Taye Akinola

Desired Job Title: Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal
Current Paralegal Program
: Graduate Certificate, Texas State University-San Marcos, ABA-approved

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2012

Education/Degrees:  BA in graphic design; graduate certificate in deaf history; MA in deaf studies

Desired Specialty Areas: Intellectual Property and eDiscovery

Academic Highlight: Favorite class – Intellectual Property

Future Professional Goals: To work as a Paralegal Manager/Supervisor in a law firm in the field of IP and eDiscovery; become certified as a Core Registered Paralegal (CRP) and then Registered Paralegal, both from NFPA; certified as a Certified Paralegal (CP) and then Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) [in the area of Discovery and Trademark] both from NALA; and certified as a Certified E-Discovery Specialist from ACEDS.

Paralegal Student Tip: Look for free online tutorial trainings to assist you in becoming a better paralegal and gain new skills.

Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress: Volunteering and drinking a hot beverage from Starbucks Coffee
Greatest Strength As a Paralegal Student: Legal research
Favorite Internet Resource: Westlaw eLearning Center: http://www.westelearning.com/rc2/login.asp?

Favorite Legal Software: Westlaw
Favorite Social Media Site: LinkedIn, because I can interact with my colleagues (new and experienced paralegals) to discuss the future and get various tips for the paralegal profession.

Fun Fact: I am a twin, and I really like the TV show, Glee.

Last Book You Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Slook

Cat or Dog Person: While I do not own a pet, I am a dog person

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: MacBook Pro

Favorite Quote: This is my favorite quote at the moment: “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

Paralegal/Legal Association Membership(s): I am currently not a member of any paralegal associations, but I plan to join NALA, NFPA, and State of Texas – Paralegal Division

Professional Link(s): http://www.linkedin.com/in/takinola
Many thanks to Taye for completing one of Practical Paralegalism’s first paralegal student profiles. I know many of my readers are students, and I’d love to feature more of you in upcoming weekly profiles. For more information, see “Practical Paralegalism Welcomes Paralegal Student Profiles.”

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