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Q&A: NALA president: Mandatory certification could actually limit paralegals

Karen McGee is the president of the National Association of Legal Assistants. She is also the first deputy clerk with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport, La. A frequent speaker on paralegal procedures, McGee also is a member of the Northwest Louisiana Paralegal Association, the Louisiana State Paralegal Association and the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks. She received her certified paralegal credential from NALA in May 1990 and her advanced credential in civil litigation in May 1994.

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Q&A: Paralegal profession is suffering from an ‘identity crisis’

Laura Champlin is a paralegal in the commercial litigation practice group at Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis in Asheville, N.C. Champlin is certified through the North Carolina State Bar and holds an advanced certification in contracts administration/management through the National Association of Legal Assistants. In 1990, she received her bachelor's degree in administration of justice and associate's degree in paralegal studies from Wichita State University in Kansas.

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Women in eDiscovery chapter forms in Charlotte

The Charlotte chapter of Women in eDiscovery held its inaugural meeting in June. Women in eDiscovery was founded on May 2, 2007 with the mission of bringing together businesswomen interested in legal technology and to provide opportunities to help themselves and other businesswomen grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support and national recognition. The organization has grown internationally to over 4,000 members with new members from all over the world joining daily. At the present time, there are over 28 chapters with regular meetings.

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Exam time!

Lynne DeVenny promised to be honest when she announced on her blog in August that she would routinely report her progress on studying for one of the nation's top paralegal certification exams. So it took some pride-swallowing on Sept. 7 for the North Carolina paralegal to tell readers that she didn't pass the sample Communications quiz for the National Association of Legal Assistants' certification exam. "I thought, ‘I was an English major. Words are my thing. Communications will be easy,'" said DeVenny. "But I swore I would tell the truth, even when I fell on my face. I fell on my face," she said.

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Ethical Dilemmas

Maintaining ethical standards may be one of the trickiest parts of a paralegal's job. But practitioners and educators agree that it's also one of the most crucial.

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Publisher’s Note, July 2010

Dear Readers, As many of you know, Carolina Paralegal News started out as a quarterly publication, and then went to bimonthly and is now monthly due to increased demands and content popularity. Although we appreciate the value CPN brings to ...

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Paralegal Pay

Association and national statistics provide the latest information on paralegal compensation and benefits By Rick Brundrett, Special to Carolina Paralegal News Next to sex, one’s pay might be the most sensitive topic to discuss openly. But as paralegals across the ...

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Are you always late?

Help for the chronically non-punctual By Vicki Voisin, Special to CPN “I’m late I’m late For a very important date. No time to say ‘Hello.’ Goodbye. I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” – The White Rabbit, 
”Alice in Wonderland” Can ...

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Paralegal blogs increasing in popularity

By Kimberly M. Johnson, Special to CPN In addition to attending seminars and CLEs, paralegals across the country are increasingly turning to blogs to gather information about the profession. Everything from current legal news, the latest employment trends and even ...

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