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Arts major ends up as award winning paralegal

Kaye Summers parlayed degrees in art and recreation into a successful paralegal career that launched her on a journey of lifelong learning and on-the-job excellence. Her hard work and initiative earned her the North Carolina Bar Association’s 2013 Distinguished Paralegal ...

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Helping client through tough time is best part of job

Nichole Hutchins is a naturalized Southerner. She was born in Marietta, Ohio but started her journey south when she was 7, moving with her parents first to Charleston, W.Va. and eventually settling in Kernersville, N.C. when she was 12. She ...

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Niche in real estate law found after four-year break

Denise Hargrove took a four-year career break a dozen years ago after moving to Raleigh from Texas. She stayed busy as a stay-at-home mom, performed some volunteer work, and became a kindergarten teacher assistant at her daughter’s school before working ...

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Full-time paralegal, nighttime law student

As the child of a Navy serviceman, Candace Seagroves lived all over the East Coast, but spent enough time in Wake County to call the rural area around Wendell, N.C. home.   She graduated from Heritage Christian Academy, earned her ...

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For this paralegal, ‘No two days are the same’

Lynda Pixley was born in upstate New York and raised in Ontario, N.Y., on the banks of Lake Ontario.  She graduated from Wayne Central High School with a New York State Regent’s degree in math and science. With a keen ...

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Finding happiness deep in the files of a law firm

A Q&A with Julie Hatfield, a certified senior paralegal in the Charleston office of Collins & Lacy. During her seven years as a paralegal, Hatfield has developed specialized knowledge of business defense involving workers’ compensation claims.

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Best CLE: One paralegals and attorneys attend together

Kelly A. Farrow is the assistant director to the board of paralegal certification with the North Carolina State Bar. Farrow coordinates and manages paralegal certification and education programs for certified paralegals. She worked as an intellectual property paralegal for 10 years before joining the North Carolina State Bar in 2012.

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‘Being a paralegal is a profession, not just a job’

Stephanie Crosby grew up in Pensacola, Fla., and has lived in North Carolina for the past two decades. She has been a paralegal at Ward and Smith, P.A., in New Bern for almost the same length of time. For the last nine years, she has served as the paralegal coordinator for the firm’s business section and, as of January of this year, she also became the paralegal coordinator for the intellectual property section.

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Don’t give short shrift to good grammar in your documents

Camilla Pitman has served as the city clerk of the City of Greenville, S.C. since 2007. She has been a city employee since 1995 and previously served as legal office coordinator for the city attorney’s office and as clerk of court for Greenville Municipal Court.

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After filing her first lawsuit, she was hooked

Roshel Tuska, a Wisconsin native, moved to South Carolina in 2010. She earned her associate degree in the paralegal program at Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2000 and earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. Tuska has worked as a paralegal for the past 12 years in medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and insurance defense. Since coming to South Carolina, she has been a senior paralegal in civil litigation for Collins & Lacy. She currently serves as secretary of the Palmetto Paralegal Association.

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No such thing as too much practical information

Barbara Galerno Spearman earned her paralegal certificate in 1995 and has been employed as a senior paralegal in civil litigation in the Greenville office of Collins & Lacy since 2008. She has twice been named Paralegal of the Year by the South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association and currently serves as its president. A native of Florida, Spearman moved to South Carolina in 1977.

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Estates paralegal thrives on life-long love of the law

Victoria Townley is an estate administration paralegal at Roberts & Stevens, P.A., in Asheville, N.C. She is actively involved with the Asheville Area Paralegal Association. When not working at the office or with the AAPA, she can be found hiking in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains.

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Journalism study a perfect start for paralegal career

Q&A: Kirsten Carlos Kirsten Carlos received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University in 1993. She completed the Meredith College Paralegal Program in 2004 and became a NALA certified paralegal in 2006 and a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal ...

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Former flight attendant finds second career in law

Q&A: Carolyn Timmons Carolyn Timmons is a paralegal at Jones, Key, Melvin, & Patton, in Franklin, N.C., concentrating on litigation and estate work. She recently served three years on the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Council and currently serves ...

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Every day is different, and that’s just how she likes it

Dale Scaglione is a paralegal with Bruner, Powell, Wall & Mullins LLC in Columbia, S.C. She graduated from Upsala College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and took courses in English and technical writing at North Carolina State University. She earned her paralegal certificate from Midlands Technical College. Before becoming a paralegal, Scaglione worked as a legal assistant for seven years and was a teacher for three years in Mexico and the U.S.

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