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Paralegal Student Profile: Taye Akinola

Paralegal Student Profile:  Taye Akinola
Taye Akinola

Desired Job Title: Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal
Current Paralegal Program
: Graduate Certificate, Texas State University-San Marcos, ABA-approved
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2012
Education/Degrees:  BA in graphic design; graduate certificate in deaf history; MA in deaf studies
Desired Specialty Areas: Intellectual Property and eDiscovery
Academic Highlight: Favorite class – Intellectual Property
Future Professional Goals: To work as a Paralegal Manager/Supervisor in a law firm in the field of IP and eDiscovery; become certified as a Core Registered Paralegal (CRP) and then Registered Paralegal, both from NFPA; certified as a Certified Paralegal (CP) and then Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) [in the area of Discovery and Trademark] both from NALA; and certified as a Certified E-Discovery Specialist from ACEDS.

Paralegal Student Tip: Look for free online tutorial trainings to assist you in becoming a better paralegal and gain new skills.

Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress: Volunteering and drinking a hot beverage from Starbucks Coffee
Greatest Strength As a Paralegal Student: Legal research
Favorite Internet Resource: Westlaw eLearning Center:
Favorite Legal Software: Westlaw
Favorite Social Media Site: LinkedIn, because I can interact with my colleagues (new and experienced paralegals) to discuss the future and get various tips for the paralegal profession.
Fun Fact: I am a twin, and I really like the TV show, Glee.
Last Book You Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Slook
Cat or Dog Person: While I do not own a pet, I am a dog person

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: MacBook Pro
Favorite Quote: This is my favorite quote at the moment: “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”
Paralegal/Legal Association Membership(s): I am currently not a member of any paralegal associations, but I plan to join NALA, NFPA, and State of Texas – Paralegal Division
Professional Link(s):
Many thanks to Taye for completing one of Practical Paralegalism’s first paralegal student profiles. I know many of my readers are students, and I’d love to feature more of you in upcoming weekly profiles. For more information, see “Practical Paralegalism Welcomes Paralegal Student Profiles.”

3 Responses to Paralegal Student Profile: Taye Akinola

  1. Taye,

    It's so great to see you profiled on Practical Paralegalism! I wish you all the best in your paralegal career. Your enthusiasm for the professon is truly refreshing Looking forward to watching you grow in future years.


  2. Lynne:

    I recently started a new website geared towards discussing alternative avenues to a traditional four year degree and as part of that site I am looking at interesting career options. One career that I am look at is the paralegal profession and I am going around doing some research to learn more and do my best to make my site more useful.

    Please note my site is brand new and not really ready for consumption. I came across your paralegal student and paralegal professional spotlight and am curious as to the purpose or intent of this feature. I realize your are no longer doing the paralegal subject focus and that you have switched…but I was looking for feedback on the rationale behind the feature to see if it is something that I should look to incorporate with my site at a later date.

    Thank you.

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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