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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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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


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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