Job Title: Paralegal
Employer: Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., Charlotte, NC
Years of Paralegal Experience: 11
Education/Degrees: Associate degree – Paralegal Studies, Harper College, Palatine, IL
Specialty Areas: Workers’ Compensation/Personal Injury
Career Highlight: I attended a CLE seminar by the North Carolina Bar Association in December 2009, “Workers’ Compensation, A Method to the Madness,” and met Tracey Weaver, the former Executive Secretary of the NC Industrial Commission. I walked up to her to introduce myself and when she saw my name tag, she said, “Oh I know you.” I was like what? OMG the Executive Secretary knows my name! I was so impressed. I also got to meet my mentor, Lynne DeVenny, who did an amazing presentation on medical records….:-)
Paralegal Practice Tip: Document, Document, Document…and then Document again! Develop a close personal relationship with your calendaring software and the notes section of your case management software. I cannot tell you how many times these two things have saved my neck!
Favorite Internet Resources for Work: www.legalassistanttoday.com/lat-forum and www.solosez.net. I cannot begin to tell you have much I have learned from these two list servs and the willingness of the professionals to share. They have been completely invaluable!
Favorite Legal Software: We use Time Matters by LexisNexis, http://www.lexisnexis.com/government/solutions/litigation/time-matters.aspx
Favorite Social Media Site: I use every social media product I can find. You just never know where your next piece of useful information, potential job lead, or friend is going to come from!
One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: The coffee pot!
Favorite Quote: “You’re kidding me?”
Paralegal/Legal Association Memberships: North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division, http://paralegaldivision.ncbar.org/, and working on joining a few others!
Professional Links: www.ramsaylawfirm.com; http://www.linkedin.com/pub/donna-olson/13/956/71b