Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Paralegal Profile: Thirteen Questions for Candy Reilly ACP

Candy Reilly ACP appeared as a guest expert on a recent episode of The Paralegal Voice on Legal Talk Network. The topic was 'working with expert witnesses.' Show notes are available at this link.
1. Where do you work and what is your job title? I work for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of North Dakota as a Paralegal Specialist.

2. What prompted you to choose a paralegal career? I have always loved the law and started out in the legal secretary program (way back in the 80’s) until my instructor encouraged me to join the ranks of the “new profession” known as “paralegals.” She was my first mentor.

3. What is your favorite part of your job? I like all aspects of my job but investigation and the discovery process are my favorites. I love trying to find the “smoking gun.”

4. What professional associations do you belong to? This year I am on “hiatus” and contemplating which memberships to renew. With my hectic work schedule, I need to find a balance in that aspect of my life as I have a hard time saying no to projects.

5. How has your membership benefited you? My membership in state organizations as well as NALA has benefited me by creating numerous networking opportunities, excellent educational opportunities and improved my leadership skills as well as generated friendships throughout the United States.

6. Do you have any professional certifications? CLA and CLAS in Litigation.

7. What has been the highlight of your career? Being able to work on high-profile cases.

8. What do you see as hot trends in the paralegal industry? Technology, electronic discovery and the electronic courtroom.

9. Have you dipped your toes in the social media waters? If not, do you see that in your future? Yes, I have a few social media sites I use as well look at others for discovery purposes.

10. If someone contemplating a paralegal career asked you for career advice, what would your answer be? Always think outside the box – dare to go one step further than you normally do on a project and above all, be organized. You will not only learn more but your attorney will appreciate the extra steps you take to accomplish a task.

11. Is there a quote that inspires you? I love to collect quotes and have many favorites – this week my favorites are: “What you get by achieving your goal is not as important as what you become by achieving your goal” and “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

12. You've enjoyed a successful paralegal career. To what single event or person do you attribute that success? I attribute my success to the first attorney I worked with. He was my mentor and friend and taught me so many practical skills. He was always willing to let me take on any project and learn along the way.

13. What is the most important step a paralegal can take to keep his or her career interesting? Never stop learning or exploring opportunities within our profession.

Bonus…Just for Fun Fact: I love to design and create jewelry.


The Goodwill Fangirl said...

Candy was such a terrific guest on the most recent Paralegal Voice podcast. Thanks for sharing the additional information, Vicki!

Paralegal Mentor said...

Thanks, Lynne...I love getting to know other paralegals better!