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Paralegal News Clips

Paralegal News Clips

Since the purpose of this paralegal blog is to celebrate the achievements of paralegals, working and student, all over the country, I’m pleased to share the latest round of accomplishments by many talented and hardworking individuals and groups representing the paralegal profession well.

Paralegal Program & Association News
Bucks County Community College paralegal students recently formed the Bucks County Paralegal Association. Kara McClenahan, a current student, has been appointed interim president, and Holly Frey, a graduate of the program, has been appointed as the interim vice president. The group formed during program director and professor Tracy Timby’s legal technology class. (
■Wilmington University’s legal studies program, offered at its New Castle and Dover, Delaware locations, has been granted approval by the American Bar Association. The program offers a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, as well as a “24-credit post-baccalaureate certificate in legal studies.” (Sussex Countian)

■Chrysten Hinze, an associate at Lind, Lawrence & Ottenhoff, has been promoted to full-time paralegal instructor for the Institute of Business and Medical Careers. She earned her juris doctor degree at Notre Dame University in Indiana. (Northern Colorado Connection)

New Hires

■Barbara Humes recently joined the Geiger Law Office, an estate and business planning firm based in Carlsbad, California, as its director of client services. She will be responsible for prospective client outreach, client retention efforts and appointment scheduling. A notary public and a trained paralegal, she attended Chapman University and UC San Diego. (North County Times)

Recognition & Certifications

■Todd Beatse, a paralegal with the Davis County Attorney’s Office in Farmington, Utah, was recognized by the Davis County Commissioners, for his work on the trial team that earned a conviction of Ed Owens in the murder of Karin Strom.

Beatse holds a juris doctor degree and was hired as a paralegal in February, “as we were ramping up for production (in the trial),” the county attorney said. “As the trial tech he helps the attorneys get ready and strategize. There were 60 exhibits, photos, recordings and a Power Point.” It was Beatse who spotted glue around Ed Owens’ finger in a photo – a key point, [County Attorney Troy] Rawlings said.

(Davis County Clipper)

■Teri Bowling, a commercial real estate paralegal employed by Manning, Fulton & Skinner, P.A. in Raleigh, North Carolina, recently received the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division’s inaugural Distinguished Paralegal Award.

The award recognizes Bowling’s contributions to the profession in calendar year 2008 during which she served as Vice Chair and then Chair of the Paralegal Division, adjunct instructor in the Meredith College Paralegal Program, frequent CPE (continuing paralegal education) planner and speaker, and NCBA Wills for Heroes volunteer.

Bowling’s tenure as chair of the division was marked by numerous accomplishments including the implementation of an enormously successful statewide CPE program as well as the transformation of the Paralegal Division under its new name formerly, the Legal Assistants Division).

Bowling is a commercial real estate paralegal in the firm and works with senior partner Barry Mann. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of the Meredith College Paralegal Program where she has served as an adjunct instructor since 1992.


■Sabine Francisco, paralegal with the law firm of Bolanos Truxton in Miami Florida, has achieved the designation of Florida Registered Paralegal by The Florida Bar. Francisco began her career as a paralegal in 1985 and has been with the law firm of Bolanos Truxton since 2003. (Naples Daily News)

■Amy C. Genszler, a legal assistant employed by Hersh Law Offices, LLC in Mequon, Wisconsin, “has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in legal services.” In 2008, she received an associate degree in paralegal studies from Westwood College. (Cambridge Who’s Who)

■Melissa Hamilton, a paralegal with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, has been awarded the advanced certified paralegal designation by the National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals. She was certified in the area of contracts administration/contracts management. Hamilton is also the Professional Development Committee Chair for NALA’s 2009-2010 Board of Directors. She has worked in the NDDOT legal division for five years. (Bismarck Tribune)

New Graduates

■Julia Balestrieri graduated with president’s honors from the specialized associate degree-paralegal program at Empire College in Santa Rosa, California and is now employed as a legal assistant in Southern California. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

■Leland Davis, of Racine, Wisconsin, was awarded a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Kaplan University. (Journal Times)

■Donald Didden Jr. of Chester, Maryland was awarded a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Kaplan University. (The Capital)

Deborah Hickman received an associate degree in Paralegal Technology, with High Honors, from Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

■Jennie Noble of Ankeny, Iowa, graduated July 25 from Kaplan University with an associate degree in paralegal studies. (

■Joelene Parnell of Apollo, Pennsylvania, was awarded a bachelor of science in paralegal studies from Kaplan University. (Leader Times)

■Jennifer Stafford of Hewitt, New Jersey was awarded an associate degree of applied science in paralegal studies from Kaplan University, which celebrated the graduation of its summer 2009 class on July 25 in Chicago. (Straus News)

■Cecilia Truesdale-Little of Cameron, North Carolina, recently graduated with an associate degree in paralegal studies from Kaplan University in Chicago. (The Fayetteville Observer)

One Response to Paralegal News Clips

  1. Wonderful bits of news! It just made my day to read all of these achievements and the positive things going on in the paralegal world. Thank you!

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