Posts Tagged ‘KNOW’

KNOWing When It Isn’t Working the Way It Should

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The basic premise of The Empowered Paralegal: Effective, Efficient, and Professional is time, file, calendar, client, attorney, and self management should be an integral part of everyday practice. But how do you know if the management is effective? Self-assessment is critical and the sooner a problem is noticed, the sooner corrective action can be taken. This is the point of an short article in a recent KNOWnewsletter: “15 Warning Signs of Poorly Managed Assignments.” Here are the first three and the link to the rest:

1.          Missing deadlines because you are handling too many matters.
2.         Receiving assignments from more than one attorney and cannot prioritize them.
3.         Consistently receiving assignments you don’t know how to complete.

Empowerment does not come from the outside. It comes from within. It is not granted, it is earned. The empowered paralegal gains that power  and the confidence that comes with being professional, and by being a competent, effective and efficient member of the legal team. The paralegal who self-assesses, indentifies problems, and develops a plan to overcome those problems will recognize in themselves the ability to manage their practice, gain self-confidence and the respect they deserve, and feel the satisfaction and gratification of being a legal professional.

The Paralegal Knowledge Institute,

Friday, September 9th, 2011

“Friend of the blog” Chere Estrin provided this announcement through the KNOW: The Magazine for Paralegals LinkedIn Group board:

We are giving a heads-up and pre-announcing the opening of The Paralegal Knowledge Institute, an online, interactive Continuing Legal Education community designed specifically for today’s paralegal.

Paralegal Knowledge Institute drives talent transformation and paralegal excellence. This specialized Institute leverages an unsurpassed array of resources to unleash and develop hidden career potential within the paralegal.

The ultimate goal is to help paralegals tranform and further develop professionally through high performance, greater innovation and optimal results.

We have gathered together the very best in instructors, course designers, writers and resources. Please join us in this pre-opening announcement and visit our website. We officially launch on Monday, September 12th.

Thank you, everyone, for your continued support. It’s what has made this new adventure come to life. Your feedback is welcome!

Paralegal Group Discussion Question: Why Did You Become a Paralegal?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

An archived Paralegal Group LinkedIn discussion thread asks, “Why Did You Become a Paralegal?” The thread started by Karen George, FRP, posting the question as quoted in full below. There are several good responses posted and I was going to copy all or parts of those posted by Chere Estrin of The Estrin Report, KNOW: The Magazine for Paralegals, and several other publications and organizations, and Linda Whipple, FRP, a paralegal for some 36 years who I’ve quoted before, but according to the thread Chere is likely to write about this in KNOW soon with permission from Linda to include her thoughts, so I won’t blatantly steal that thunder. Instead, I recommend you (1) read the discussion thread, (2) read Chere’s article when it comes out in KNOW, and (3) add your comments by posting here or emailing me (The Paralegal Group is now an open group, but the discussion thread is from about a month ago and appears to be “read only.”) [BTW: Chere also contributed an article on the history of paralegals to The Empowered Paralegal Professionalism Anthology now set for publication.]

Here’s Karen George’s original question:

I was talking to some friends today and one is a nurse. She is proceeding with her education in nursing and had to write a 750 word essay on “why do you want to be a nurse”. She read me the essay and it struck me; why did I become a paralegal? Could I write a 750 word essay on the subject?
We read so many posts from paralegals who can’t find jobs, are thinking of leaving the legal field to go into something else so they can get a job. Then we have paralegals who have invested tens of thousands of dollars in education to get certificates, associates degress and bachelor degrees in paralegal. Some even have gotten Masters degrees in paralegal studies. Why not a JD and pass the Bar?
But really, why did YOU decide to become a paralegal? Was it a calling? What was the compulsion to invest so much money in this particular profession?
In Florida as paralegals all that we do, study, get registered as FRPs, take either the NALA certification for CP or NFPA certification for RP, is voluntary, completely voluntary.
So I pose the question to you, all you paralegals out there; Why did you become a paralegal?
It should be interesting to see the answers and maybe help me come up with an answer myself.

NYCPA’s Strategic Alliance with UK

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I’ve previously mentioned that one of the New York City Paralegal Association’s most interesting projects is an alliance with the United Kingdom’s Institute of Paralegals to create transatlantic paralegal competency standards. The February edition of KNOW Newshas a story with more details about this project. It notes, “The Standards will reflect the usual paralegal career structure, being set at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Modelled upon the IOP’s existing UK competency standards, the draft transatlantic paralegal competency standards will be circulated for comment to all UK and US transatlantic firms.” More important it provides the contact information for those organization that might wish to have input into the standards:

Contact Details

Any firm or other relevant organisation interested in either being on the Joint Standards Working Party or having a watching brief should contact either:

James O’Connell at or Nikki Doughty at

Read more here or check out the KNOW News for this and several other interesting articles.