Friday, April 27, 2007

The Hybrid Paralegal

The rise of technology, combined with a need for case management, has led to a new type of paralegal, the Hybrid Paralegal, as detailed in the May/June 2007 issue of Legal Assistant Today. The Hybrid Paralegal, often known as a Legal Technology Specialist or a Litigation Support Specialist, uses technical savvy and legal know-how to manage complex databases and prepare stunning trial presentations, complete with intricate computer-generated graphics. Mere technical expertise is not enough.

Paralegals are a good fit as litigation support specialists because of their knowledge of courtroom procedures and local rules. A person who only has technical knowledge will not understand when to display exhibits or the importance of preserving annotations made to documentary exhibits that are used in witness testimony. The technology is only useful if you know what the rules are for preparation and display in the courtroom. A paralegal background can be instrumental in understanding what is and isn’t allowed.

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