Nick Augustine is the principal of Pro Serve PR Marketing, a firm that provides marketing and public relations advising and services for law firms. Nick’s practice includes advising attorneys on career development and leveraging knowledge, skills, and abilities. Nick earned a communications and rhetorical studies degree from Marquette University and a law degree from The John Marshall Law School where he is an active Alumni Board member.
Networking allows attorneys in transition the opportunity to meet new lawyers and their investigators who often wear a project manager hat. The upcoming National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI) 45th Annual Conference takes place in Chicago this year and you should attend. What you learn and who you meet at this conference can make you a more valuable legal job candidate.
When working in legal staffing I frequently pitched candidates who were self-starters and who have relationships with other professionals and colleagues. Remember, if you can make your employer’s job easier or save them money, then you are well worth your salary. In our recovering economy, smaller and mid-sized firms need to keep the billing clocks going and don’t have as much time to train associates. Finding ways to make yourself valuable can help you earn a desired position.
Case management and strategy are valuable skills sets in law. Did you know that legal investigators often learn these skills? In fact, the seasoned investigators, who hold the Certified Legal Investigator designation (about 80 nationwide) often work with their law firm clients and employers on proceeding in strategy consistent with the evidence and results of ongoing investigative work. Lawyers need the evidence necessary to win and investigators seek, obtain and report that evidence.
Knowing one of the 80 CLI’s, many of whom will be attending the NALI conference June 7 to 9, can give you a direct line to the best of the best in litigation investigation and strategy. I am one of the speakers at this year’s conference and I am looking for attorneys, public defender colleagues and paralegals to attend this event and learn more about working with NALI certified investigators. If you would like to attend the event, please contact the NALI office at (517) 371-1500.
I will be speaking as a media strategist on how lawyers and investigators can take a case high profile. My media boot camp will include professional responsibility elements as well as pragmatic instruction on media relations, publishing and more. My co-presenters will talk on a variety of topics including: open source and social media investigations; post-conviction casework; new technology for 3D demonstrative evidence; crime scene investigations; interviewing methods; defending sexual assault case and independent break out sessions regarding criminal and civil matters.
If you take the time to learn more about legal investigation and the benefit of knowing and working with NALI’s members who hold the Certified Legal Investigator designation, then you will be a more knowledgeable and valuable to clients and colleagues.