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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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Paralegals need to market themselves ‘more than ever’

Marcia Bibb was responsible for creating the paralegal program at Parker Poe nine years ago. These days, as director of practice support services, she is responsible for the management of paralegals, litigation support and docketing for the firm. She also ...

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Risk taking leads to rewards for association leader

When it comes to juggling tasks and setting priorities, Karen England relies on good communication skills. She carries a multiple-attorney workload in her job as a paralegal with Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler in High Point and loves her job.   ...

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Working for a solo a multitasker’s dream come true

As a paralegal in a solo practitioner’s office, Beverly King Moore does it all, from legal work to accounting to answering the phone.   The North Carolina native grew up in Lincoln County, where she was active in her high ...

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From the classroom to the courtroom – career path brings satisfaction

After a decade in teaching, Kris Lineberger found her dream job at a Charlotte law firm. Lineberger, who grew up in Gastonia, N.C., earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University. ...

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Switch to in-house counsel role proves a surprisingly good fit

Charity Inglis calls herself a “true Carolina girl.” A lifelong North Carolina resident, she grew up in Hamlet, a small town in the central region of the state known for its historic train depot. A paralegal for over 10 years, ...

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Award-winning paralegal loved how Della Street saved the day

Sarah Kaufman had planned to become an attorney or a high school band director, but she loved being a paralegal so much that she made it her career.   On May 9, she received the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal ...

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Paralegal’s challenge: Keeping up with tech changes

Leslie Pegram began her career as a paralegal in December 2004, landing her first job as a paralegal while she was still studying the business in school. “It was exciting to have the opportunity to mix my learning with real ...

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‘Organization is an ongoing process’

Stephanie Durham-Rivera was born and raised a Midwestern girl, but after settling in North Carolina she won’t budge out of the South, even for money. She grew up in the Illinois town of Rockford, “home of the Rockford Peaches [professional ...

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Paralegals need to ‘raise the bar’ of professionalism

Jennifer Watford has been employed as a litigation paralegal at Young Moore & Henderson in Raleigh since 2004. She holds a degree in political science with a concentration in law and legal philosophy. She earned her paralegal certification with a concentration in civil litigation from Meredith College. She and her husband of nine years have two sons, ages 5 and 2.

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CLE programs for paralegals on fast track for growth

As a teenager Amy Plent was totally against the idea of law school, despite her dad’s pleadings during dinner table debates. “I actually started college pre-med, then switched to journalism and dabbled a bit with acting,” she says. “It was a part time, pay-the-rent job at a law firm during my early 20s that made me realize I was interested in law, and it was something I might be good at doing.”

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Filing aside, she ‘fell in love with the legal field’

Meredith Lazarski was right out of high school when she landed her first job as a legal secretary. She thought the job would be temporary – until she started reading the contents of the files she was organizing and asking ...

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