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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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Paralegal: Keeping up with changes to case law is a constant challenge

Lisa Hack is a paralegal with Motley Rice in Charleston, S.C. She received her paralegal certificate in 2006 and has over 10 years of legal experience in practice areas including family law, entertainment law, anti-terrorism law and human rights law. ...

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Deadlines are stressful but exciting, paralegal says

Marion A. Young is the current chair of the paralegal division of the North Carolina Bar Association. She works for Narron, O’Hale and Whittington in Smithfield, N.C., where she focuses on commercial real estate, corporate law and special proceedings. Young ...

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‘Real life’ legal work is different from what you learn in school, paralegal says

Sandra Maness is a litigation paralegal with Robinson & Lawing in Winston-Salem, N.C. In 2001, she received an associate’s degree in applied science for paralegal technology and certificates in real property, personal injury, and office systems technology from Forsyth Technical ...

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Certified paralegal aspires for auto certification one day

Yolanda Smith is a paralegal in the Raleigh, N.C. law firm of Tharrington Smith. Smith has been a paralegal for 13 years and focuses on construction litigation. She has earned the ACP designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants ...

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NCBA’s ‘Distinguished Paralegal’ never aspired to join the profession

The 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Paralegal Award from the North Carolina Bar Association, Virginia Burrows is a paralegal in the Research Triangle Park office of K&L Gates. Her principal area of practice is commercial real estate. Burrows received her ...

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Paralegal education programs limited by lack of resources

Leslie McKesson is a college instructor and program administrator for the paralegal technology program at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, N.C. She is certified through the North Carolina State Bar and has a certificate in litigation specialization form the ...

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People should have more faith in plaintiffs’ lawyers, paralegal says

A Columbia, S.C., native, Ashley Graham is a litigation paralegal with the Mike Kelly Law Group, where she handles a variety of cases involving medical and dental malpractice, automobile and motorcycle accidents, slip-and-fall incidents and toxic mold issues. She has ...

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