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Paralegal Profile: Lorie J. Smith, Paralegal Today’s Spotlight for April/June 2010

Paralegal Profile:  Lorie J. Smith, Paralegal Today’s Spotlight for April/June 2010

Job Title: Paralegal

Employer: Hager & Associates Law Office, P.C., Wilmington, NC 28401
Years of Paralegal Experience: 1
Specialty Area: Family Law
Career Highlight: Winning the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Student Scholarship.
Paralegal Practice Tip: Wear comfortable shoes!
Favorite Internet Resource: for forms and court calendars
Favorite Legal Software: PCLaw is awesome for billing. We also use Amicus Attorney, and I find it is very user-friendly and easy for calendaring, leaving phone messages and tickling important dates.
Do you use social media resources, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or blogs, for career and/or case development?
I only use Facebook to play games – not at work, of course : ) I love Practical Paralegalism!! I don’t wanna slant this or anything but I really do love it. Great, up to date, reliable stuff (especially since I’m new) and keeps things on the light side. I love it on a bad day at the office – I’m gigglin’ anyway!
Favorite Quote: Never miss a really good opportunity to shut up.
I was privileged and honored to write the Paralegal Spotlight article about Lorie, “From Rock Bottom to Rock Star,” for the April/June 2010 issue of Paralegal Today. Since I first read about Lorie in the news last spring, she’s been one of my heroes, and I’m excited to share her story with Paralegal Today’s readers. She’s also become a friend through the power of social media.
Also, if you enjoy Practical Paralegalism and are a legal staffer, I could use your help in the form of a Paralegal Profile about you! It’s a great way to raise the profile of the paralegal profession and put faces to the many legal professionals out there who are the quiet and often unsung backbone of the practice of law. You don’t have to have years of experience or be the president of an association – all you have to do is be a hard-working legal staffer willing to share a little bit of your own experience in the form of answers to a short questionnaire. If you’re interested, please email me at

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Contact Info:

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

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

Email: lynne.devenny[at]

Telephone: 336-582-0003

Inquiries are welcome, with free quotes available.

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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