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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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New people, new cases keep her work rewarding

Tammie Pope is a senior paralegal with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Columbia, S.C. She graduated from Erskine College with a bachelor’s degree in English and attended the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta. Pope has been with Nelson Mullins since 1990, with the exception of three years working for the firm of Fairey, Parise & Mills.

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New approaches, great networking keys to success

Westbrook has been a real estate paralegal with Elizabeth R. Harrison, Attorney at Law, PC, since graduating from Meredith’s Paralegal Program in 2006. Prior to attending Meredith, she worked as an accounting clerk for a law firm. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Campbell University in 2002. She is a member of Mid-Way Baptist Church in Raleigh, where she is active in missions and the children’s ministry. Westbrook lives in Clayton, North Carolina, with her pets Jasmine, Bell and Brown.

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Lifelong interest in legal profession led to career

Natalie Butrym is a senior paralegal with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P. in Columbia. She has extensive experience in complex product liability litigation, drug and device litigation, and technology litigation, including litigation over the performance of computer software, trade secrets and unfair trade practices. She is presently working with David Dukes handling hormone therapy litigation and with Michael Hogue handling asbestos litigation. She also serves as a paralegal coordinator for the Litigation Department in the Columbia office.

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Seasoned pros can share wisdom with new paralegals

Mary Beth Morgan is a legal assistant at Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. in Greenville, South Carolina, supporting Luanne Runge, shareholder, and Mary Giorgi, senior associate. Her career has been largely focused in the areas of complex/civil litigation, adoption and real estate. She serves as the 2011-2012 president of Legal Staff Professionals of Greenville (LSPG) and as a teen mentor. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Simpsonville with her children, David, Ted, Kathleen and Patrick, and their family pets.

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Researching and investigating drew her to the career

Lindsay C. Casenhiser earned a bachelor of arts in history from the College of Charleston. Her  paralegal certificate in litigation is from Greenville Technical College. She began her career in 2004 at Motley Rice in Charleston, S.C., and is now ...

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‘Showboating’ by attorneys is unnecessary, Abernathy says

Ellen Abernathy is a paralegal with Hall & Hall in Morganton, N.C. She is certified through the North Carolina State Bar and is a member of the N.C. Advocates for Justice. Here, she describes the challenges of working in family law.

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Technology: ‘Get to know it so you don’t blow it,’ SC paralegal advises

Wendy MacDonald is a civil litigation paralegal for Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Greenville, S.C., where she primarily focuses on defense work in medical malpractice cases. MacDonald graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in English and earned her paralegal certificate from the Denver Paralegal Institute. Outside of work, she also volunteers as a tutor and a tutor trainer for Greenville Literacy Association.

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Paralegal’s goal for 2011 is same as last year’s – to stay employed

Kathy McDermott is an intellectual property paralegal for Coats and Bennett in Cary, N.C. She primarily focuses on U.S. and foreign patent work. McDermott received a certificate in paralegal studies from the University of Colorado and is currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice technology at Wake Technical Community College. She is a member of the Research Triangle Paralegal Association and the N.C. Bar Association's Paralegal Division.

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Managing client expectations is one of the toughest parts of the job, paralegal says

Maritza Muehleisen is a paralegal with Christian & Davis in Greenville, S.C. She received her paralegal degree from Greenville Technical Community College in 2006. Here, she tells Carolina Paralegal News about how helping her mother become a U.S. citizen motivated her to become a paralegal.

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Attorney: Thank you, paralegals

In a recent Q&A interview with Lawyers Weekly (a sister publication of CPN), South Carolina attorney Marcy J. Lamar made a special point of acknowledging how hard paralegals work. Here's what she had to say: Q: Which job would you not want to have and why? Lamar: The legal job I would not want to have is that of a paralegal as I believe their job is much tougher than that of an attorney. Paralegals must know all the particulars of the rules and procedures of the field of law in which they are working. They are responsible for knowing every deadline and making sure their attorney is properly notified of all deadlines.

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