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Paralegals need to ‘raise the bar’ of professionalism

Jennifer Watford has been employed as a litigation paralegal at Young Moore & Henderson in Raleigh since 2004. She holds a degree in political science with a concentration in law and legal philosophy. She earned her paralegal certification with a concentration in civil litigation from Meredith College. She and her husband of nine years have two sons, ages 5 and 2.

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CLE programs for paralegals on fast track for growth

As a teenager Amy Plent was totally against the idea of law school, despite her dad’s pleadings during dinner table debates. “I actually started college pre-med, then switched to journalism and dabbled a bit with acting,” she says. “It was a part time, pay-the-rent job at a law firm during my early 20s that made me realize I was interested in law, and it was something I might be good at doing.”

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Best CLE: One paralegals and attorneys attend together

Kelly A. Farrow is the assistant director to the board of paralegal certification with the North Carolina State Bar. Farrow coordinates and manages paralegal certification and education programs for certified paralegals. She worked as an intellectual property paralegal for 10 years before joining the North Carolina State Bar in 2012.

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‘Being a paralegal is a profession, not just a job’

Stephanie Crosby grew up in Pensacola, Fla., and has lived in North Carolina for the past two decades. She has been a paralegal at Ward and Smith, P.A., in New Bern for almost the same length of time. For the last nine years, she has served as the paralegal coordinator for the firm’s business section and, as of January of this year, she also became the paralegal coordinator for the intellectual property section.

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After filing her first lawsuit, she was hooked

Roshel Tuska, a Wisconsin native, moved to South Carolina in 2010. She earned her associate degree in the paralegal program at Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2000 and earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. Tuska has worked as a paralegal for the past 12 years in medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and insurance defense. Since coming to South Carolina, she has been a senior paralegal in civil litigation for Collins & Lacy. She currently serves as secretary of the Palmetto Paralegal Association.

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No such thing as too much practical information

Barbara Galerno Spearman earned her paralegal certificate in 1995 and has been employed as a senior paralegal in civil litigation in the Greenville office of Collins & Lacy since 2008. She has twice been named Paralegal of the Year by the South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association and currently serves as its president. A native of Florida, Spearman moved to South Carolina in 1977.

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