The Paralegals on Fire podcast show is hosted by Ann Pearson, a former paralegal and paralegal manager, turned entrepreneur. Join us each week to get actionable strategies to fast-track your paralegal career. We’re going to do that with informative interviews, “behind the curtain” tips from management, and solo episodes where we take deep dives into areas that matter most to paralegals. Our mission is to give you tangible things that you can walk away with each week that add value to your paralegal career.
Recent Paralegal Podcast Episodes
Episode 15 (January 18, 2022): Be the Problem-Solver Paralegal
The problem-solving skill is one of the skills that every attorney says they want in a paralegal. How do you improve that skill? This is how you do it!
Episode 14 (January 11, 2022): How the Scarcity Mindset is Hurting the Paralegal Profession
Ann discusses the way forward for new paralegals that doesn’t involve waiting on others to get the needed training.
Episode 13 (January 4, 2022): 8 Mindset Shifts That Could be Hurting Your Paralegal Career
Our guest, Dan Moulder, is a paralegal manager and author of the book The Lunch. While it’s a book for all professions, we discuss how the mindsets in his book apply to paralegals.
Episode 12 (December 28, 2021): How to Turn Your Performance Review Into a Career Development Opportunity
Ann gives listeners four (4) ways to change how you approach the sometimes-dreaded annual performance review meeting. And what to do if you don’t have one at your current place of employment.
Episode 11 (December 21, 2021): Is Legal Innovation an Oxymoron?
Our guest, Casey Flaherty, discusses innovations in the legal industry and how sometimes it means just knowing the basics of how to use the technology tools we already have.
Episode 10 (December 14, 2021): Paralegal Side Gigs (No Driving Required!)
Ann looks at five interesting ideas for side gigs if you’re looking to make some extra cash and you don’t want to drive for Uber.
Episode 9 (December 7, 2021): Litigation Paralegal Q & A
Ann answers questions from litigation paralegals who sent in their questions. Do you want to fast-track your litigation paralegal career?
Episode 8 (November 30, 2021): Is it Time to Move to Another Practice Area?
Ann interviews Molly McGrath, Founder of Hiring and Empowering Solutions, and gets Molly’s insight on hiring trends and how paralegals can make the most out of the current job market. They also discuss how paralegals can stand out in the job search and as an employee.
Episode 7 (November 23, 2021): What the Paralegal Schools Don’t Tell You
Five things that paralegal schools fail to mention when you’re considering a career as a paralegal.
Episode 6 (November 16, 2021): Paralegals Paying it Forward to Paralegals
A random act of kindness got Ann thinking, what if we could keep it going? Imagine what we could do to lift up the paralegal profession!
Episode 5 (November 9, 2021): Forget About Job Security, Let’s Talk about Career Security!
Instead of just focusing on your job, let’s look at specific things you can do to increase your career security so that it doesn’t matter what happens to your paralegal job, your paralegal career will always thrive.
Episode 4 (November 2, 2021): Billable Hour Q & A
Ann answers questions sent in from listeners on the topic of paralegal billable hours.
Episode 3 (October 26, 2021): Add Mind-Reading to your Paralegal Skill Set
Ann takes a look at how to work with a procrastinating attorney and not rely on the help of others to determine how successful you can be in your paralegal career.
Episode 2 (October 19, 2021): It is Time to Increase Paralegal Salaries
In this record low unemployment in the legal industry, it would be a lot easier to recruit top talent if the salary and perks were better.
Episode 1 (October 12, 2021): Why Every Paralegal Should Have a Career Development Plan
We’re also giving you a template to download a Paralegal Career Development Plan! Go to the Episode Page to get it.
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Podcast Host, Ann Pearson
Ann Pearson is the Founder of the Paralegal Boot Camp®. Ann develops training programs exclusively for paralegals and other legal professionals who work under the supervision of attorneys.
Before founding the Paralegal Boot Camp in 2010, Ms. Pearson had 20 years of experience in the legal industry. Most recently, she was the paralegal manager at McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, where she managed the paralegals, docket clerks, and case assistants in Atlanta, New York, and San Diego. Ann was able to significantly increase the skill set, retention rates, and profitability of McKenna’s paralegal group through methods that she now teaches at the Paralegal Boot Camp. Before her management position, Ann was a litigation paralegal for many years at an AmLaw 50 firm, working in the antitrust, product liability, and construction litigation practice areas.