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PROFILE 1.800.973.1177 Profile: Michele Boerder, Paralegal, Hughes Luce, LLP [by Regan Morris] A paralegal for 25 years, Michele Boerder was recently named one of the top paralegals in the country by legal author Carole Bruno. Law Crossing speaks to Ms. Boerder about her career and how she discovered the nascent paralegal profession. As a high school student in Texas, Michele paralegal with expertise in large-case and lawyers,” she said. “This includes marshal- Boerder wasn’t sure what she wanted to do specialty litigation. She handles general busi- ling the facts, maintaining the evidence, and when she graduated. She was curious about ness cases, civil tax controversy work and bringing information to their attention that the law and asked her church pastor for tax litigation, white-collar criminal defense, can assist them on a case.” advice. and domestic-relations matters, among other areas. Considering Boerder has moved with her at- “I was interested in the law, but did not think I torneys through various ﬁrms over the last 19 wanted to be a lawyer,” she said. “While I was She supports about 10 attorneys and credits years, it’s clearly been a productive relation- in high school, my church pastor referred me much of her success to her many colleagues ship. to an attorney; and I went to talk with him. and mentors. Law is a team practice, she This lawyer had coincidentally, or by fate, just stresses, and you have to both give and take. When working on a case, Boerder said it’s received a bar magazine about this new thing important to get the full story and to be pro- called a paralegal.” “I give a lot of credit for my success to the active while investigating a case. She urges team I work with: lawyers who have mentored young paralegals to be proactive within their That was in Dallas in 1976. Boerder points me, other attorneys and paralegals from ﬁrms and within local and national profes- out that the National Association of Legal As- whom I continually learn, and the near-20- sional associations. sistants, or NALA, began operations in 1975; year working relationships I have enjoyed,” and the National Federation of Paralegal she said. “I have always wanted to know the whole Associations, or NFPA, started in 1974. So the story,” she said, “not just be fed piece parts career really was just “beginning.” “Additionally, I believe I have also given to the to perform a selected task. I think I have team my loyalty; professionalism; and contin- demonstrated to my lawyers how necessary Boerder was intrigued. She liked what the at- ually looking for ways to assist my attorneys, and productive this can be for them.” torney told her about paralegals and the legal not just in the speciﬁc work assignments, but profession in general. in providing them with information they may In 1984, Boerder was asked to join a com- not have even asked for.” m ittee on the local paralegal association in “I was very interested, so I began to investi- Dallas. She was later asked to ﬁll a board gate paralegal educational programs,” she She sees her job as helping attorneys become position. said. “El Centro College in Dallas had started more effective, to often anticipate what a an associate degree program only a couple of case needs without being told. Ultimately, the “I guess I fell on fertile ground, because this years earlier. So I enrolled in 1977.” client and the ﬁrm win in the end, she said. involvement helped me blossom, learn tactics that served well both in the organization and Meanwhile, that same attorney who told her With Hughes Luce since 1998, Boerder for on-the-job application,” she said. about the profession hired her to work in his started out in a small ﬁrm, but has worked at ﬁrm. By the time she graduated from the various larger ﬁrms throughout her career, Over a period of seven years, she has served program in 1979, she already had two years including Davis, Loegering & Daniel, Jenkens as president of the local association and then of law ﬁrm experience under her belt. & Gilchrist, and Johnson & Gibbs. as president of the state association, now known as the Paralegal Division, State Bar of She later returned to school and earned her She said the paralegal/attorney relationship Texas. Bachelor’s degree at the University of North is “much like a nurse to a doctor.” Texas. “I learned skills and strategies in the parale- “But my tools are information—gathering, gal-organization environments that I continue At Hughes Luce, Boerder is a senior litigation packaging, presenting of information for my to use,” she said. PAGE 1
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