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Paralegals on Fire! with Ann Pearson

Apr 8, 2024

About the Guest:

Lewanda Franklin is an experienced paralegal with over 20 years of experience in the legal field. She has worked in various practice areas, including family law, civil litigation, government affairs, and personal injury. Lewanda is known for her ability to pivot and adapt to different practice areas, continuously expanding her knowledge and skill set. She is currently working on launching her brand, "The Proper Paralegal," which aims to help paralegals achieve work-life balance and professional growth.

Episode Summary:

In this episode, Ann Pearson interviews Lewanda Franklin, an experienced paralegal who has successfully pivoted between different practice areas throughout her career. Lewanda shares her insights and experiences, highlighting the importance of continuous learning, self-care, and taking initiative in one's career. She discusses her transition from civil litigation and family law to government affairs, and later to personal injury. Lewanda also shares her advice for paralegals at different stages of their careers, emphasizing the need for self-care, professional development, and the courage to ask for what you want.

Key Takeaways:

  • Lewanda emphasizes the importance of self-care for paralegals, highlighting the need to prioritize physical and mental well-being.

  • Continuous learning and professional development are crucial for paralegals to stay relevant and advance in their careers.

  • Paralegals should not be afraid to ask for opportunities and investments in their professional growth.

  • Pivoting between different practice areas can expand a paralegal's knowledge and skill set, increasing their value to employers.

  • There is no endpoint in a paralegal's career where they can say they know everything. The legal field is constantly evolving, and paralegals should always strive to learn and improve.

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