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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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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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