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The Paralegal Picture: Best Internet Quotes for the Week Ending 04/04/09

The Paralegal Picture: Best Internet Quotes for the Week Ending 04/04/09

This week’s quotes focus on the recession, quality of life and service to others. The economy has hit everyone hard, but in particular, low-income individuals and the non-profit legal agencies that struggle to keep them from losing essential needs, including child support or a place to live. A paralegal contributes to a service project to help another group of individuals hit hard by the economy: homeless veterans. A single mom and full-time paralegal adds college student and a lengthy commute to her already hectic schedule, while another paralegal finds that writing in a journal is fulfilling. A paralegal has participated in her neighborhood’s annual spring yard sale for 14 years and reminds us that a yard sale can be a good way to bring in some extra cash. Finally, a paralegal gets a surprising and creative marriage proposal on her way to work.

“It’s hard. By that point, all you can do is offer a listening ear.” ~ Virginia intake paralegal, Courtney Sinnett, employed by Blue Ridge Legal Services in Harrisonburg, discusses having no choice but to turn away people due to the clinic’s shortage of staff. The clinic had to turn away 180 people in a three-month period. (The Daily News Record)

“[Legal aid programs] make a real difference in the lives of low-income families by helping them resolve everyday legal matters, including family law, housing and homelessness, education and juvenile law, consumer issues and foreclosures affecting low-income homeowners and low-income renters.” ~ Maria Huertas, a legal assistant for Connecticut Legal Services in New Britain, testified about the desperate need for funding of non-profit legal aid programs during a state legislature judiciary hearing last week. Of note, staff members at Connecticut Legal Services voluntarily took 20 percent pay cuts, and managers took even larger cuts. (The Herald)

“Our goal was to come up with 250 starter kits for each one of the veterans. We wanted to show our gratitude and appreciation for their services as members of the armed forces.” ~ New England paralegal Cheryl A. Leon, who participated in a service project for the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston. (Revere Journal)

“I want a house with a basketball court, a normal home for my son. I’m not like your everyday student. I can’t share a house with three other people; it just doesn’t work when you’ve got a kid. Some nights I use the drive to catch up with old friends. We chit chat so I stay awake and sometimes I use it just to think or brainstorm. There is not much time to think when you have school, a full-time job and a son.” ~ Kansas paralegal Jill Ethridge, employed full-time at Gillett Law Office, who has returned school at the University of Kansas to earn a bachelor’s degree in English. (The University Daily Kansan)

“I’ve always dreamed of being a famous novelist. But since my career path swerved in a totally different direction—I became a legal assistant — I began journaling and learned to use my writing skills for my own therapeutic benefit and enjoyment. Even though I never became a novel writer, expressing my life through words still gives me that same feeling of escape.” — Pennsylvania legal assistant Rebecca G. Swavely, was quoted in a Redbook article, “The Simple Secret to a Happier Life”, even if life didn’t turn out exactly like you hoped. (

Pennsylvania paralegal Mary Williams “has been doing [her neighborhood’s annual yard] sales for 14 years, mainly to get rid of unwanted items. She says she usually makes about $250, which she uses ‘to go out to lunch, go shopping.’” ( This is a good time of year to have a solo yard sale, or coordinate one with your neighbors. Multi-task by de-cluttering your home, offering items to people who will put them to good use, and making a few extra bucks to pay bills, save for a rainy day, or have a special family night out.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ And by the time I got to my office, I was boo-hooing and calling him and telling him yes.” ~ Louisiana paralegal Kristi Saurage’s fiancée posted 100 yard sale signs along her route to work last week, saying, “Kristi, MARRY ME? I want my best friend for life. John.” (I’m feeling a bit weepy myself. Congratulations, Kristi and John!) (The

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