A talented paralegal can be the difference between a verdict and a loss. A great paralegal can be the difference between a successful practice and one that barely scrapes by. This is the book for paralegals who want to go beyond great and become so essential, they are indispensable.
Written by Candess Zona-Mendola, a senior trial paralegal who has nearly two decades of experience and has worked on trial teams that have obtained more than $296 million in just verdicts for injured people, The Indispensable Paralegal offers a wealth of insights for getting things done and thriving in a frequently fast paced and often hectic profession.
The Indispensable Paralegal covers a thorough exploration of the different roles a paralegal may find themselves navigating, along with a wealth of practice pointers and career advice. The author shares key lessons she and others have learned in the field and discusses a broad range of important topics, from the things a paralegal needs to know and do during the life of a case to the ins and outs of successful career planning, a discussion on the different fields of law, resources and strategies for effective on-the-job training and continuing education, and legal writing.
For paralegals who want more, and for attorneys who want to get their staff to the next level, this is the book for you.
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Part One: You, Paralegal
What an Attorney Needs from You
Working with Other Paralegals
Stress and the Paralegal
Ten Things I Wish I’d Known
Part Two: Practice Pointers
Practice and Procedure
Navigating the US Court System
Cases from Birth to Death
Discovery, Meet Paralegal
Part Three: Taking Your Practice to the Next Level
Becoming a Mentor
The Law School Leap
What Legal Leaders Are Saying
— Rick Friedman, past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates and coauthor of Rules of the Road: A Plaintiff’s Guide to Proving Liability
[It’s] a well-written, thoughtful book about how to flourish in a paralegal career. Zona-Mendola shares practical suggestions and wise life lessons alike, creating what I would have not thought possible: an entertaining and educational book for paralegals at all levels of experience.