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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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Q&A: When mistakes happen, learn and move on

Lee Weiland is a paralegal in the litigation practice group at McAngus Goudelock & Courie in Columbia, S.C. In 2003, Weiland received her bachelor’s degree in media communications from College of Charleston and later earned her paralegal certificate from Midlands ...

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Q& A: Shaking off office pressure comes with ‘age, wisdom and experience’

Donna Parker Meadows is a paralegal for attorney Ernest L. Conner Jr. at Graham Nuckolls & Brown in Greenville, N.C. For her first 15 years of employment at the firm, Meadows focused on criminal law and family law. Now, her work concentrates ...

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Facing UPL? Get a new job, Early says

Jamie Early is the current president of Legal Staff Professionals of South Carolina. Early is a paralegal in the law department of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Here, she tells Carolina Paralegal News what she thinks the future holds for ...

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No prior experience makes first months on the job ‘stressful,’ paralegal says

Scott Coates is a paralegal for attorney Cynthia L. Alleman in Asheville, N.C. He focuses his work on adult guardianship, incompetency and estate planning and probate issues. Coates graduated from Asbury College in Kentucky with a degree in music and ...

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U.S. Bill of Rights motivated paralegal to join profession

Holly D. Moore is a North Carolina State Bar certified paralegal. She has been employed with Johnson, Peddrick & McDonald in Greensboro for 11-and-a-half years. The firm focuses its practice in estate planning, estate administration, business planning and tax planning. ...

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Hearing impediment didn’t discourage paralegal

Joyce Morant is a judicial assistant for Chief District Court Judge Joseph E. Turner in Greensboro, N.C. She is certified through the N.C. State Bar and will receive her associate’s degree in paralegal technology from Guilford Technical Community College in ...

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‘Under-utilizing’ paralegals contributing to job attrition

Kaye Summers is a paralegal with Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer in Durham, N.C. She is certified through the National Association of Legal Assistants and the North Carolina State Bar and recently received her ACP designation from NALA. Summers is ...

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