After earning a degree in legal office administration, Stephanie Winkles (’96) simply wanted to be a legal secretary for a small firm. She was unaware of how God would turn her small desires into a successful career.
For 10 years now, she has worked as a legal secretary and personal assistant to one of the managing partners at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, LLP. “Robbins Geller specializes in complex securities litigation on behalf of investors,” Stephanie explains. The firm has been described as one of the most formidable securities law firms in the country, with more than 200 lawyers in 10 offices nationwide and thousands of successfully concluded securities actions.
As a legal secretary Stephanie is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. With a firm-paid cell phone, data card, and laptop, she can work from anywhere in the world.
A day may include typing and proofreading briefs, writing letters, taking and transcribing dictation, scheduling meetings, hosting mediations, assisting in speech preparation, filing briefs with courts across the country, designing PowerPoint presentations for meetings with clients, and handling confidential matters related to the firm’s management and personnel. Because Stephanie works as both a legal secretary and personal assistant, she must maintain non-case files, personnel files, and files related to firm operations.
Many of these skills she learned in classes such as Filing and Records Management, Legal Terminology, Keyboarding, Office Procedures, and English.
Stephanie also works to have a Christian testimony with people in her office. “A secretary must be able to demonstrate her faith by her actions. A Christian secretary’s attitude, ability to deal with stressful situations, and dedication should be exemplary. Consistently walking in the Spirit and demonstrating these qualities often sets this secretary apart from the status quo. [She] will become an invaluable asset to her employer”—just the kind of invaluable asset that Stephanie has become.