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Every day is different, and that’s just how she likes it

Dale Scaglione is a paralegal with Bruner, Powell, Wall & Mullins LLC in Columbia, S.C. She graduated from Upsala College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and took courses in English and technical writing at North Carolina State University. She earned her paralegal certificate from Midlands Technical College. Before becoming a paralegal, Scaglione worked as a legal assistant for seven years and was a teacher for three years in Mexico and the U.S.

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New people, new cases keep her work rewarding

Tammie Pope is a senior paralegal with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Columbia, S.C. She graduated from Erskine College with a bachelor’s degree in English and attended the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta. Pope has been with Nelson Mullins since 1990, with the exception of three years working for the firm of Fairey, Parise & Mills.

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New approaches, great networking keys to success

Westbrook has been a real estate paralegal with Elizabeth R. Harrison, Attorney at Law, PC, since graduating from Meredith’s Paralegal Program in 2006. Prior to attending Meredith, she worked as an accounting clerk for a law firm. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Campbell University in 2002. She is a member of Mid-Way Baptist Church in Raleigh, where she is active in missions and the children’s ministry. Westbrook lives in Clayton, North Carolina, with her pets Jasmine, Bell and Brown.

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Lifelong interest in legal profession led to career

Natalie Butrym is a senior paralegal with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P. in Columbia. She has extensive experience in complex product liability litigation, drug and device litigation, and technology litigation, including litigation over the performance of computer software, trade secrets and unfair trade practices. She is presently working with David Dukes handling hormone therapy litigation and with Michael Hogue handling asbestos litigation. She also serves as a paralegal coordinator for the Litigation Department in the Columbia office.

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Seasoned pros can share wisdom with new paralegals

Mary Beth Morgan is a legal assistant at Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. in Greenville, South Carolina, supporting Luanne Runge, shareholder, and Mary Giorgi, senior associate. Her career has been largely focused in the areas of complex/civil litigation, adoption and real estate. She serves as the 2011-2012 president of Legal Staff Professionals of Greenville (LSPG) and as a teen mentor. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Simpsonville with her children, David, Ted, Kathleen and Patrick, and their family pets.

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Technology: ‘Get to know it so you don’t blow it,’ SC paralegal advises

Wendy MacDonald is a civil litigation paralegal for Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Greenville, S.C., where she primarily focuses on defense work in medical malpractice cases. MacDonald graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in English and earned her paralegal certificate from the Denver Paralegal Institute. Outside of work, she also volunteers as a tutor and a tutor trainer for Greenville Literacy Association.

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Paralegal’s goal for 2011 is same as last year’s – to stay employed

Kathy McDermott is an intellectual property paralegal for Coats and Bennett in Cary, N.C. She primarily focuses on U.S. and foreign patent work. McDermott received a certificate in paralegal studies from the University of Colorado and is currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice technology at Wake Technical Community College. She is a member of the Research Triangle Paralegal Association and the N.C. Bar Association's Paralegal Division.

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Attorney: Thank you, paralegals

In a recent Q&A interview with Lawyers Weekly (a sister publication of CPN), South Carolina attorney Marcy J. Lamar made a special point of acknowledging how hard paralegals work. Here's what she had to say: Q: Which job would you not want to have and why? Lamar: The legal job I would not want to have is that of a paralegal as I believe their job is much tougher than that of an attorney. Paralegals must know all the particulars of the rules and procedures of the field of law in which they are working. They are responsible for knowing every deadline and making sure their attorney is properly notified of all deadlines.

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