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Donna Hendren charts an unconventional path to paralegal status

Donna Hendren forged her own path into the legal world at a time when the paralegal profession was just emerging as a defined career. She grew up in the rural Piedmont region of North Carolina, in a small Wilkes County ...

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Delfin Floresca: Professional journey leads to lifelong learning

Delfin Floresca believes adaptability is one trait that sets paralegals apart from other legal professionals. As the senior paralegal for four attorneys at Koontz Mlynarczyk of Charleston, Floresca has honed his ability to efficiently solve problems, think outside the box ...

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Durham-Rivera savors assignments calling for investigation

Stephanie Durham-Rivera does not consider her day complete unless she has an opportunity to say “Oooh, plot twist.” Of all her responsibilities as a workers’ compensation paralegal, Durham-Rivera loves doing investigations the most. She has been with McAngus Goudelock & ...

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Tina Thacker built a career from law and historic preservation

Tina Thacker says she and her former husband fell in love with Winston-Salem when his brother was completing a fellowship at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. “When the marriage ended in 2007, I thought of places both domestic and ...

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Faye Bass charted her course paved with skill, luck, and opportunity

Faye Bass is living proof that with a little hard work, smart decisions, and the ability to make the most out of opportunities along the way, anyone can create their own destiny. As a young woman, Bass could not afford ...

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After losing a job, Cathy Boette finds a career

Cathy Boette learned, early in her career, how to turn a negative job experience into a productive career. After graduating from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Boette set her sights on becoming ...

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Noelle LeBlanc earned her nickname as “Little General”

Noelle LeBlanc describes her younger self as a petite, painfully shy little girl who toughened up after leaving her Richmond, Virginia home for the first time and taking her first airplane trip to join the U.S. Air Force. She says ...

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Kim Davis: Devoted to her paralegal career since her teen years

If Kim Davis had to pick her favorite area of the law, she would choose civil litigation. “We are able to take a huge burden off our clients’ shoulders by assuring them that we are in their corner and it ...

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When the opportunity came knocking, Capps landed her dream job

Laura Capps claims that she didn’t choose to pursue a legal career. Rather, the legal field chose her. “I was right out of college and landed a temp job in the litigation department at Ragsdale Liggett,” she says. “After being ...

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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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