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Primo Paralegal Shoutouts

Primo Paralegal Shoutouts

As always, it’s an honor and a pleasure to share the achievements of paralegals and paralegal students all over the country. Special thanks to those of you who contacted me directly with your news.

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One reader recently emailed me and said, “I hate to toot my own horn!” I responded that it’s important for us to share our good news, especially in these tough times. Your horn plays music to our ears and gives us a chance to do a little happy dance (even if it’s at our overloaded desks). The paralegal community is here to support its members in good times as well as bad ones.

Arizona paralegal Pamela Anders has passed the CLA/CP exam, and is now designated as a Certified Paralegal. Ms. Anders, who earned her associate of paralegal studies from National Paralegal College, is a contract paralegal in Phoenix, specializing in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and business. She can be found at

Arizona paralegal Laura Taggart has joined Pro-Link GLOBAL, Inc. She has nine years of paralegal experience and a paralegal certificate from Arizona Paralegal Training Program, in addition to a bachelor’s degree in French from San Francisco State University. (PR Web)

Illinois resident Carol Nelson graduated with honors from Illinois Central College with her post-degree certificate in paralegal studies. Ms. Nelson is currently employed as a paralegal with Cassidy & Mueller in Peoria.

Illinois paralegal student Shenetra Franklin, won third place and a $200 book scholarship in the 10-week 2009 Saluki’s Healthiest Loser program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. (The Southern)

Southwestern Illinois College Paralegal Studies students answered the national call to service recently during a recent fund-raiser in Belleville.

Jennifer Cruise and Meghan Biggs of Granite City and Susan Boester, Erin Dix and Patty Taylor of Belleville were among 13 SWIC students who served as volunteer race guides at the eighth annual Law Day Run on May 1.

SWIC Assistant Professor of Business Law/Paralegal Studies Christie Highlander helped the cause as well, running the 5K race.

The St. Clair County Bar Association hosts the annual event to raise funds for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois. (Madison County Record)

Maryland resident Dina Leonso obtained an associate of applied science in paralegal studies from Kaplan University. (Annapolis Capital)

Massachusetts resident Jennifer N. Linscott graduated from Northern Essex Community College with an associate’s degree in science (paralegal studies career option) with honors.

Massachusetts resident Diana D. Roix graduated from Northern Essex Community College with an associate’s degree in science (paralegal studies career option) with high honors. (North Andover Citizen)

The following have been have been elected officers of Tulsa, Okla.-based NALS, the Association of Legal Professionals: Beverly Bishop, president-elect of NALS of Michigan, and Kathleen Amirante, national secretary/treasurer. In addition, the following have been elected NALS of Lansing officers: Michele David, president; Rhonda Mask, vice president; Deborah Sipperly, secretary; Brandy Kline, treasurer; Deborah Surls, governor; and Jeannette Ransom, parliamentarian. (Lansing State Journal)

Tennessee paralegal Linda Jones, employed by Milligan & Coleman, successfully completed the two-day Certified Paralegal examination, the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. She has an associate of applied science degree in paralegal studies from Walters State Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University. (The Greenville Sun)

Tennessee paralegal Jennifer Tlumak received the 2009 Young Leader Award from the Tennessee Alliance for Progress for her efforts as an advocate for children’s health services. She is a paralegal and client advocate at the Tennessee Justice Center. (The Tennessean)

Virginian Michelle C. Wilson has earned her CLA/CP designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants. She is the paralegal studies subject area coordinator at Bryant & Stratton College. (Richmond Times Dispatch)

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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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