Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Paralegal Profile: Satyra L. Riggins, CLA

Job Title: Litigation Paralegal

Employer: Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., Charlotte, NC

Years of Paralegal Experience: 14

Education/Degrees: Bachelor degree in Political Science from Baylor University

Specialty Areas: Civil Litigation

Career Highlight: I was the senior paralegal on a complex accounting fraud case involving over 1 million pages of data. I was responsible for coordinating depositions and deposition preparation during an intense nine-month discovery period involving over 80 depositions, both nationally and internationally. This discovery period was tough, but I felt a great sense of accomplishment when we finished that last deposition.

Paralegal Practice Tip: Make sure that you fully understand the scope of a project before beginning your work. If necessary, repeat the instructions back to your supervising attorney to ensure that both of you have the same interpretation of the project duties.

Favorite Internet Resource: LawGuru (http://www.lawguru.com/)

Favorite Legal Software: Caseologistix (http://www.caselogistix.com/)

Do you use social media resources, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or blogs, for career and/or case development?
I use LinkedIn for professional networking purposes. I network with paralegals and other legal professionals around the country. I have gained some great ideas and tips through these connections. In addition, I belong to several groups on LinkedIn where there are discussions on topics of interest to paralegals and other legal professionals.

I created Facebook and LinkedIn groups for the Metrolina Paralegal Association which is being used as a tool to update MPA members and other interested parties on the activities of the association.

Fun Fact: My husband is in the security alarm industry, and I am in the legal industry so some of our friends call us “Law and Order.”

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: My personal Blackberry. I love being able to get my emails without having to sit down at a desktop or laptop computer.

Favorite Quote: Never make someone a priority in your life, when they have only made you an option in theirs.

Paralegal/Legal Association Memberships: Metrolina Paralegal Association (Publicity Chair/Newsletter Editor) and National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

Professional Links: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=37958670&locale=en_US&trk=tab_pro

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