Jill Nelson

Job Title: Paralegal

Employer: Tharrington Smith, LLP, Raleigh, NC

Years of Paralegal Experience: 5

Education/Degrees: UNC Chapel Hill – B.A. in English; Duke University – Paralegal Certification

Specialty Areas: Family Law

Career Highlight: Joining Tharrington Smith, LLP. I love the people that I work with, and they have opened so many doors for me professionally.

Future Professional Goal: I would like to blend my experience as a family law paralegal with the social work field to help families in crisis.

Paralegal Practice Tip: Ask questions. Your colleagues are always your best resource.

Your Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress: A massage

Greatest Strength As a Legal Professional: Patience

Favorite Internet Resource: A city to county converter: It is simple, but so handy when you are trying to determine a small town’s county/district ~ http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/

Favorite Social Media Site: I was so inspired at the last Paralegal Division Council meeting, I recently joined LinkedIn and cannot stop playing with all of the features. A must have for today’s professional!

Fun Fact: I went skydiving on my 18th birthday.

Last Book You Read: Still Life with Woodpecker, Tom Robbins

Cat or Dog Person: Both, I love all animals!

Dog, Larry Nelson & Cat, Kenny Rogers

Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook: Coconut Cupcakes (look for Jill’s recipe on Saturday)

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: My iPod

Paralegal/Legal Association Membership(s): North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section Liaison and Paralegal Division Council Member

Jill is one of the outstanding paralegal leaders I’ve met during my three-year appointment to the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Council, http://paralegaldivision.ncbar.org/. If you’re not currently a member of your state’s most active paralegal division, you should not only investigate membership, but also investigate activism in the association. Serving on a committee will expand your professional horizons and friendships in ways you can’t imagine. To this day, I remain in awe of the many paralegals who have given – and continue to give – their time to serve the NCBA Paralegal Division.

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