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Props to Paralegal CLE Planners

Props to Paralegal CLE Planners

Practical Paralegalism is about recognizing the behind-the-scenes movers and shakers in the legal world – the paralegals, legal assistants and other legal staffers that do so much to make their supervising attorneys, employers and professional organizations look good.

I’d like to recognize Elisabeth S. Lewis, Nicole F. Murray and Heather D. Kinrade (from left to right), the paralegal planners that organized the excellent CLE/CPE seminar, Workers’ Compensation for Paralegals: A Method to the Madness, for the North Carolina Bar Association on Friday, December 11, 2009.

Elisabeth and Nicole are employed by Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLC in Raleigh, NC, and Heather is employed by Young Moore and Henderson PA, also in Raleigh.

This was one of the best CLEs that I’ve attended in a long time (except maybe for the part where I had to deliver a speech about compensation issues in medical records right after lunch). The attendees were smart, lively and engaged, even playing a game of Gossip with Sallie.

The presenters were as follows:
  • Tracey H. Weaver, Executive Secretary of the N.C. Industrial Commission: “Administrative Rulings”
  • Sallie C. Mercer, CPCU, AIC, ARM, Director of Claims for Stonewood Insurance Company in Raleigh, NC: “Working Together…Workers’ Comp is a Small World”
  • H. Randolph Sumer, Attorney, Mullen Hollan & Cooper P.A., Gastonia, NC: “Ethics for Lawyers, ‘If I Wanted to be a Lawyer, I Would Have Gone to Law School'”
  • Lynne DeVenny, Senior Paralegal, Elliot Pishko Morgan P.A.: “Medical Records and Evidence: Key Issues for Compensation Issues”
  • Samuel A. Scudder, Attorney, Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, Raleigh, NC: “Mediation Perspectives and Paralegals in the Bilingual Office”
  • Jonathan C. Anders, Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog: “2009 Case Law Update”

I’ll be writing a short post about each speaker’s presentation, sharing a few highlights that not only North Carolina paralegals, but any paralegal working in the area of litigation may find useful or interesting.
(The speakers were all very gracious, despite me chasing them down after each presentation to get a headshot.)
I also got to meet one of my Twitter buddies, Tina Hughes (@tmhughes), the Assistant Director of CLE for the N.C. Bar Association.

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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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