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Chere Estrin: CEO of Estrin LegalEd in Los Angeles, CA [By Charisse Dengler] Author of nine books and countless articles for paralegals Chere Estrin has been interviewed by Newsweek, the Los Angeles
Times, and the Chicago Tribune. She has also been named as an “Entrepreneur of the Year” finalist by Inc. magazine, received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Los Angeles (Century City) Chamber of Commerce, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Paralegal Association.
Estrin, who started out as a paralegal
the immense creative opportunities that
Over the course of her career, Estrin has
and worked her way up to the position of
come with that. “It’s exhilarating,” she said.
seen the paralegal profession grow in integrity and demand. She started out at a
paralegal administrator, went on to start her own staffing company for paralegals.
She also enjoys receiving feedback from
time when paralegals indexed documents
After 16 years in the staffing industry,
paralegals across the world who have
on 3x5 note cards and were not taken too
she moved on to found Estrin LegalEd, a
benefited from her seminars and resources.
seriously; now attorneys expect to have at least one paralegal on their teams.
training and publishing company. These days, she is enjoying her role as the CEO
“When attendees or students come up to
of Estrin LegalEd, creator of the Paralegal
me and thank me for a great seminar, I light
Estrin currently lives and works in Los
SuperConferences and the Paralegal Trial &
up,” she said. “Or when someone tells me
Angeles, CA, with her husband. The twosome
Corporate Institutes and a powerful force in
they’ve read one of my books or articles and
love to travel, especially to Europe and Hawaii,
the paralegal profession.
it changed their perspective or helped them
and Estrin also loves to go to the movies.
through a difficult time. I learned that’s “On a day-to-day basis, I am responsible
what it’s all about, and I’ve learned the real
for designing and producing our seminars,”
meaning of helping someone.”
Estrin said. “I research paralegal training needs throughout the country and come up
Although she admits that she sort of fell into
with workshops that meet the needs of the
the paralegal profession, Estrin is very happy
elevating responsibilities of paralegals. I
with where it has taken her.
am also in charge of creating our brochures,
“Give me a good movie, a hankie, and a big bag of popcorn anytime,” she said. Her advice to aspiring paralegals is to put a lot of thought into the practice specialty they choose. “It could be with you for the rest of your
newsletters, books, and publications. I
“I don’t know of anyone who says, ‘When I
search for excellent speakers, trainers, and
grow up, I want to be a paralegal.’ That’s
authors. I get an opportunity to talk with
like saying, ‘When I grow up, I want to be an
paralegals worldwide. I’ve met paralegals in
actuary,’” she said. “What happened was I
Europe, South America, Australia, and Hong
was on the road with my theater company
Kong. It’s a great job.”
doing Broadway musical revues. I wanted
career,” she said. On the Net
to get off the road and settle down, so I In addition, Estrin is in charge of maintaining
applied for a paralegal job. I wasn’t even
marketing and business strategies that
sure what they did. The legal administrator I
enable the company to continue to improve
interviewed with just happened to have seen
and advance in the marketplace. When
one of the shows I directed and produced
asked what she enjoys most about her job,
and thought he would give me a shot at it. I
she said she likes being her own boss and
stayed, and the rest is ‘paralegal history.’”
Newsweek www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032542/site/ newsweek Los Angeles Times www.latimes.com
Published on Jan 17, 2013
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