Brew Ha-Ha: How a Cup of Joe Became a Close Encounter with a Canine Catastrophe

By Chere B. Estrin As I strolled towards the cafe, I couldn't shake the feeling of excitement. Finally, I was about to meet Joseph, one of my elusive students, from Boston U's Paralegal Program. Despite the geographical gymnastics, he was now gracing my city with his presence. Our meeting promised to be a symphony of caffeine and career aspirations, with a sprinkle of wisdom on top. Little did I...

Non-Lawyer? More Like Non-Starter: Why Using the Term Is a Jab at Equality and Dignity”

By Chere B. Estrin Legal Apartheid: The Poisonous Impact of the 'Non-Lawyer' Label on Professional Equality There is a petition going around to strike the term "non-lawyer" from use by the ABA. I can't help but stick my two cents in: "The use of the term "non-lawyer" creates an artificial hierarchy within the legal profession. It implicitly suggests that only licensed attorneys hold value or...

Balancing the Scales: Strategies for Addressing Pay Compression in Law Firms

By Chere B. Estrin I had lunch last week with a friend who is the Director of Administration at a top, major law firm. The firm had been seeking a litigation paralegal for months. When I first received their search, the hiring requirements included 5-10 years of litigation paralegal experience, actual trial experience, ability to handle legal research, drafting and a whole host of other...

About That Performance Review You Just Received: 11 Proven Steps to Flip the Script and Shine Again!”

  Well, well, well, they said what about your performance? Surprise, surprise, it's performance review time! You strut in there like you own the place, expecting a standing ovation, a raise that could buy a small country, and maybe even a golden trophy labeled "Employee of the Millennium." But hold the confetti! Instead of the anticipated praise, you get hit with a review suggesting your...

Chaos Chronicles: The Real-life Saga of a Day Gone Haywire(True story)

By Chere B. Estrin At the ungodly hour of 3:30 a.m., I am jolted awake to pitch-black darkness. Panicking, I fumbled around, desperately trying to figure out why my world had turned into a sightless abyss. No lights, no window, no door, no lights in the backyard, just me, groping for my phone like a blindfolded contestant on a reality show. I get it in my hand but I can’t see it. Put it right...

Podcast: Future Proofing Paralegals: Are You Headed in the Right Direction?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2OKgZFmrTNFwNAnLUrVg5I?si=S5lBuGFxTkaBc6DcZVRt9Q   The Lawfully Employed Podcast with Host Chere Estrin   Episode Description: Special Guest: Joe Spada, Boston University Paralegal Certificate Program   Lawfully Employed is a Podcast hosted by Chere Estrin. This podcast is for rebels and disruptors in the legal profession that are searching to shatter the glass...

Thinking of Leaving Your Job? Hold on there!

By Chere B. Estrin When contemplating the idea of leaving your current job, it's essential to meticulously weigh your timing, as it can be just as crucial as the reasons behind your departure. The current job market is robust, affording you the luxury of not having to tolerate an unhealthy firm culture or subpar leadership. Instead, you can explore a plethora of enticing opportunities that offer...

Mastering Your Performance Review: Strategies for Success”By Chere Estrin

Let’s get some definition here. What is a performance review? “A performance review is a two-way, individualized conversation between a manager and an employee about performance impact, development, and growth. It is a critical component of an organization’s overall performance management strategy.” Reality check: Rarely, does the “two-way conversation” happen. If the mention of...

10 Red Hot Flags Not to Take that Job

10 Red Hot Flags Not to Take that JobBy Chere B. Estrin I once took a job in an AmLaw (top firms in the country) firm. Boy, was I excited! A big bump in salary; great title; opportunity to grow; the works. And then – I knew within 3 days that I had made a huge mistake. Huge. There was no question - this was going to be a “crying in the shower every morning” adventure. I had been recruited...

Are You Hiring Toxic Employees?

. Know now – before they start By Chere B. Estrin "…..a worker that engages in behavior that is harmful to an organization, including either its property or people." Definition from a 2015 research study by Michael Housman and Dylan Minor at the Harvard Business School. You’ve certainly done it at least once – hired the Toxic Employee. You were sure they were “Ms. or Mr. Best Candidate...