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The Paralegal Picture: Best Internet Quotes for the Week Ending 08/02/09

Lorie Pacheco is one of my paralegal heroes. In fact, I’ve blogged about her several times, and therefore, was really excited to see news of her formal graduation ceremony last week.

“When I came here, I had a bag with a T-shirt and a pair of underwear in it. That’s all I had to my name.” ~ Lorie Pacheco, a Wilmington, North Carolina paralegal, describes being homeless when she entered the paralegal program at Cape Fear Community College. She is already enrolled at UNC-Pembroke for the fall semester, to earn a bachelor’s degree in non-profit administration. (News 14.com)

A paralegal program director and instructor feels that the demand for paralegals is stable:

“I had two students hired after doing internships, and a lawyer opening a new office in Trenton just hired two paralegals. Irrespective of the downturn in the economy, except for real estate (paralegals) relating to closings and title searches, I still don’t see (the economy) affecting the paralegal field. Personal injury litigation and workers compensation representation have pretty much stayed the same.” ~ Robert “Bob” Switzer, head of the Paralegal Technology department at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, NC, discusses the increase in enrollment in the paralegal program and the good hiring prospects in his area. (Jacksonville Daily News)

A recent college graduate accepts a paralegal job but discussed the uncertainty that many new college graduates face in this economy:

“At graduation, the commencement speaker asked how many of us had gotten jobs, and maybe 20 percent raised their hands — and that was George Washington University. Only two or three of my friends had jobs after graduation. That worried me. Now, more and more people are starting to get them. Things are starting to happen. About a half-hour ago, I was offered a job and I accepted. I’m going to be working as a paralegal for a government agency. (Her prospective salary: roughly $40,000 — boosted by the fact that she graduated with honors. ‘That’s at the high end of anyone I know.’) A lot of people are accepting jobs that aren’t perfect. It’s not a great situation when you can barely pay the rent, but you are employed. I called my father to tell him about the offer I received. I told him I accepted immediately. He told me never to do that, but even he said, this is no time to follow that rule. I think now I’m cautiously optimistic about the future.” ~ Abbey Marr, a spring graduate of George Washington University, attended the 80 Million Strong for Young American Jobs summit in Washington, DC earlier this month and shared the uncertain perspective of new college graduates. (The Star-Ledger)

And finally, the Twitter quote of the week from Jeff Bannister, a Greenville, South Carolina process server, whose Twitter handle is @onebigrhino:

“I watched a paralegal stand beside a wife when her husband died. She had no family. That paralegal really made a difference.”

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Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

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Meet Lynne:

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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