This profile of Heidi Helstrom, CP must begin with Congratulations! Heidi was named 2016 Paralegal of the Year by the San Antonio Paralegal Association and the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas as they celebrated Paralegal Day on October 19th.
Heidi Helstrom, CP is a Family Law Paralegal at the Tessmer Law Firm, P.L.L.C. in San Antonio, Texas. She has an AA in Paralegal Technology from an ABA accredited college, as well as a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). She has been NALA Certified since 2010.
What prompted you to choose a paralegal career? I’ve always been fascinated by the law. In my high school government class we participated in mock trial, I was the defense attorney. I won and I was hooked ever since. But back then, 1982, a women’s first thought wasn’t, “I think I’ll go to law school and become a lawyer.” Back then I remember my step-mother telling me that, “as long as you can type and have shorthand skills, you’ll always have a job.” After high school my goal was to become a legal secretary.
What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is helping families at one of the most stressful times in their lives.
What professional associations do you belong to? I belong to NALA – National Association of Legal Assistants, SAPA – San Antonio Paralegal Association, PD – Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas, SABA – San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section of the SABA, BCWB – Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, and The College of the State Bar of Texas.
How has your membership benefited you? My memberships have benefited me by providing a lot of networking and volunteering opportunities. I thoroughly enjoy being around other members of the legal community. This has been a very rewarding part of my profession. I’ve learned so much from other paralegals, lawyers, Judges and other members of the legal community.
What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight of my career was when I was chosen to be the FIRST paralegal appointed to the Family Law Section of SABA Advisory Board. It is an honor to know that the lawyers of this organization value the ideas, thoughts and suggestions of all paralegals enough to appoint one on their board.
What do you see as hot trends in the paralegal industry? The hot trend that I see is anything that has to do with technology.
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