After graduating with honors from Rider College (now University) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education, I taught at the high school level. Coming up on my tenure year, I realized that teaching did not hold enough diversity or challenge for me and I could not condemn myself to the unending boredom of “a-a-a-space,” not to mention dictating in time with a metronome. I became a legal secretary to find out if becoming a lawyer was something I could devote my working life to. It was not, but I nonetheless found my calling.
At that time, “paralegal” did not exist as a career option. Fortunately, while working in Washington, DC for the head of Steptoe & Johnson’s Transportation Division I had the opportunity to meet various top-notch attorneys who provided training so that I could assist them in non-secretarial areas (such as cite checking, shepardizing, researching policies and procedures for various courts and administrative agencies, etc.). Those abilities coupled with my secretarial skills, computer knowledge, and natural organizational tendencies put me in demand by other senior partners at the law firm. A short time later, Steptoe & Johnson created an “Assistant” position for the work I was then doing and I assumed that position.
A couple of years later, I relocated to Reno, Nevada to join attorneys from Steptoe & Johnson who had returned to Nevada, their home state, and started a law firm. For the past almost forty years, I have continued working in law firms in Reno, Nevada, honing my knowledge of personal injury, domestic relations, civil litigation, business formations, contract, and probate matters, among others. In addition, I received Paralegal Certification from the University of Nevada.
I love working as a paralegal! Diversity and challenge are no longer something I seek. They just fall into my lap. Almost daily.
In my free time, whenever I can find any, I enjoy sleeping.