Beverly Michaelis, a lawyer, former legal assistant, and practice management adviser who authors the very helpful blawg, Oregon Law Practice Management, has published a short but awesome post today, “Five Keys to Being a Good Mentor.” The tips were initially given to a group of lawyers, but they work for paralegals, too.

Here are five ways to be a terrific mentor to other paralegals:


  1. Share your experiences in person, via listservs, and via publications, including paralegal blogs.
  2. Introduce your mentee(s) to other legal professionals by helping them connect online (LinkedIn) and at meetings and CLEs.
  3. Answer questions, whether it’s via email, listserv, online discussion group, telephone – or over lunch.
  4. Be a role model by sharing relevant legal news and practice tips, speaking at CLEs, or publishing articles in newsletters or on blogs.
  5. Enjoy teaching other paralegals, and helping smooth their paths to successful careers.

Speaking of paralegal mentors, if you aren’t already subscribing to The Paralegal Mentor Vicki Voisin’s free weekly ezine, Paralegal Strategies, sign up at, and see a great paralegal mentor in action.

Check out a terrific collaborative group of paralegal mentors at The Paralegal Society

Beverly was also an informative guest expert on The Paralegal Voice podcast, “Practice Management and Ethics Issues, Plus Choosing a Litigation Support Vendor.”

Source:  Oregon Law Practice Management

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