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A balanced life leads to career success for Ashley Johnson

As a high school senior in St. Petersburg, Florida, Ashley Johnson knew she wanted a career in law, so she took a part time receptionist job at a local law firm. After graduating, she attended a paralegal program at St. ...

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Taylor Barrett finds her niche as a paralegal

As a college student in Greensboro, Taylor Barrett explored a variety of majors including education, psychology and French before finding her niche in justice and policy studies. Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Barrett moved to Greensboro to attend Guilford ...

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Engineering paralegal fills a special niche for Time Warner Cable

Dick Lockwood’s unconventional paralegal work resulted from a long career in the telecommunications industry. He is a product development specialist with Time Warner Cable in Greensboro, and recently earned his certificate in paralegal studies at Guilford College. “In my current ...

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Career change leads to fulfillment

Born and raised in Alamance County, North Carolina, Belinda Thomas discovered the paralegal profession when she decided to make a career change after working for 10 years in the Alamance-Burlington School System. A local job-placement counselor steered her toward a ...

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Life experiences lead Tara Brown into the legal world

Tara Brown was a child when her parents went through a trying divorce. “My siblings and I felt like pawns in their domestic matters,” she says. “But as I got older, I felt I could use my experience to help ...

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Heather Padgett finds her dream job in a city attorney’s office


Heather Padgett believes she has found her paralegal dream job. Born in Southeastern North Carolina, Padgett grew up in a Navy family and moved around throughout her childhood. She attended East Carolina University and left when she got married, but ...

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Mary Siebigteroth converts newspaper career into paralegal practice

Harboring a love of reading since childhood, paralegal Mary Siebigteroth opened a library in the breezeway of her family’s home in Troy, Michigan, because there wasn’t a public library in town. She started writing when she was 12 and went ...

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Q and A: Yvonne Fortner is family focused

As a toddler in Williamston, South Carolina, Yvonne Fortner was too young to remember going to work with her mother, who was as a bookkeeper for a business in downtown Greenville, but today she is reliving those early experiences in ...

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Toni Morgan finds niche in corporate law

It took a while for Toni Morgan to find her way to a paralegal career, but since arriving she has found she enjoys the challenges of professional development – as well as some of the perks along the way, including ...

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Bonnie Ruffin: Paralegal and entrepreneur

Bonnie Ruffin

Bonnie Ruffin grew up in Wilson, North Carolina, dreaming of becoming an attorney. But along the way, she decided to pursue a career as a paralegal, and has excelled. She owns her own consulting business and is serving a term ...

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Career change leads to job satisfaction

After 10 years of working in organizations she didn’t find fulfilling or career-enhancing, Lakisha Chichester, a Durham paralegal, decided life was too short to work in dead-end jobs. So she set out to make significant changes.  Armed with a Bachelor ...

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