The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Job Title: Paralegal
Employer: Tharrington Smith, LLP, Raleigh, NC
Years of Paralegal Experience: 5
Education/Degrees: UNC Chapel Hill – B.A. in English; Duke University – Paralegal Certification
Specialty Areas: Family Law
Career Highlight: Joining Tharrington Smith, LLP. I love the people that I work with, and they have opened so many doors for me professionally.
Future Professional Goal: I would like to blend my experience as a family law paralegal with the social work field to help families in crisis.
Paralegal Practice Tip: Ask questions. Your colleagues are always your best resource.
Your Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress: A massage
Greatest Strength As a Legal Professional: Patience
Favorite Internet Resource: A city to county converter: It is simple, but so handy when you are trying to determine a small town’s county/district ~ http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/
Favorite Social Media Site: I was so inspired at the last Paralegal Division Council meeting, I recently joined LinkedIn and cannot stop playing with all of the features. A must have for today’s professional!
Fun Fact: I went skydiving on my 18th birthday.
Last Book You Read: Still Life with Woodpecker, Tom Robbins
Cat or Dog Person: Both, I love all animals!
|Dog, Larry Nelson & Cat, Kenny Rogers|
Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook: Coconut Cupcakes (look for Jill’s recipe on Saturday)
One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: My iPod
Paralegal/Legal Association Membership(s): North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section Liaison and Paralegal Division Council Member
Jill is one of the outstanding paralegal leaders I’ve met during my three-year appointment to the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Council, http://paralegaldivision.ncbar.org/. If you’re not currently a member of your state’s most active paralegal division, you should not only investigate membership, but also investigate activism in the association. Serving on a committee will expand your professional horizons and friendships in ways you can’t imagine. To this day, I remain in awe of the many paralegals who have given – and continue to give – their time to serve the NCBA Paralegal Division.