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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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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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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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Paralegals are surviving, thriving, and volunteering in the pandemic storm

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Whether they are serving in elective office, running campaigns, dealing with disappointed high school graduates, or filling their weekends volunteering to help others, paralegals are making the most of social distancing and finding ways to stay connected to their clients ...

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N.C.’s Marsy’s Law adds layers of responsibility to D.A.’s offices

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Across North Carolina, victims’ assistance teams in district attorneys’ offices are busier than they ever have been, thanks to an expanded Crime Victims’ Rights Act that went into effect last August. This act was one of four constitutional amendments voters ...

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Lawyers for Literacy enriches students and inspires legal professionals


Legal professionals across North Carolina are receiving as much as they are giving through the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s Lawyers for Literacy pro bono program. Over a four-week period in the spring and fall, teams of lawyers, paralegals, and others ...

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From e-research to specialized software, technology elevates the way law firms serve clients


Software that streamlines resolution of traffic violations has revolutionized the way a Chapel Hill law firm serves its clientele. The Law Office of Daniel A. Hatley uses its technology to deliver speedy results while keeping clients informed every step ...

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Coalition of legal pros beefs up pro bono services for natural disaster victims


A year after Hurricane Florence caused devastating flooding along the coasts of North and South Carolina, residents are still trying to recover. But volunteer efforts by legal professionals are making the pathways a little smoother. On Aug. 6, the North ...

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Men in the Breakroom


BY TERI SAYLOR    As a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte paralegal certificate program, Nathaniel Drum honed his love for the law volunteering with Legal Aid of North Carolina. He worked as a paralegal, helping low-income ...

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Governor’s Proclamation for N.C. Paralegal Day puts GTCC paralegal program on the map


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s proclamation naming March 22, 2019 as Paralegal Day in North Carolina put an exclamation point on the end of a mighty effort by paralegal technology students at Guildford Technical Community College. The proclamation also lit ...

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Anne Goldman takes her paralegal degree to the corner office


  From her hometown of Charleston, West Virginia, to worldwide travels during her career, Anne Goldman, CCIM, lives and works by a guiding principle to never forget her roots. These roots have been planted deeply into law and corporate real ...

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


  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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