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CALLING ALL PARALEGALS

A CONVERSATION CALL: COME WRITE FOR THE NYCPA

By Holly A. Sheriff, MSLS

Let’s Start a Conversation!

Do you love to talk? Do you love to help other paralegals grow? Do you need to build up your curriculum vitae (“CV”)? The NYCPA is looking for paralegal conversationalists to help our members, nonmembers, and sponsors learn, connect, and thrive.

The New York City Paralegal Association (“NYCPA”) values the paralegal community locally and nationally. Our community, both online and offline, is our greatest commodity. We also know how important it is for paralegals to emerge as leaders at work and home, so we created the Mentor Blog. It is a space for members, sponsors, allies, and nonmembers to come and learn tips, tricks and get career advice from their peers.

The NYCPA knows how hard it is to get ahead and thrive at work, at home, and in our communities. That’s why we have created the Mentor Blog. We believe that by showcasing your writing talents, we can boost your writing skills and LinkedIn profiles and help NYCPA followers grow and connect. That’s why the Mentor Blog is a great resource.


Figure 1 Paralegal Writers

Who are we looking for?

The NYCPA is looking for talented paralegals and other legal professionals with a passion for helping others build the career they desire through valuable content to NYCPA and its followers. We have high standards when it comes to the content that the Mentor Blog produces, and we expect nothing less from our contributors.

However, you need no previous blogging experience. And you need not be a member. You need to have only a passion for helping legal professionals solve problems within the NYCPA’s niche of topics and time to research and draft a brief 500-to-1000-word article you think other legal professionals would find beneficial.

It would be helpful and preferred if you were a paralegal or other legal professional. However, articles submitted by members, sponsors, and paralegals will be giving publishing preference.

Niche and topics

The Mentor Blog is all things affecting the legal industry. The most sought-after topics are ones that help paralegals and other legal professionals overcome challenges at work while searching for employment and job enrichment advice. The categories and topics featured on the Mentor Blog include:


  • Resume & Cover Letter Tips
  • Interview Tips
  • How to Succeed at Work
  • How to Get a Mentor
  • What Every Mentee Should Know
  • I Lost My Job. Now What?
  • Healthy Habits

The NYCPA is looking for content similar to the preceding topics and new ones, which include topics regarding:

  • Ethics
  • Everything Leadership
  • Professional development tips for new paralegals
  • Social Justice & Inclusion
  • Software Tips
  • Tips for Surviving in a Toxic Work Environment
  • Work-Life Balance

We understand that some of you may have established blogs, and some of you may be new to blogging; we don’t discriminate. Having your own blog is fine and being new to blogging is fine too. Quality over quantity is what we strive to achieve with the Mentor Blog. What we value most from contributors is original, well-through-out, and helpful content. Don’t be shy; submit your unique experience, problem, or solution for consideration to share with our readers and community.

What we are looking for from our contributors

If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please follow these basic guidelines.

  • 1.     Article length should follow the SEO guidelines from Google: 500 to 1,000 words.
  • 2.     Use subheadings to break up the article to make it easier to read and understand.
  • 3.     Avoid sending us articles that duplicate an article already published.
  • 4.     Include a byline and a one to two-sentence bio with your LinkedIn profile.
  • 5.     If you are familiar with SEO optimization, please optimize your article with at least one keyword; if you are unfamiliar with writing keyword-rich content – no worries – we are not picky.

What you can expect from us

  • 1.     Each article the NYCPA receives will be presented to the Executive Leadership for consideration. The NYCPA reserves the right to accept or decline any articles.
  • 2.     NYCPA reserves the right to edit the article. If the NYCPA edits or improves your paper, you will be notified in writing via email.
  • 3.     NYCPA will keep a copy of all articles on file for up to one year and reserves the right to publish the article anytime within one year from the original submission date.
  • 4.     The Paralegal Buzz is published at least once a month (on the third Thursday of the month) by the New York City Paralegal Association (“NYCPA”). The news and views presented express the authors’ views and not necessarily those of NYCPA, its members, sponsors, or allies. Publication of any article or advertisement does not imply endorsement of the opinions, products, or services offered. NYCPA assumes no responsibility for verifying facts provided by contributing authors or in reprinted articles. Readers should consider the information contained in these articles as guidelines to be independently confirmed as to timeliness.
  • 5.     THE ADVERTISING AND EDITORIAL DEADLINE IS THE 10th OF THE MONTH PRIOR TO PUBLICATION. Articles and news items should be directed to the president at president@nyc-pa.org. Inquiries about submitting should be directed to president@nyc-pa.org or treasurer@nyc-pa.org.
  • 6.     Inquiries about advertising placement, applications, membership materials, and address changes should be directed to treasurer@nyc-pa.org.
  • 7.     Interested parties will be required to sign an agreement with the NYCPA granting it permission to publish your article. Interested parties should contact president@nyc-pa.org with questions. Please allow 7-10 days for a response.

We can’t wait to see what you offer our readers!

Tips for Writing for the NYCPA

When you write with the intent of publishing your work on a site or publication owned by the NYCPA, please:

  • Do not advertise or promote products or services, except where permitted in your byline by listing your place of employment or firm name.
  • Do not advertise or promote Facebook Groups.
  • Do not write self-serving praise or anonymous attacks.
  • Do not bad-mouth a firm or employer, or association.
  • Do not engage in UPL.
  • Do not submit academic or law review-style articles.
  • Do not submit articles related to partisan politics, religion, or any anonymous attacks towards a marginalized group of people.

Please keep in mind, when you are submitting an article to the NYCPA Board for publishing the NYCPA is The New York City Paralegal Association (NYCPA) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation and is tax-exempt within the meaning of §501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Sheriff, President at president@nyc-pa.org.

Paralegal Voices in the City

The New York City Paralegal Association (NYCPA) wants to facilitate conversations among paralegals about their profession and career journeys. Therefore, we are now accepting thoughtful, nonpromotional articles and commentary articles by unpaid contributors.

If you want to submit an article or story without referencing your name or your place of employment, please use the John Doe or Jane Doe in the article and submit a non-identifying pen name with your article.

Please be advised that the NYCPA Board and website committee will need your name and email address for all pre-publishing communications only.

Paralegal Voices in the City articles and commentary should be well-written practical advice regarding paralegals, paralegal students, and career advancement issues.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Sheriff, President at president@nyc-pa.org.


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