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Mission of mercy: Paralegal team’s efforts lead to compassionate release of inmates during COVID-19


Bobbie Kullman learned the value of compassion last year when she volunteered to help screen and organize hundreds of letters from prison inmates seeking opportunities to serve the remainder of their sentences outside prison walls during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Prisoners who were ...

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News briefs

NCBA Paralegal Division announces annual meeting The North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division will hold its annual meeting Thursday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will take place on Zoom and members will receive a log-in upon registration. Visit ...

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For Lisa Hite the power of positivity helps her serve clients

A native of Charlotte, Lisa Hafer Hite has a 36-year history in the legal sector, beginning in 1986 when she began her first job as a legal secretary at what was then known as Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice. “At ...

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Kimberly Walsh says her job is a “dream come true”

Kimberly Walsh had parlayed an associate degree in business administration into a 10-year career as a medical billing manager in a doctor’s office before making a big career switch from medicine into law. Born and raised in upstate New York, ...

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Paralegal News

Attorneys, paralegals working to restore drivers’ licenses The Driver’s License Restoration Pro Bono Project and the Durham Expunction & Restoration Program are working to resolve old traffic charges that have caused long-term driver’s license suspension for Durham residents. Approximately 15 ...

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Teri Rodriguez needed a new career, but a career found her

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Teri Rodriguez needed a job. It never crossed her mind to pursue a career as a paralegal. “I did not pick the paralegal profession per se; it found me,” Rodriguez said. Born in ...

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Dawn Powell is a paralegal student with big dreams

Dawn Powell lives her life based on the lessons she learned from her grandparents, who raised her and her sister from the time they were babies. “My grandparents are a retired electrician and a retired nurse, and they taught me ...

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Trailblazers open pathways to more inclusive opportunities in law


Sharon Bey-Christopher, a Raleigh attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina, has enjoyed a successful career as a paralegal and a lawyer, but she understands quite well just what it takes to navigate the gender and racial barriers that often ...

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Olivia McElvaney parlays her love of learning into a paralegal career

Olivia McElvaney loves solving problems. “People ask for my help putting out fires, and that is my specialty,” she says. “I am good at finding the gaps and the minutiae that others miss, and those details can often make or ...

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The love of research led Christiana Parker to her paralegal career

Christiana Parker struggled with making a career decision after graduating from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Then an ad for a paralegal position caught her eye. “Of course, I didn’t have the resume needed for ...

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Surveys show paralegal profession is growing and maturing


Over the past decade, paralegals have been skewing older and more educated, according to the 2020 Paralegal Survey, released last August by the North Carolina Bar Association’s Paralegal Division. The survey, which is outlined in the Division’s bylaws, is designed ...

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Lisa Marker finds joy in work and family

Lisa Parker Marker, who loves her rhyming name, grew up as an only child in Stanly County.  A graduate of South Stanly High School, she studied at Appalachian State University but left before graduating and found a job as a ...

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Landon McKinney: “Find your niche and enjoy what you do”

Landon McKinney credits his love of politics with leading him to a career in law. “As I went through school and learned more about our legal system and the complexity of it, I became intrigued with its depth even more,” ...

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