I blog about so many legal staffers here at Practical Paralegalism because I strongly feel they are the unsung heroes of the legal profession. I loved reading that last week almost 300 people attended Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2010 Unsung Heroes celebration in Milwaukee, honoring 50 people in 10 different categories, including Legal Secretary of the Year, Heidi Buttchen, and Paralegal of the Year, Carolyn Simpson. All of the honorees are the wonderful and indispensable people who provide crucial support to attorneys, including court clerks, IT specialists, law librarians, and firm administrators.
Paralegal Category Carolyn Simpson, a prosecution specialist/paralegal at Foley & Lardner LLP since 2003, is an expert in IP filings with the USPTO and “is trusted and valued by colleagues throughout the intellectual property department.” Paralegal honorees are Kimberly Finnigan, Rachelle Hocking, Theresa Lenz, Renee Nehring, Lisa Stewart-Boettcher, Chantelle Stocco, and Beth Zimmermann.
Client service and zealous representation are attributes sought in attorneys. But when these attributes are found in a paralegal who combines them with superior administrative skills, a work ethic that does not quit until the job is done right and a pleasant attitude, it makes our job as attorneys easy. Chantelle Stocco chose to focus her work on complex litigation matters such as
patent litigation, professional liability and product liability litigation. This kind of commitment is not often found and when it is, it deserves recognition. She is the definition of reliability and dependability. It is this always willing to step up to the plate, can-do approach to her work that makes us proud to nominate Chantelle Stocco.
My favorite quote from the Legal Secretary Honoree’s section is attorney Earl Munson’s description of Jane Ames:
…She corrects my errors, makes sure that briefs are in proper form, suggests changes in my letters, and is sought out by other lawyers and secretaries for help. I often receive comments from other lawyers in the office that “she is awesome.”