Job Title: Certified Paralegal/Paralegal Specialist
Employer: United States Attorney’s Office located in Alexandria, Virginia
Years of Paralegal Experience: 8+ years
Specialty Areas: Criminal law (narcotics, gun, and gang cases); health care law and public policy
Career Highlights: In January 2009, I received the Certified Paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants after sitting for the exam. I was honored to receive a Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team, in December 2009.
Paralegal Practice Tips: It is hard to give just one, so here are a few key tips that I strive to meet every day: be organized; always ask for a deadline (an actual deadline, not when they would like it to be finished); and do not be afraid to learn something new-continually advancing your skill set is extremely important.
Favorite Internet Resources: I use Google every day. A few of my other favorite Internet sites are: http://www.thomas.gov/, http://www.pacer.gov/, and http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/.
Favorite Legal Software: Sanction Courtroom Presentation
Fun Fact: I love taking pictures when we travel. I normally come home with over 1,000 pictures from each trip. I just don’t have the heart to delete any of them. Do not worry, I do not print each picture.
Do you Twitter? Yes. Twitter handle: @heathrlee
Favorite Quote: "Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, 'I'm possible!'" ~ Audrey Hepburn
Professional Link: http://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherjlee
I met Heather via Twitter, which is a great way to interact with other legal professionals all over the country. I appreciate her doing this profile so much - it's a great way for both me and ya'll to get to know her better. If you're a legal support staffer - paralegal, legal assistant, legal secretary, administrative assistant, executive assistant, or one of the many other positions which provide critical support to lawyers, I'd love to have you do a profile, and help show the wonderful diversity of our profession. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll be glad to send you the questionnaire. I know it's quick and relatively painless - some people have sent completed questionnaires back within 15 minutes of receipt!