June 7, 2018 -- Wanda Branch, a paralegal at Lexington County DSS, was recently named Employee of the Month, one of four selected for April.
Ms. Branch has been working with DSS since February of 2015. She is the Lead Paralegal for Lexington County DSS and is known, respected, and appreciated as a quiet soldier for children and vulnerable adults in the legal department
Ms. Branch was chosen by management for assisting the Lexington County DSS legal team “in strengthening their efficiency with the Legal Case Management System (LCMS), improving their court flow process, communicating with legal stakeholders, and mentoring paralegals and interns. She recently took the initiative to develop an onboarding notebook to assist with training new paralegals and was extremely beneficial when a paralegal intern was assigned to the Lexington County legal office. Her contributions will assist with the development of a statewide paralegal manual for the County DSS legal offices. Wanda is always quick to assist Team DSS but is slow to ask for praise.”
Her typical day includes training other paralegals, scheduling and noticing hearings, creating foster parent notices, drafting orders for court, processing signed filed orders, filing documents, keeping legal files up to date as well as the legal case in LCMS, answering questions from three other paralegals, the case workers, attorneys, and the public, distributing work, processing mail, keeping logs of cases assigned, redacting files and scheduling viewings, and going to court 6 times a month at a minimum. She says the best part of her job is “being a part of making life better for the children and vulnerable adults of South Carolina.“
Ms. Branch resides in Lexington, South Carolina.
Staff selected for the Employee of the Month Program are awarded with lunch with the State Director along with other honorees, a dedicated parking space, a photo and write up displayed at State Office, and a write-up sent to their community newspaper.
Other April winners Laura Hammond, Adult Protective Services Program Supervisor, Greenville County; Catherine Haselden, who works in Economic Services at the State Office and Leslie Clark, Region 4 Performance Coach; (Region 4 includes Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties.)