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Paralegal News Clips

Paralegal News Clips

Immigration paralegal Kelly Fisk and attorney Dan Alcorn of Alcorn Karlin, LLC in Galesburg, Illinois, recently attended the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas. (Galesburg Register-Mail)

■Montana resident Suzanne M. Damjanovich, a paralegal and office manager for Dalton Law Firm, P.C., has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of legal services.

With 17 years of professional experience, Ms. Damjanovich is responsible for litigation, drafting documents, mailing, scheduling, billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, time slips, ordering supplies and dictation. A certified notary public and paralegal, Ms. Damjanovich worked her way up from a receptionist position.


■New Hampshire resident Ida Keir, a paralegal studies major at Northern Essex Community College, made the Dean’s List for the 2009 spring term. (Foster’s Daily Democrat)

■New Jersey paralegal Zusette Dato received the Middlesex County College (MCC) Alumna of the Year Award, and was honored for her professional and volunteer work at a ceremony in mid-May. She has volunteered with the Domestic Violence Response Team in North Brunswick, the North Brunswick Parks and Recreation Committee, the North Brunswick Open Space Committee, the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the South Amboy Planning Board and the South Amboy Library Board. She works as a paralegal/officer manager with her husband, Robert Dato, a Woodbridge attorney. (Edison Sentinel)

■New York resident Debra Chase-Wegner, a 2009 graduate of Tompkins Cortland Community College was awarded the “West Publishing Company Award”. The award, sponsored by West Publishing, recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement in paralegal studies. (Ithaca Journal)

■North Carolina Legal Aid paralegal Roselle Margolis was honored at the YWCA of Lower Cape Fear 2009 Women of Achievement Awards held on May 22, 2009 and received the Public Service Award.

She has worked in the legal services field for over 30 years. She has been employed by Legal Aid since 1977 and since January 2005, she has been a Certified Paralegal / Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. – Battered Immigrant Project. This is a statewide project which she staffs in Wilmington. She enables empowerment by imparting legal and non-legal resources and preventive information. While at Legal Aid, she created free family law clinics that utilize staff, volunteer attorneys, and others willing to share information with the public. She is Past President of the North Carolina Pro Bono Coordinators Association and has been a mentor to literally hundreds of professionals who serve indigent families. She serves on the North Carolina Bar Association Public Services Advisory Committee and is a board member of the FEMA New Hanover County Emergency Food and Shelter Program and Voces Latinas. She has also received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

■A Madison Comprehensive High School senior, Emily Kash of Ohio, has been awarded a presidential (full) scholarship from North Central State College. She plans to complete paralegal studies at NCSC, then study prelaw at Ashland University and law at University of Toledo.
(Mansfield News Journal)

■West Virginia legal assistant and office manger Beth L. Thompson has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of legal administration.

Employed by her her husband, Richard Thompson, she is responsible for managing files, bookkeeping, working on legal cases and preparing for settlements and trials. She initially wanted to be a court reporter and pursued legal studies in college. She attributes her success to her faith in God. Ms. Thompson received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in 1991 and is a member of the Democratic Women’s Club of Wayne County. In her spare time, she supports the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society and Little League International.


■Carrie Smith has been hired as a probate assistant/paralegal by Remley & Sensenbrenner S.C. in Neenah, Wisconsin. (Appleton Post Crescent)


It’s important to recognize paralegals’ achievements and contributions. I love it when employers prepare press releases about their paralegal staff members, acknowledging both their accomplishments and their value to the legal team.

If you have news you’d like to share at Practical Paraleglism, including but not limited to, job announcements, graduations, awards, presentations, new ventures or projects, you can email me at and I’ll work with you to prepare an announcement.

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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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