Virtual Paralegalism

The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism

Legal Secretary Files Discrimination Lawsuit against Jones Day

By Lynne Devenny | November 18, 2010

A legal secretary’s civil complaint against her former employer that includes allegations that associates treat legal staffers like servants might not raise any eyebrows – at least among legal staffers – but one alleging attorneys and management used racial slurs and the workplace is a hotbed of sexual scandal certainly will. In September 2010, legal…

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My Office Door Is “Closed” to You

By Lynne Devenny | November 18, 2010

Oh, Wait, My Cubicle Doesn’t Have One But if it did, it would so be closed. You guys know I strongly encourage paralegals to add some grammar police blog subscriptions to their RSS feed readers. Not only are they educational, but they’re great sources of belly laughs, at least for the grammar geeks amongst us.…

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Paralegal Profile: Lanice V. Heidbrink

By Lynne Devenny | November 18, 2010

Job Title: Assistant to Alice Mine, Assistant Executive Director, North Carolina State BarEmployer: North Carolina State Bar, Raleigh, NC Years of Paralegal Experience: 5 Education/Degrees: Bachelors in Business Administration – Columbia College, Columbia, MO; Paralegal Certificate from Meredith College, Raleigh, NC Specialty Areas: Administration Career Highlight: Being the Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association’s Student Chair for two…

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Good Things: Law Technology News and iPads

By Lynne Devenny | November 16, 2010

You guys know you can get Law Technology News (LTN), which is free, digitally delivered (save the trees!) to you each month, right? If you’re not currently subscribed, click here. The November issue has an especially interesting article by Wisconsin attorney Ross Kodner, “Independence Daze: The iPad is changing the terrain of remote practice.” As…

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There’s a Vicious Rumor Going ’round…

By Lynne Devenny | November 15, 2010

…that It’s National Clean Out Your Fridge DayThis is the last thing that any bona fide paralegal wants to learn at the end of a Monday spent answering The Interrogatories That Wouldn’t Quit (like the drafter thought there was going to be some kind of prize given for most subparts ever. Separate post coming on…

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Career Dressing 101: Budget Suit of the Week

By Lynne Devenny | November 14, 2010

After Huma Rashid, law student and rockin’ fashion stylist/blogger, recommended Shop It To Me, a site that acts as your “personal online shopper” by sending you email alerts when your favorite designer duds are on sale, I signed up. I admit I may have to adjust my settings after getting an email alert that a…

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Another Reason to Reconsider an Online Paralegal Education

By Lynne Devenny | November 14, 2010

Sometimes I get email from readers asking if I recommend online paralegal training programs, Kaplan in particular. I personally don’t know any Kaplan-trained paralegals, certainly not locally. Occasionally, I see posts by alleged Kaplan students on the national paralegal listservs, complaining about their inability to get hired, posts that would give me serious pause if…

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Legal Assistant Bikes to Work for Fun

By Lynne Devenny | November 14, 2010

It’s challenging enough for me to commute to work – and get there wearing matching shoes and a hairstyle that doesn’t make my co-workers ask if I lost my hairbrush – driving a car, even though it’s less than five miles from my house. I can hardly imagine trying to do it riding a bide.…

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First Legal Assistant to Join ABA Dies

By Lynne Devenny | November 14, 2010

Linda DeLange Bennett died of breast cancer on November 3, 2010, but not without leaving an impressive mark on the legal system. In 1983, Bennett was a major contributor to the Texas probate law guidelines, which were published by the State Bar of Texas to help non-lawyers navigate the probate system. Bennett was the first…

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Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2010 Unsung Legal Staff Heroes

By Lynne Devenny | November 14, 2010

I blog about so many legal staffers here at Practical Paralegalism because I strongly feel they are the unsung heroes of the legal profession. I loved reading that last week almost 300 people attended Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2010 Unsung Heroes celebration in Milwaukee, honoring 50 people in 10 different categories, including Legal Secretary of the…

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Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

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Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

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