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Paralegal who is a Dreamer takes it one day at a time

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  As a paralegal at the Hatch Rockers Immigration law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina, Michelle Valladarez is the first point of contact for clients who need legal help concerning their status as undocumented immigrants in the United States. While ...

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Attorney and Paralegal Give Gifts of Life Through Kidney Donation

Lakisha Chichester, a paralegal with Self Help of Durham, donated a kidney to her sister. She enjoys an active lifestyle and works hard to stay healthy. Photo provided by Lakisha Chichester

  Until last spring, Suzanne Lever, an attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Jeff Rexford, a medical supplies sales executive in Dallas, Texas, were complete strangers. On March 20, they bonded for life when Lever donated one of her kidneys ...

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Graves translates journalism degree into a paralegal career

Victoria Graves has a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but earned her certificate in paralegal studies from Duke University. She refuses to claim the Duke Blue Devils. “I will always be a Tar Heel, ...

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Paralegal career a novel idea for Erika Jefferson

A fan of attorney-turned-novelist John Grisham, Erika Jefferson discovered the paralegal profession by reading about it in his books. As a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she studied constitutional law, and harbored an early ambition to someday ...

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Mitchell-Mercer focuses on legal project management

After a career as a Farsi linguist/interrogator in the Army, Alicia Mitchell-Mercer worked as a gallery administrator before taking a job as tour coordinator for a company that managed tours for opera star Luciano Pavarotti and the Three Tenors. After ...

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Inspired by her father, Gadalla pursues career in law

Yazmeen Gadalla remembers the day she first took an interest in law. “It was when I started my internship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” she said. “I really took an interest in the way the entire system worked to keep ...

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Fife liked accounting but fell in love with law

In 2001, Felecia Fife fell in love with real estate law just two days into a short-term temporary job assignment as a receptionist for the Hutchens Law Firm in Fayetteville.   “That two-day assignment turned into the career I have ...

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Paralegals invited to advance planning clinics

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Bar, care center partner for National Health Care Decisions Day event Christine Brown is passionate about end of life care. As regional vice president of business development for the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Winston-Salem, Brown walks families through ...

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March National Association News

National Association of Legal Assistants Events: July 13-15: NALA 2016 Conference and Expo, Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Sac à Dos Kanken Fjallraven Las Vegas.   NALS- The Association for Legal Professionals Events: October 6-8: NALS 65th Annual Educational ...

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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. sac à dos kanken fjallraven pas cher “But as I got older, I felt ...

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

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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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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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