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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
“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.
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
about and allow me to use my intellectual
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).
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
of getting hired as a paralegal, I believe that
Published on Jan 12, 2013
Bryce Killen Is A Case Assistant At Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman & Steiner Which Is A National Firm With Offices In Shanghai And London....