How One Paralegal Student is Making Her Mark
Published on April 16, 2013 by Peter Tomala
One current Broadview University-West Jordan student is already making a mark in the industry. To be fair, paralegal degree student Lynette Foley has been making a difference for over 30 years. As a testament to her experience, Lynette recently published an article entitled, “Paralegal Organization of the Sole Practitioner Law Office” in the Utah Paralegal Association’s newsletter.
Lynette has earned her Certified Professional Legal Secretary credential from The Association for Legal Professionals and has been working in law firms and corporations. In her article, she reflected on the role of a paralegal.
The article focused on giving attorneys tips about what they may need to analyze before starting a practice. She geared her article toward attorneys that may not have very much capital to start a business in the first place, and how a paralegal can help remedy a lot of the issues attorneys face.
She discusses the importance of conflict checking procedures and suggests making the procedure part of the firm’s routine. She offers attorneys inexpensive examples of how they could simply use an excel spreadsheet to do their conflict checking. She digs deeply into the different processes attorneys must examine before starting their law practice.
Lynette has had substantial experience in the industry and she is now able to share what she has learned through her professional experience and in the classroom to help others achieve their goals. Lynette is a natural leader and is enthusiastic about being a paralegal. She consistently encourages her peers to get out and volunteer and get experience wherever they can. She invites them to paralegal events and tries to give back to her community.
Lynette is now matching a college degree to her experience, and will graduate from Broadview University in June 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. Lynette plans to take the CP exam in September 2013. She is also a member of Legal Secretaries International Inc., and is currently employed as a project coordinator for a national hospice company.
Contributed by Paralegal Program Chair Michelle Quist, Broadview University-West Jordan