Lynne J. DeVenny, is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal, currently working as a virtual litigation paralegal. She is a nationally recognized writer, speaker and advocate for the paralegal profession. She has over 27 years of legal experience, and specializes in serious civil injury cases, including personal injury, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.
Lynne co-authored a national textbook, Workers’ Compensation Practice for Paralegals
(Carolina Academic Press, 2008), with her supervising attorney, J. Griffin Morgan
. The book has been well-reviewed by legal professionals and has been adopted by a number of paralegal programs nationwide. Also available at Amazon.com
, the book is not just a primary workers’ compensation text, but provides essential information applicable to the management of any civil case involving bodily or personal injuries, including how to organize, review and summarize medical records; conduct a substantive and meaningful review of medical and factual evidence; and prepare for mediations and hearings.
A passionate proponent of the paralegal profession and social media, Lynne promoted paralegal news, education, career development and community here at the blog formerly known Practical Paralegalism. Because most people were more interested in her mostly thrifted work wardrobe, she changed the name to The Goodwill Fangirl and focused on budget career dressing. Now that she works from home and no longer needs to change out of her pjs, she has morphed into Virtual Paralegalism, blogging about technology and geeky paralegal humor, as well as begging other legal peeps to take a virtual water cooler break with her during the day.
Lynne has an associate degree in Paralegal Technology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English. A former adjunct paralegal instructor at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for five years, she taught the civil injuries course, in addition to “Introduction to Paralegalism,” as well as family law and civil litigation classes. She has been an active member of several paralegal associations during her career, including serving on the Executive Board of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) Legal Assistant Division many times, and served an appointment to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification, ending her tenure from this awesome gig to see her youngest daughter through a successful bone marrow transplant.
Using the handle @ExpertParalegal
, Lynne enjoys micro-blogging and providing educational,and technology links (as well as observations on the daily minutia of working as a virtual paralegal) via Twitter.
Lynne loves to talk about paperless offices and telecommuting to anyone who will listen.