|Shon in front of the Supreme Court in March 2011|
Job Title: Consultant/Legal Brief Writer
Employer: Cockle Law Brief Printing Company, Precedential Paralegal LLC (co-owner); Omaha, NE
Years of Paralegal Experience: 11
Education/Degrees: Will receive B.S. Legal Studies from Bellevue University in June of this year, and then will be a J.D. candidate at the University of Washington School of Law
Specialty Areas: Appellate Advocacy, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law (To understand my background, check out this New York Times article, www.nytimes/2010/02/09/us/09bar.html)
Career Highlight: Had the U.S. Supreme Court grant two petitions I had prepared
Future Professional Goal: Work as an appellate attorney
Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress: Reading books and taking long walks with my wife.
What Is Your Greatest Strength as a Legal Professional? The ability to communicate is my strength. I spend most of my days either talking on the phone with an attorney or one of the Supreme Court’s clerks, or writing an argument or blog article. In each instance, I communicate my point clearly and concisely. Personalization is always important whether you’re talking on the phone or writing a brief. Remember the details about people, and they will love you for it.
Favorite Legal Software: After doing all my legal research for ten years from a prison library that contained no computers, I must say that I enjoy Westlaw and Lexis. They save me a tremendous amount of time.
Favorite Social Media Site: I like Facebook because I can see what my friends are up to. I can see pictures of their children, and we can share a little bit of our lives with others.
Fun Fact: I spent ten years in federal prison, and now I am friends with one current prosecutor and one former prosecutor.
Last Book You Read: Driven by Eternity, by John Bevere (This book made me realize what is important in this short life we have.)
Cat or Dog Person: Neither. But if I had to choose, it would be a dog.
One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: Blackberry
Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13