Yolanda Smith

Job Title:  Paralegal

Employer:  NC State University, Raleigh, NC
Years of Paralegal Experience: 14
Education/Degrees:  Currently attending South University, B.S. in Legal Studies; Paralegal Certificate from UNC-Chapel Hill
Specialty Areas:  Litigation, Education Law
Career Highlight:  I earned my CP and my specialty in litigation from the National Association of Legal Assistants, http://www.nala.org/, in 1995.
A Koi pond in your purse

Paralegal Practice Tip:  Always be willing to learn something new and be willing to step outside of your comfort zone.

Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress:  Playing with my Pocket Pond App.  

Greatest Strength As a Legal Professional:  The ability to be objective.

Favorite Internet Resource:  Accurint – http://www.accurint.com/  Great resource for finding people, assets and other information
Favorite Legal Software:  Summation – http://accessdata.com/ Document management software. Great for document intensive cases.  
Fun Fact:  I’ve been knitting the same scarf for three years.  Maybe that’s a sad fact.
Last Book You Read:  The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It starts slow but gets better.
Cat or Dog Person:  Cat, although I’m allergic.
Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook:  Lasagna.  I make my sauce from scratch.  It takes forever but is so worth it!
One Gadget You Can’t Live Without:  My iPad!
Favorite Quote:  Perception is reality.
Paralegal/Legal Association Membership(s):  North Carolina Paralegal Association (NCPA); Paralegal Division of the North Carolina Bar Association
Professional Link(s): www.linkedin.com/pub/yolanda-smith/9/812/9a1, www.ncsu.edu/general_counsel/staff/bio.php
Many thanks to Yolanda, also the current Chair of the N.C. Bar Association Paralegal Division, for taking the time from her busy schedule to share her profile with Practical Paralegalism’s readers. This weekly legal support staffer profile doesn’t work at all without contributions from you guys. If you’re reading this now and work in any legal support staff position, I’d love to have your profile so that I can keep highlighting the terrific people that make lawyers look so good every day. The quick and easy questionnaire can be found at http://www.practicalparalegalism.com/p/paralegal-profile-questionnaire.html.

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