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Tami Riggs

Tami Riggs has an extensive and varied professional background that spans criminal justice, paralegal education, and international school marketing and communication. Her career has been guided by a focus on developing strategic partnerships that facilitate school growth and student opportunity. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University.
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Recent Posts

Work Mistake? Fess Up to Your Mess Up and Fix It.

Posted by Tami Riggs

Jul 30, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Fess up your mess up smallAt some point in their career, every working professional has made a mistake that shined the performance spotlight on them front and center. Typical mistakes made by new - and experienced - paralegals include misfiling documents, missing deadlines due to poor calendaring practices, failing to proofread for typos, inaccurately recording billable time, and coming to client meetings unprepared. And let’s face it…we’ve all sent that cringeworthy email to an unintended recipient. We’ve all ended an important call by accidentally hanging up. 

Colossal gaffes that result in termination are rare, but errors made by paralegals and legal assistants can have significant consequences and rippling impacts on a law firm, up to and including a claim for malpractice. While this may be an extreme outcome, it is important to understand that each practice is responsible for inaccuracies or omissions made by its’ legal staff. Mistakes can seriously harm a case, lead to an unfavorable court ruling, and cause major setbacks. 

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Topics: career, paralegal skills, featured

What Salary Do You Expect? 3 Responses for Meaningful Wage Dialogue

Posted by Tami Riggs

Jun 2, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Salary RequirementsThe magic number between what a candidate is seeking and what a potential employer is willing to pay is often impacted by factors that are not related to direct experience, relevant education, or matching skills. Compensation is typically more dependent upon labor market conditions, geographic location, company size, and organizational budget than a job seeker’s background and qualifications. Salary structures will also vary between companies offering benefits and perks versus those offering none.

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Topics: career, featured

Job Hunting During Coronavirus – 5 Ways to Get Hired

Posted by Tami Riggs

May 5, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Remote-Paralegal-Job-InterviewThe COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every business across the U.S. and globally, dramatically changing the recruiting and hiring landscape. The long-term impacts on the workforce are unknown, but it is still possible to conduct a successful job search. Here are five ways you can thrive during this crisis and get hired.

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Topics: graduates and alumni, career, featured

Stay Home, Get a Degree!

Posted by Tami Riggs

Apr 23, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Degree Graduate with MaskOne consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the loss of jobs. This has not been a welcome change. You may be seeking a way to manage your experience during this crisis. You may find yourself at home with not a lot to do.

Consider continuing your education. CALS has been very fortunate to help graduates enter the legal field in entry level positions with only a paralegal certificate, but that is likely to change. If you want to be competitive and engage in transactional work as a paralegal you will be required, at a minimum, to have an associate degree.

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Topics: paralegal degree, career, paralegal skills, education and training

Keeping Professional Development Continuous During Coronavirus

Posted by Tami Riggs

Mar 19, 2020 1:30:00 PM

CALS remains committed to offering tips, advice, and learning recommendations so that our graduates and job seekers are better prepared to fulfill professional, academic, and personal goals and achieve career success. As a range of containment measures are implemented to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, consider how you can make the best use of your time. The following activities can help you gain valuable work skills to stand out in today's competitive job market.

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Topics: career, paralegal skills, featured

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