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published December 09, 2013
"My hobbies and interests outside of work include: domestic and international travel (most recent trip was in June to Cape Town, South Africa), gardening, community service related to local area non-profit organizations dealing with domestic violence and addressing the needs of low income people. I volunteer one day a week at Colorado Legal Services, an organization serving the low-income and 60+ population in the Denver metro area. In addition, I serve as the National Federation of Paralegal Association's Leadership Training Coordinator and I am co-chair of the Colorado Bar Association's Paralegal Committee."
"I chose to become a paralegal while working at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Denver as a Courtroom Deputy for three years. Shortly after receiving my paralegal certificate, I sought out an entry level litigation paralegal position within a Denver based law firm.I have always been intrigued with the legal process (started out watching the Perry Mason episodes on TV!) and the ability for the system to be impartial for individuals seeking a remedy to their legal issue."
"I was formerly associated with the oil and gas business as a petroleum landman in the 1980s for three different oil and gas companies in Denver. I found the business exciting, competitive and challenging, allowing me to grow within the profession. I worked closely with geologists and was involved in extensive lease acquisition programs, managing field brokers, and negotiations with other industry leaders related to participation in drilling programs while overseeing payment of royalty payments to lessors."
"As a Courtroom Deputy, I learned and gained a better understanding of bankruptcy law and the ability to manage several hundred cases on the docket at one time. In addition, I had the opportunity to interact with the general public answering questions related to the court's bankruptcy best practice standards - I developed more transparent communication skills and gained self confidence related to my abilities to exceed my expectations of the responsibilities associated with my job."
"There are several cases that I have participated as a member of the legal team and many of them involved energy related company disputes including oil and gas royalty issues related to underpayment of royalties. Managing the data related to numerous class members is a challenge and absolute necessity to litigate the issues involved in this specialized area of law. Many of these cases have been appealed to the respective appellate courts within their home jurisdictions. The contributions I made as a member of the legal team provides me motivation to continue in my role as a paralegal."
"The latest technology has provided me the ability to successfully manage the cases that I currently work on with teams of attorneys. Technology is an important resource and tool that I use every day to be more efficient and effective in my role as a paralegal at my law firm from collection to production of the data. The ability to share data with expert witnesses and clients has exponentially increased my effectiveness as a member of the legal team."
"I would like to continue to expand and enhance my skill-set as a litigation paralegal. I especially enjoy the responsibility of being the liaison between lay and expert witnesses and the attorneys I work with related to informational questions posed by the witnesses. I am also a very detailed and inquisitive paralegal and would like to be more involved in legal research projects and development of case strategies. The legal profession is stressful but passion often trumps the challenge of stress."
"I got interested in discussing computerized litigation because of the many benefits I have derived from this resource during my career. Typically the types of cases I most often work on include a huge quantity of data to organize, analyze and maintain during the pendency of the litigation. As a former music teacher, I enjoy interacting with other professionals and sharing experiences that will help them in their careers."
"In June 2012, I began with assisting Metro Volunteer Lawyers in two metro Denver counties during Permanent Orders' hearings related to domestic issues with an assigned pro bono attorney. In addition, I assisted (under the direction of a pro bono attorney) potential clients completing the necessary forms to file for domestic actions including a dissolution of a marriage. I began assisting with domestic intakes at Colorado Legal Services in November 2012.
I feel very gratified when I am able to help and receive a thank you acknowledgement from an individual knowing that I made a difference in their life who has reached out for legal assistance under the direction of an attorney to resolve an important issue in their life. Their life will be better because of the legal assistance they were able to obtain within their own community."
"I am most proud of the Denver Foundation, Minoru Yasui Community Service Award because Mayor Hickenlooper (he is now the current Governor of Colorado) of the City and County of Denver presented me with a medallion and a Proclamation that on April 27, 2006 it was to be known "Debra Hindin-King Day in Denver, Colorado" for my volunteer contributions in the Denver community to various non-profit organizations. I knew this was truly a special moment for an unsung hero because my friends and colleagues attended the award's ceremony to join me for this special recognition for contributions I made to the community.
I am also proud and honored to receive the 2013 William R. Robie Leadership Award at the NFPA Convention held in October 2013 in Hartford, Connecticut. To me this award signifies my contributions to the paralegal profession including mentoring and training new attorneys and recent paralegal graduates, leadership roles in professional organizations as well as community service. Chief Immigration Robie was a District Court for the Southern District of California, a role model who believed that all people should have equal access to justice. He recognized individuals with special talents who upheld his philosophy and passion of the judicial system while displaying genuine leadership qualities."
"I feel very humble and proud to have received two national awards given by NFPA for my contributions to the paralegal profession. The many individuals who have encouraged me during my tenure as a paralegal should also share in both of these special awards. It has been a gratifying life journey I have chosen to pursue for the past 24 years."
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