The goal of this podcast is to provide a space to amplify the voices of Black female paralegals, share experiences, and motivate each other. The primary purpose is to highlight, educate, empower, and inspire only. No content shall be misconstrued as giving legal advice, as we are not attorneys.
Grow Where You Are Planted...
41:54I had the pleasure of speaking with Paralegal, Berlinda Bernard. She dives into her paralegal journey and how she created a business doing what she loves. She is unapologetically stepping into her own lane as she is committed to helping attorneys work smarter by using paralegals and helping paralegals work smarter by growing where they are planted - which is also the name of her upcoming webinar (see registration link below). Berlinda offers paralegal and consulting services through her business "Quintessential Pillar Paralegal Consulting, LLC". Register today to hear Berlinda provide tips for the profession. Learn more about Berlinda and Quintessential Pillar by going to her website: https://quintessentialpillar.com GROW WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED - July 15, 2021 Webinar registration: https://quintessentialpillar.com/webinar/
A conversation can take you far...
36:03J.D. Candidate, Tiana Boardman, started her legal journey at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland majoring in criminal justice. After graduation, she transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park to complete her Bachelor’s, also in criminal justice. She is currently a 3rd year evening student at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Tiana started working as a legal secretary at Hansel Law, P.C. while attending school at Prince George’s Community College and has worked her way up to Paralegal. After graduation, she will remain at the firm as an associate attorney. She has a passion for civil rights, particularly police and correctional misconduct cases and has testified before the Maryland House and Senate several times in support of sweeping police reform. Tiana is also a new business owner. During her first year of law school, she started making whipped shea butter as a form of self-care. Creating products by hand gives her a sense of calm and relaxation while also producing something so incredibly beneficial to our skin. She expanded into making lotions, shower steamers, and crystal jewelry. All products are hand made to order with six ingredients or less. Be sure to shop with: www.teesurbanapothecary.com All podcast listeners are eligible for 15% off your order using code “BlackEsq”
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My journey to law school looked different...
20:26I had the pleasure of speaking with J.D. Candidate, Jesicah Mitchell, about her law school journey and the route she took to get there. Tune in to hear her advice and ways you can position yourself on the law path to do the same. Follow us on social media @paralegallyspeaking and be sure to share us with your friends. Until Next time,
It's important to find your core support group while in law school because..."
28:44I had the pleasure of speaking with J.D. Candidate, Shanice Leach. Shanice is a second-year law student living in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her undergrad with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. In her spare time, she likes to workouts, spend time with friends and family, and bake desserts. She is passionate about increasing diversity in the legal profession. She does this by encouraging pre-law students to continue on their law school journey. Follow us on social media at Paralegally Speaking to continue the conversation. Be sure to tune in again for more interviews, tips and resources from unapologetic Black women Until next time,
Jennifer L. Williams, Esquire
42:16Jennifer L. Williams, Esquire is the owner and operator of Legacy Law, a boutique estate planning law practice in Parsippany, NJ. In addition to handling the testamentary desires of her clients, Ms. Williams also practices in the areas of business and real property law. When she is not managing her law practice, Ms. Williams also works as a consultant for the life sciences industry where she has over a decade of experience in pharmacovigilance alliance management and vendor oversight. She also works as a professor at Peirce College in the Legal Studies division where she instructs in the areas of business law and ethics. When she is not working or teaching law, she spends time with her family. traveling and practicing yoga. Follow us on social media to continue the conversation at Paralegally Speaking. Tune in next time for more interviews and inspiration. Until next time,
"When I interview, I no longer diminish my shine..."
21:53I had the pleasure of speaking with Paralegal, Altia Clarke. Altia was born to an Guyanese father and African African mother in Philadelphia. She obtained her degree in Paralegal and now attends Temple University where she is majoring in political science and minoring in environmental studies. Altia is a mother to two girls and a business owner of 2 business "Gogreenkai Company" which is a nonprofit organization geared towards helping the environment become more sustainable, and Gogreenkai Enterprises which is a new business set to launch soon Be sure to follow Altia's businesses and support her cause for environment sustainability. You can find her at GogreenkaiCompany.org or email her at [email protected] and follow on social media at @kaisdripsauce Be sure to come back for more conversations and follow us on Social Media @paralegallyspeaking
"We have to learn the system we are in before we can break it down..."
35:25First-generation college graduate of Spelman College to J.D. Candidate of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. Tune in to hear Renyata Finney take us on her journey to law school and what she plans to do post bar passage. Also, Renyata has an amazing project that she soon launch "Worthy Black Girl" - a passion project that creates a platform for all things Black women and self-discovery! I'm so looking forward to this! Follow us on social media at Paralegally Speaking to continue the conversation. Please share us with your friends and family and be sure to tune in for more interviews, tips and best practices from unapologetic Black women.
"I want to be there to help those who sometimes can't help themselves..."
42:28Alexis Kilpatrick-Jones, J.D. Candidate, is a graduate with her Bachelor of Business Administration from North Carolina Central University and her Masters of Business Administration from Averett University in Danville Virginia. Her interest in the law began early, watching Ally McBeal, her favorite TV drama in the 90s; her passion for law has recently been reignited through the now 11-year fight for her husband’s Veterans disability benefits. This process impassioned her so much so, that she has applied and has successfully been accepted to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Upon her commencement and Bar passage, Alexis plans to open a private practice in addition to a nonprofit, focusing on Veterans law. Be sure to follow Paralegally Speaking on social media @paralegallyspeaking and share us with your friends and family. Until next time,
I had no choice but to work for myself because...
30:30I had the pleasure of speaking with Paralegal, Tiana Royal, to hear all about her paralegal journey from personal injury firms to the being a military justice paralegal. Now she is the Founder and Managing Paralegal of Amicus Alternative Legal Services, LLC. Her company provides Virtual Paralegal, Notary, and consultation services to attorneys and the general public. You can find her at: www.amicusaltlegal.com Let us know your thoughts.
Every experience I had led me to a greater platform...
1:07:11Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Paralegal Hope Wilson-DuBose. Hope received her foundation in Legal Studies from Faulkner University in Mobile, AL. During that time she began working for Legal Services of Alabama where she spent a number of years working in all areas of Civil law. It was also during that time when she became a Domestic Voilence Advocate. In 2012, Hope relocated to Georgia and enrolled in Kennesaw University to learn Georgia law through their paralegal program. Hope is also a Registered Mediator for the GA Department of Resolution. During this time she had the opportunity to work on Stacey Abrams legal team against the state of GA and voters rights. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2016, Hope founded Perfectly Signed,LLC where she offers travel notary, Paralegal and Mediation Services. Hope credits her my most important job as being a mother of 3 amazing children. Perfectly Signed, LLC: (perfectlysignedllc.com) Follow this business on Facebook @Perfectly Signed, LLC As always, be sure to follow us on social media @paralegallyspeaking and listen where you tune in for your podcasts. Until next time,