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In my time as a paralegal, I’ve found that only a small percentage of working paralegals and legal assistants know that Colorado recognizes our profession annually on May 4.
What Do Paralegals Do?
Celebrating the Work of Paralegals on Paralegal Day
BY JOSE L. TRUJILLO
Early in my career as a paralegal, I worked for a small boutique law firm that specialized in bankruptcy and family law. At one point a client asked, “What do paralegals do?” Never having been asked that question before, I paused for a few seconds and then looked at my attorney, hoping she would interject and provide an answer. Of course, I had my own ideas about my career and was ready to provide a response. I probably would have said something like: “Paralegals assist with drafting legal documents, collecting information, and assisting with court proceedings.” But my attorney quickly exclaimed, “Everything. Without my paralegal, I would lose my mind and never find a thing! My office would stop running!” Her impassioned response caught me off guard, and a smile came over me that I’m positive conveyed my enthusiasm and sincere gratitude for her support.
In honor of Paralegal Day 2018, I feel compelled to share this story in support of the hundreds of thousands of fellow paralegals, legal assistants, and paraprofessionals who find themselves in the trenches each and every day. I would also like to recognize the file clerks, paralegal interns, court clerks, and other legal support staff who work alongside them.
As we all know, many of us work tirelessly behind the scenes. Others work directly with clients and support their teams in both the public and private sectors. Often we are the primary contacts for clients and opposing counsel. We work directly with court clerks, third-party vendors, and state and federal agencies. We volunteer for local community projects, many of which require long hours and expenses for which we are not reimbursed. We do so proudly and for the greater good of our community and our profession.
In my time as a paralegal, I’ve found that only a small percentage of working paralegals and legal assistants know that Colorado recognizes our profession annually on May 4. Tis brings me back to the original question: “What do...