By Lottie Wathen, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP
If you are reading this, you likely already know that the paralegal field is a very popular career choice these days, and that the number of new paralegals entering the work force is impressive. You also likely know how competitive the field is becoming and that setting yourself apart is very important. What are you doing to stand out in a crowd?
As of June 30, 2015, there were 25 Indiana Registered Paralegals (“IRP”). Likewise, there were approximately 100 paralegals in the state of Indiana who are credentialed by having passed the PACE, PCCE or other credentialing exam. If credentialing or obtaining your IRP is not your cup of tea, what else can you do to rise to the top?
- Get involved! If you are not an active member of the IndyBar Paralegal Committee, consider doing so. It is a great group of professionals who are fun to be around and are great resources on many different levels. It doesn’t have to be an every month commitment. Why not consider being the Teddy Bear Coordinator for your firm? For more information contact Teresa Asbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Write something! The Paralegal Committee’s newsletter, Paralegals Tip the Balance, comes out four times a year and having your name appear next to an article is a great way to stand out in the crowd.
- Attend CLEs – even if you are not required to attend to maintain your credentialing or IRP, keeping on top of what is going on in your area of law is crucial to being viewed as a team member/sounding board for your supervising attorneys.
Upcoming CLEs sponsored by the Paralegal Committee:
Corporate Documents and Minimizing the Risk of Disputes (August 16)
Defending Federal Criminal Fraud Cases (August 23)
Ethics/Unauthorized Practice of Law: Attorneys - Are You Giving Your Paralegals Good Advice? (September 14)
If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Paralegal Committee page, please email Kara Sikorski at email@example.com.