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Practical Paralegalism — blog paralegal profile by Lynne DeVenny

12 November 2011

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but our gracious friend and nationally known paralegal Lynne DeVenny profiled moi in September. I thought I’d reprint it here with her generous permission. I highly recommend visiting her blog as well–Practical Paralegalism–chock full of utililitarian and interesting facts about the paralegal field. Even if you are not a paralegal nor work in the field, it’s nonetheless a great blog to visit and learn useful and “real” from-the-trenches legal facts.

Lynne’s blog bills itself as “A blog celebrating paralegals – and sharing a few cautionary tales,” and also includes a page with snippets from a book she co-authored with an attorney: Workers’ Compensation Practice for Paralegals (Carolina Academic Press, 2008), and it’s usually least expensive via Amazon, or can be ordered from her blog page. Although it is written for professionals working in the field, those who are seeking knowledge about the topic for their own personal benefit would also find it enlightening. Remember, knowldedge is power. Well worth a look-see.

For those with a funny bone, check out Lynne’s Percolatin’ Paralegal Humor page.

Here are some other interesting facts and pages to visit on her blog:

The Paralegal Voice Podcasts

The Paralegal Voice Podcasts are audio tips from the experts about how to get ahead in the paralegal profession by co-hosts and paralegal gurus Lynne DeVenny and Vicki Voisin. You can sign up for the podcasts via email here.

So, on to moi!

Paralegal Profile: Sami Hartsfield, ACP

Sami Hartsfield

Job Title:  Paralegal

Employer:  Insurance defense firm (confidential due my blogging agreement with my employer)

Years of Paralegal Experience:  5

Education/Degrees:  AAS Paralegal Studies (4.0); UH Law Center’s Summer 2008 Prelaw Institute (4.0); BS Political Science (3.9)

Specialty Areas:  Personal Injury, litigation

Career Highlight:  Winning the Houston Association of Legal Professionals‘ “Rookie of the Year” award in 2006, and being published in the Texas Paralegal Journal in 2008.

Future Professional Goals:  Excel at my career, help grow my firm, learn something new every day, help make the attorneys’ jobs easier, and finish my book! Also, help the newbies and not be selfish nor territorial with my knowledge!

Paralegal Practice Tip:  Figure out how to make the attorneys’ jobs easier without being asked.

Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress:  Listening to Mozart

Greatest Strengths as a Legal Professional:  Intelligent, creativity, poise, writing

Favorite Internet Resource:  Craig Ball’s Sampler of Discovery Links,

Favorite Legal Software:  Actually have not found the perfect one even though I’ve worked with many, so feel free to send free demos my way, and I’ll give them a test-drive for ya, maybe even give you a free review.

Favorite Social Media Site:  Facebook — over 500 million users and counting — how else to reach so many so easily?  LinkedIn is great too for the groups.

Fun Fact about You:  I have a very discreet, well-hidden tattoo of my kids’ names somewhere on my body.

Last Book You Read:  How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie (recommended!!)

Cat or Dog Person:  CAT

Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook:  Southern fried chicken with the artery-choking heavy white gravy

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without:  Internet — duh :>

Favorite Quote:  “You create your own universe as you go along.” ~ Winston Churchill (and I would add to that to take care because you affect others’ as well ~ Samism)

Paralegal/Legal Association Memberships:  NALA, American Association of Notaries, Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association, State Bar of Texas – Paralegal Division, Electronic Data Extraction Network (EDEN)

Professional Links: LegallyBlog®,

Redesigned website I did: (Joomla!)

As always, Practical Paralegalism is wildly grateful to any legal staffer willing to take the time to complete the quick and easy profile questionnaire at and share a little about his or her career with this blawg’s readers. I hope you’ll check out Sami’s website LegallyBlog® (you already are heh!) and welcome her to the blawgosphere, if you haven’t already!

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Posted by Lynne DeVenny at 7:00 AM   Sept 14, 2011



Jamie Collins said…
It’s so great to see your profile, Sami. You are a great paralegal, writer and blogger, in addition to being one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. You are very deserving of this recognition…and a virtual high five to Lynne for always sharing such awesome paralegal profiles with us!
September 16, 2011 9:26 PM

OK, this is Sami: If interested, please visit my series on discovery:

What is discovery, and what are interrogatories?

What is a discovery subpoena?

Discovery II: What are requests for disclosure?

Discovery III: What are requests for admissions?

Discovery IV: What are requests for production?

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Sami K. Hartsfield, ACP is a paralegal and freelance writer based in Houston, Texas. She is a NALA Advanced Certified Paralegal, and has earned six specialty certifications since 2007: Discovery; Trial Practice; Contracts Management; Social Security Disability Law; and Entity & Individual Medical Liability. She has worked as a law firm Webmaster, law firm social media marketer, and ghostwriter for personal injury law firms. She holds a degree in paralegal studies with a 4.0 GPA and a bachelor of science degree in political science, graduating summa cum laude. Sami interned with Texas’ 14th Court of Appeals under Chief Justice Adele Hedges, and completed the University of Houston Law Center’s Summer 2008 Prelaw Institute with a 4.0. You can find her on Facebook and e-mail her with questions, comments, or ideas at

Sami Hartsfield


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