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Accidental paralegal discovers her passion

Angel Reid was in the right place at the right time when she landed the legal secretary position that would launch her career as a paralegal. She loves the law so much that she’s set her ring tone to the ...

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Inspiration from family drives Sarah White’s career

For career inspiration, Sarah White turns to her family. Her grandfather was a CPA and she almost followed his example, but her interest did not lie in numbers. “I had a great uncle who served as a judge, and my ...

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Mills channels speech pathology into a career as paralegal

Barbara E. Mills was a practicing speech pathologist before she made a career change to become a paralegal. She grew up in New York near the Canadian border in a small town called Clayton. She earned her B.S. degree from ...

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Working with five attorneys, Julie King relies on speed

By Teri Saylor Born in New Jersey, Julie King has lived in North Carolina since she was 6 years old, long enough to feel like a native. She lived with her family in Cary until she was 13 then moved ...

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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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FBI job, mock trial team put Alfakir on legal path

From working at the FBI to going all the way to nationals in a mock trial competition, Michele Alfakir’s calling to work in the legal arena has led her to pursue a career as a paralegal. She has been a ...

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Q&A: Active and on the move, Helms gives her all to life and work

Outfitted in professional dresses and high heels during the work week, Katherine Helms can appreciate that her co-workers view her as a paragon of femininity, but when weekends roll around, she enjoys exercising her inner tomboy, wearing jeans or sweatpants ...

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Payne finds her dream career as a paralegal

Jane Payne can’t remember when she didn’t want to pursue a career in the legal arena.   “I always wanted to be in the legal profession,” she says. “The paralegal field was just starting when I graduated from college, and ...

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Toni Morgan finds niche in corporate law

It took a while for Toni Morgan to find her way to a paralegal career, but since arriving she has found she enjoys the challenges of professional development – as well as some of the perks along the way, including ...

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Q and A: Yvonne Fortner is family focused

As a toddler in Williamston, South Carolina, Yvonne Fortner was too young to remember going to work with her mother, who was as a bookkeeper for a business in downtown Greenville, but today she is reliving those early experiences in ...

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