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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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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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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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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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Sarah Johann enjoys her career as a paralegal and keeps law school on her mind

When Sarah Johann started college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she had no career path in mind and changed her major several times before combining the subjects she enjoyed the most—political science, sociology and writing—and set ...

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Shawana Almendarez focuses on public service and the law

Before she had an internship with Golden, Meekins, Holdens and Stiles, Charlotte native Shawana Almendarez had never heard of paralegals and had no idea what they do. But during her internship, through a program sponsored by the John O’Leary Bar ...

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Karole Northrup balances a love of history with a career in the law

Karole Northrup’s career as a paralegal has introduced her to a few interesting characters and has given her a seat at some of the nation’s most sensational court proceedings. She earned her associate degree in paralegal studies from Orlando College ...

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Paralegal Christie Herding has loved the law since she was a teenager

Christie Daniels Herding landed her first law firm job when she was a quick-witted, enterprising teenager. At 16, she convinced the Cary law firm of Bain & Marshall to hire her. “Sol Marshall was the first person to give me ...

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