Sami Hartsfield

Job Title:  Paralegal

Employer:  Insurance defense firm (confidential due my blogging agreement with my employer)

Years of Paralegal Experience:  5

Education/Degrees:  AAS Paralegal Studies (4.0); UH Law Center’s Summer 2008 Prelaw Institute (4.0); BS Political Science (3.9)

Specialty Areas:  Personal Injury, litigation

Career Highlight:  Winning the Houston Association of Legal Professionals‘ “Rookie of the Year” award in 2006, and being published in the Texas Paralegal Journal in 2008.

Future Professional Goals:  Excel at my career, help grow my firm, learn something new every day, help make the attorneys’ jobs easier, and finish my book! Also, help the newbies and not be selfish or territorial with my knowledge!

Paralegal Practice Tip:  Figure out how to make the attorneys’ jobs easier without being asked.

Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress:  Listening to Mozart

Greatest Strengths as a Legal Professional:  Intelligent creativity, poise, writing

Favorite Internet Resource:  Craig Ball’s Sampler of Discovery Links,

Favorite Legal Software:  Actually have not found the perfect one even though I’ve worked with many, so feel free to send free demos my way, and I’ll give them a test-drive for ya, maybe even a free review.

Favorite Social Media Site:  Facebook — over 500 million users and counting — how else to reach so many so easily?  LinkedIn is great too for the groups.

Fun Fact about You:  I have a very discreet, well-hidden tattoo of my kids’ names somewhere on my body.

Last Book You Read:  How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie (recommended!!)

Cat or Dog Person:  CAT

Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook:  Southern fried chicken with the artery-choking heavy white gravy

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without:  Internet — duh :>

Favorite Quote:  “You create your own universe as you go along.” ~ Winston Churchill (and I would add to that to take care because you affect others’ as well ~ Samism)

Paralegal/Legal Association Memberships:  NALA, American Association of Notaries, Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association, State Bar of Texas – Paralegal Division, Electronic Data Extraction Network (EDEN)

Professional Links: LegallyBlog®,

As always, Practical Paralegalism is wildly grateful to any legal staffer willing to take the time to complete the quick and easy profile questionnaire at and share a little about his or her career with this blawg’s readers. I hope you’ll check out Sami’s website LegallyBlog® (see link above) and welcome her to the blawgosphere, if you haven’t already!

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