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Paralegal Profile: Heidi Helstrom, CP

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.

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heidi-helstromWhat 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.

If someone contemplating a paralegal career asked you for career advice, what would your answer be?   Please go out and Continue Reading

Nancy L. Jordahl, CP, FRP Named 2010 CFPA Paralegal of the Year

Nancy L. Jordahl, CP, FRP Named 2010 CFPA Paralegal of the Year

Members of Central Florida Paralegal Association (CFPA) recognized Nancy L. Jordahl, CP, FRP, as the 2010 Paralegal of the Year at their December 2010 Meeting. Each year CFPA seeks nominations for Paralegal of the Year from the Central Florida area. The purpose of this award is to honor a local area Paralegal for her/his hard work… Continue Reading

Nancy L. Jordahl, CP, FRP Named 2010 CFPA Paralegal of the Year

Nancy L. Jordahl, CP, FRP Named 2010 CFPA Paralegal of the Year

Members of Central Florida Paralegal Association (CFPA) recognized Nancy L. Jordahl, CP, FRP, as the 2010 Paralegal of the Year at their December 2010 Meeting. Each year CFPA seeks nominations for Paralegal of the Year from the Central Florida area. The purpose of this award is to honor a local area Paralegal for her/his hard work… Continue Reading