a good “nag” by the attorneys I’ve worked with. ~ Jennifer Taylor (Texas paralegal)

See also Paralegal Tips 1-10, 11-20

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Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

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Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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