It’s bad enough when the public calls us “glorified secretaries” but when those words come from a Lawyer, it’s downright insulting. Secretaries don’t draft discovery responses, review production documents, research caselaw or prep witnesses.
This is not to insult or degrade Secretaries, though. They do many things I can’t begin to fathom. I can muddle through Word, but any competent secretary is a ninja by comparison. I have the telephone etiquette of an 11th century Viking raider with rage issues. Data Entry makes my brain hurt. Secretaries are equally valuable, but have an entirely different skill set.
Anyhow, the “paralegal is just a glorified secretary” thing really bugs the hell out of me, especially when it's still seen that way in our own industry. It’s insulting to both professions, although for different reasons.