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The Evolution of the Paralegal and Their Future Sophistication in Florida
By Sterling Wheeler Dixon, CBA, CP
Certified Bankruptcy Assistant/Certified Paralegal
I am a paralegal. To be more precise, a litigation paralegal, but a paralegal just the same. My first legal job was for Orange County back in the early 1980s, and once I started in the legal field it did not take long for me to determine that was exactly where I wanted to be.
I began my career in the legal field as a legal secretary. The terms “legal assistant” and “paralegal” were fairly new, and since no real hands-on knowledge or basis had been established for those job positions back in the 1980s, very few were afforded either of the titles. Those who held either title usually had graduated from an educating institution with general legal knowledge and possessed little, if any, on-the-job training when they began their first job.
It was also the time when lawyers (or those electing to use the term “attorney”) were, for the most part, men. Women who held juris doctorates were just beginning to make a significant establishment in the legal community. It was growing experience for everyone: lawyers and legal support staff alike.
I worked up through the ranks, as they say, as the paralegal profession matured and became more sophisticated. Read Full Article »
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