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Bryce Killen: Case Assistant at Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman & Steiner, LLP, in San Francisco, CA [By Charisse Dengler] Bryce Killen is a case assistant at Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman & Steiner, LLP, a national firm with offices on both coasts as well as in Shanghai and London. Even though he said it can be challenging working for such a large firm and being busy all the time, his favorite parts of his job are the wide variety of tasks he gets to do and the fact that each day presents new opportunities for him to learn and try new things.

“When two or three cases happen to gear

Currently, Killen’s day-to-day workload

accreditation carries substantially more

up for trial all at the same time, it can

involves maintaining case files, handling

weight. Moreover, most such schools are

be very difficult to juggle all the various

incoming communications, trial preparation,

also well suited to assisting you with future

responsibilities and not let anything slip

coordinating expert witnesses, and

job placement and postgraduate support.

through the cracks. Multitasking and

maintaining a library of expert materials to

And in many cases, a good ABA-approved

organization become survival skills rather

be used in trials down the line.

program can be found at your local state university for far less tuition than many

than just helpful traits,” he said. “Trial and trial-preparation work can be

private programs.”

“Often the core responsibilities of my

demanding, but it is also the most exciting

position are only the beginning of what I get

part of what I do,” he said. “Generally,

Killen currently lives in San Rafael, CA.

asked to do throughout an average day, and I

the case-assistant work for trial ranges

He is married, and in his free time, he

enjoy the opportunity to work on filings or do

from organizing all of the defendant’s and

enjoys hiking, mountain biking, skiing,

research for projects that might be outside

plaintiff’s trial exhibits and helping prepare

snowboarding, and beer making. He also

my normal practice area or come up simply

presentations for court to driving the van and

loves to read fiction and nonfiction and is

because there is no one else available to

gophering documents while the lawyers are

interested in anything about ancient history

complete the project,” he continued.

in court.”

and civilizations.

Killen is currently working on his paralegal

When asked what made him decide upon a

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certificate at San Francisco State University.

career as a paralegal, Killen said, “I wanted

His favorite parts of studying to become a

a rewarding career that would enable me

Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman, & Steiner,

paralegal are writing motions and doing legal

to get involved in issues that I feel strongly

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research.

about and allow me to use my intellectual

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talents as well as my office know-how.” “School allows me to learn to do particular

San Francisco, CA

kinds of tasks that I don’t often get asked

His most precious piece of advice to people

to do at work because there are associates

thinking of becoming paralegals is to attend

to handle those sorts of tasks,” he said.

a paralegal school approved by the American

San Francisco State University

“However, learning to do those things in

Bar Association (ABA).

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school has enabled me to show my aptitude for those tasks at work, and occasionally I

“I’m sure that you can get an equally good

have the opportunity to work on meaningful

education at many institutions that are not

projects that eventually are incorporated into

ABA-approved, but in the competitive world

the case.”

of getting hired as a paralegal, I believe that

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Bryce Killen: Case Assistant at Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman & Steiner, LLP, in San Francisco, CA