About Me

Lynne J. DeVenny, is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal, currently working as an immigration and litigation paralegal. She is a nationally recognized writer, speaker and advocate for the paralegal profession.  She has over 25 years of legal experience, and specializes in immigration law, workers’ compensation, serious civil injuries, wrongful death cases, and Social Security disability cases. 

Lynne co-authored a national textbook, Workers’ Compensation Practice for Paralegals (Carolina Academic Press, 2008), with her supervising attorney, J. Griffin Morgan.  The book has been well-reviewed by legal professionals and has been adopted by a number of paralegal programs nationwide. Also available at Amazon.com, the book is not just a primary workers’ compensation text, but provides essential information applicable to the management of any civil case involving bodily or personal injuries, including how to organize, review and summarize medical records; conduct a substantive and meaningful review of medical and factual evidence; and prepare for mediations and hearings.

A passionate proponent of the paralegal profession and social media, Lynne promoted paralegal news, education, career development and community here at the blog formerly known Practical Paralegalism. Because most people were more interested in her mostly thrifted work wardrobe, she changed the name to The Goodwill Fangirl and focuses on budget career dressing. 

Lynne has an associate degree in Paralegal Technology, as well as a bachelor's degree in English. A former adjunct paralegal instructor at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for five years, she taught the civil injuries course, in addition to “Introduction to Paralegalism,” as well as family law and civil litigation classes.  She has been an active member of several paralegal associations during her career, including serving on the Executive Board of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) Legal Assistant Division many times, and served an appointment to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification.

Using the handle @ExpertParalegal, Lynne enjoys micro-blogging and providing educational,and technology links (as well as observations on the daily minutia of working as a paralegal and raising teen girls) via Twitter.

Lynne loves to talk about Twitter, RSS feed readers, paperless offices, and her iPad to anyone who will listen. She also loves to hear from other legal professionals and/or budget fashionistas and can be contacted as follows: