The best thing I ever did early in my litigation paralegal career, was to ask to attend a pretrial conference with the attorney.
For the first few years, I had several cases go to trial that I attended, but I’d never personally attended the pretrial conference for any of those cases. Usually, the attorney would give me a to-list and tell me what they needed for the conference.
It’s difficult to know how you can be more of an asset to your attorney team if you don’t have the opportunity to see the big picture.
Watch this video for a quick tip on assisting with the pretrial conference.
About the Author
Ann Pearson is the Founder of the Paralegal Boot Camp, specializing in training for paralegals that focuses on the important paralegal skills to become an indispensable member of the legal team.
Ann started her paralegal career as a litigation paralegal and then was a manager of paralegals for many years prior to starting the Paralegal Boot Camp in 2010. When she’s not working, you can usually find her somewhere near an ocean – either scuba diving, boating, cleaning up a beach, or volunteering to help save sea turtles.