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Paralegal pro bono winner Katie Riddle enjoys giving back

Pro bono work is so important to paralegal Katie Riddle, she was inspired to go to law school for opportunities to do more of it. So far in her young career, she has volunteered for the North Carolina Pro Bono ...

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Victoria Quarles paralegal services blanket the state

by Teri Saylor A self-described “Navy brat,” Victoria Quarles was born in upstate New York and raised in Connecticut. After moving to North Carolina and raising her children, she went back to school at Johnston Community College and N.C. State ...

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Marta Kiss blends education and the law into a thriving career

by Teri Saylor Marta Kiss was drawn to her career as a paralegal based on her interest in the law, her desire to help people, and her zeal for fighting for justice. After growing up in San Diego, she attended ...

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Joan Sprinkle balances analytical skills with human interest

by Teri Saylor A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, N.C., Joan Sprinkle grew up in Weaverville, where she still lives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics and Law from UNC-Asheville and earned a Master of Arts in ...

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Peggy Pardue’s path led her to family law

As a newly divorced young mother, Peggy Pardue decided to build a career helping others going through similar circumstances. Her first step was to move from her part time job to a full-time position. “I found a full-time job at ...

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Amy Carrere believes she was destined for a career in family law

Amy Carrere credits her grandfather for lighting the spark that led her to becoming a paralegal. “He was a magistrate, and he would share with me different situations he experienced in our community,” she said. “I wanted to help people ...

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Jacqueline Thurman: Leadership through service

A native of South Carolina, Jacqueline Thurman has worked in the legal sector for over 20 years and is a workers’ compensation department manager at Ken Harris & Associates in Charlotte. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political ...

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Paralegal Crystal Reading cultivates early love of the law

Growing up in Florida, Crystal Reading developed an interest in law at a young age. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and psychology from the University of North Florida, becoming the first in her family to ...

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On-the-job training was key for Greensboro paralegal Noel Hill

After working as a paralegal for 15 years, Noel Hill earned her North Carolina Certified Paralegal designation last April. “I have always regretted not obtaining a college degree, and this certificate has validated my efforts and given me confidence,” she ...

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Nelson Mullins paralegal Kevin Werner is a pro bono star

Over the past five years, Nelson Mullins paralegal Kevin Werner has logged 1,990 pro bono hours, largely with the monthly Lawyers4Vets legal clinic in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2014, the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, in partnership with the ...

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Laureen Kickham finds a perfect career fit in the non-profit world

An aptitude test directed Laureen Kickham to a paralegal career, and it was a perfect fit.  Kickham is a paralegal for the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and loves the services she provides through her work in the center’s Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program.  ...

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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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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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