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What’s hot, what’s not: Experts weigh in on the trends paralegals should be watching in 2011

  By DIANA SMITH, CPN Managing Editor diana.smith@nc.lawyersweekly.com  The job market dried up, layoffs loomed and bonuses bit the dust. That may be the gloomy legacy of 2010 when it comes to happenings in the legal industry. The recession left ...

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Congratulations: Results from the NC paralegal certification exam are in

The North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification just announced the names of the paralegals that passed the September certification exam. Out of 171 hopefuls who sat for the test, 131 passed. That brings the total number of N.C.-certified ...

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Women in eDiscovery chapter forms in Charlotte

The Charlotte chapter of Women in eDiscovery held its inaugural meeting in June. Women in eDiscovery was founded on May 2, 2007 with the mission of bringing together businesswomen interested in legal technology and to provide opportunities to help themselves and other businesswomen grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support and national recognition. The organization has grown internationally to over 4,000 members with new members from all over the world joining daily. At the present time, there are over 28 chapters with regular meetings.

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Exam time!

Lynne DeVenny promised to be honest when she announced on her blog in August that she would routinely report her progress on studying for one of the nation's top paralegal certification exams. So it took some pride-swallowing on Sept. 7 for the North Carolina paralegal to tell readers that she didn't pass the sample Communications quiz for the National Association of Legal Assistants' certification exam. "I thought, ‘I was an English major. Words are my thing. Communications will be easy,'" said DeVenny. "But I swore I would tell the truth, even when I fell on my face. I fell on my face," she said.

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Upcoming Event – Career Fair – Oct. 13, 2010

A career fair for paralegals will be held at the North Carolina Bar Center in Cary on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Paralegal Division of the N.C. Bar Association and the ...

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Ethical Dilemmas

Maintaining ethical standards may be one of the trickiest parts of a paralegal's job. But practitioners and educators agree that it's also one of the most crucial.

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Paralegal blogs increasing in popularity

By Kimberly M. Johnson, Special to CPN In addition to attending seminars and CLEs, paralegals across the country are increasingly turning to blogs to gather information about the profession. Everything from current legal news, the latest employment trends and even ...

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