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Life experiences lead Tara Brown into the legal world

Tara Brown was a child when her parents went through a trying divorce. “My siblings and I felt like pawns in their domestic matters,” she says. sac à dos kanken fjallraven pas cher “But as I got older, I felt ...

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Heather Padgett finds her dream job in a city attorney’s office

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Heather Padgett believes she has found her paralegal dream job. Born in Southeastern North Carolina, Padgett grew up in a Navy family and moved around throughout her childhood. She attended East Carolina University and left when she got married, but ...

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A balanced life leads to career success for Ashley Johnson

As a high school senior in St. Petersburg, Florida, Ashley Johnson knew she wanted a career in law, so she took a part time receptionist job at a local law firm. After graduating, she attended a paralegal program at St. ...

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Taylor Barrett finds her niche as a paralegal

As a college student in Greensboro, Taylor Barrett explored a variety of majors including education, psychology and French before finding her niche in justice and policy studies. Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Barrett moved to Greensboro to attend Guilford ...

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Mary Siebigteroth converts newspaper career into paralegal practice

Harboring a love of reading since childhood, paralegal Mary Siebigteroth opened a library in the breezeway of her family’s home in Troy, Michigan, because there wasn’t a public library in town. She started writing when she was 12 and went ...

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Engineering paralegal fills a special niche for Time Warner Cable

Dick Lockwood’s unconventional paralegal work resulted from a long career in the telecommunications industry. He is a product development specialist with Time Warner Cable in Greensboro, and recently earned his certificate in paralegal studies at Guilford College. “In my current ...

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Career change leads to fulfillment

Born and raised in Alamance County, North Carolina, Belinda Thomas discovered the paralegal profession when she decided to make a career change after working for 10 years in the Alamance-Burlington School System. A local job-placement counselor steered her toward a ...

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Bonnie Ruffin: Paralegal and entrepreneur

Bonnie Ruffin

Bonnie Ruffin grew up in Wilson, North Carolina, dreaming of becoming an attorney. But along the way, she decided to pursue a career as a paralegal, and has excelled. She owns her own consulting business and is serving a term ...

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Career change leads to job satisfaction

After 10 years of working in organizations she didn’t find fulfilling or career-enhancing, Lakisha Chichester, a Durham paralegal, decided life was too short to work in dead-end jobs. So she set out to make significant changes. Armed with a Bachelor ...

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Single mom finds career fulfillment as a paralegal

A stay-at-home mom with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, Allison Yezek was newly divorced when she decided to following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, who was a judge, and her uncle, who is a lawyer. Today, she ...

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All those accounting classes paid off – eventually

Angie Carter was immersed in accounting classes at North Carolina’s Lenoir Community College, and while she didn’t know exactly what type of career she wanted to pursue, she did know she did not want to be an accountant. “My business ...

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In love with two career paths, Beth Cox follows both

Beth Cox fell in love with the law, started her career in healthcare and wound up creating a professional path that allows her to choose both.   An active member of the Guilford Paralegal Association, Cox was recently elected its ...

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New RTPA president urges paralegals to get involved

With over 30 years of legal experience, Jean Benvenuto is the lead patent paralegal at Coats & Bennett, where she administers United States and foreign patent filings. She also helps oversee the firm’s prosecution of patent rights and liaisons with ...

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Paralegal of the Year found his way after the Recession

M. Tyler Helms has not only survived being a 2008 Recession graduate, he has thrived. Within two years of graduating from Pfeiffer University he was laid off from two jobs. His first lay-off led him to move from his hometown ...

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