Jane Anne retired in 2021 after working in Paralegal Management for Reed Smith for over twelve years. She managed work flow, hiring, mentoring and general coordination issues for six of Reed Smith's national offices and worked closely with local and national firm management on a host of paralegal and other related issues. She served on the International Practice Management Association's Board of Directors as Vice President for Membership for two terms and is the IPMA's representative on the Approval Commission.
As a representative of the IPMA Board of Directors, I was asked to attend the two-day meeting of the Conclave, held in Chicago in April 2019. The Conclave is a group of paralegal education and professional associations that met for the first time in approximately ten years to discuss topics of common interest and to determine if any united action could be taken to benefit the common needs and goals of the organizations. The discussions were stimulating, and it was fascinating to hear the different perspectives on paralegal education and how we might make an impact on the careers of future paralegals. I met Tom McClure and Jessica Watson at the Conclave and after discussing the events of the meeting, Jessica asked if I would like to do a site visit. I am set to do my first one next week! A few months later, the IPMA Executive Director asked if I would represent the IPMA on the ABA Approval Commission. Again, I said yes. I have enjoyed my life as a paralegal and it has provided me with an intellectually stimulating career, a good livelihood, and the opportunity to utilize management and organizational skills. Serving on the Commission will enable me to pay this forward by working to ensure that the paralegals of the future are well prepared for the jobs of the future. I will bring a unique perspective as someone who works in paralegal management in an international law firm who regularly seeks to hire qualified candidates to staff assignments across the broad range of transactional, corporate and litigation paralegal work. I am looking forward to working with everyone on the Commission.