The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Employer: Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan; Encino, CA
Years of Paralegal Experience: I’ve been working under the “Paralegal” title since 2006, when I received my Paralegal Certificate, Corporations Specialty from the University of West Los Angeles, School of Paralegal Studies. However, I’ve been doing paralegal-level work since 2003.
Career Highlight: Last year I overcame my fear of public speaking by co-presenting “The Red Flag Rules and other Privacy and Identity Theft Issues – Health Care Organization Compliance” to members of the Healthcare Financial Management Association in Riverside, California. Since then, I have become the resident go-to person for issues related to medical and other identity theft and security breach notification requirements.
Paralegal Practice Tip: Whether you work in-house or for a law firm, make sure the attorneys with whom you work are aware of your abilities and use you to the fullest of your potential. For me, there is nothing worse than hearing, often after the fact, “Oh, I didn’t know you could do that.” As intelligent as they are, attorneys often have no clue that there are some tasks that can be delegated to competent and resourceful paralegals. Paralegal underutilization is one of my biggest professional pet-peeves.
Favorite Internet Resource: As a corporate paralegal often dealing with legal entities in multiple states, I frequent “State and Local Government on the Net” (http://www.statelocalgov.net/50states-secretary-state.cfm). It provides, at no cost, links to official state, county and city government websites – all on one easy-to-use page.
Fun Fact: I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a book comprising essays on various topics (mostly autobiographical) for the past 10 years. The only thing holding me back is that when I actually do have the time to sit down and write, I have nothing interesting to say.
Do you Twitter? No. Facebook has already taken over my life, and if I add Twitter to the mix, I’m afraid I’ll forget to shower in the morning.
Favorite Quote: “Never let it be said that your anal-retentive attention to detail never yielded positive results.” – Dogma. I’ve always loved this quote because, generally speaking, being anal-retentive is mocked. I wholeheartedly disagree. I’ve always found it to be an asset. Annoying, yes. But an asset nonetheless.
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