Researching and announcing good paralegal news via Practical Paralegalism’s “Primo Paralegal Shoutouts” is one of my favorite activities. This week there was so much good news that this is my longest shoutout ever. But it’s just plain exciting to see so many paralegals and paralegal students succeeding, excelling and being recognized for their achievements all over the country.
Alabama legal assistant and office manager Melissa Hinote, CLA, employed by Jared N. Lyles, P.C. in Silverhill, recently obtained her professional certification through NALA’s Certified Legal Assistant Program. (Twitter)
Colorado resident Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brown, an Operations Paralegal for Space and Missile Defense Command, Army Forces Strategic Command at Peterson Air Force Base, was recognized as the Top E-5 and E-6 Enlisted Personnel at last week’s Armed Forces Luncheon at Fort Carson. (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Colorado paralegal Kim Marie Smith
, employed by Faegre & Benson LLP, received the 2009 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award from the Colorado Bar Association’s Paralegal Committee. (Denver Post
Illinois resident Maria Hightower, a junior in paralegal studies at Southern Illinois University Carbonale, has received the Camille Hickman Scholarship, which is awarded to a student “who is succeeding despite personal challenges”. Not only does Ms. Hightower attend college full-time, but she is also employed full-time and is the legal guardian of her younger sister.
Illinois resident Lindsay Ruot
, also a junior in paralegal studies at Southern Illinois University Carbonale, received two scholarships based on her grade point average: the M. Browning Carrott Scholarship and the Paralegal Studies Program Scholarship. (The Southern
Massachusetts paralegal Joan Duff
has been named among the 2009 Unsung Heroines by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Her numerous volunteer activities have included presidency of the Andona Society and volunteering for the Andover Dollars for Scholars Program, League of Women Voters chapter, affordable housing groups, the Planning Board, and most recently, sitting on the town’s Interstate 93 Interchange and Lowell Junction Development Task Force. (Andover Townsman
Michigan resident Aleta DiSimone
, a senior paralegal at Rizzo and Associates, was named Administrative Professional of the Year by the Northern Michigan Chapter of the International Association of Administration Professionals. (Traverse City Record Eagle
Michigan resident La Tonya Huby
has been hired by Assets International as a legal assistant/paralegal. (Detroit Free Press
Michigan resident Christine Peltier
has been hired by Assets International LLC as a paralegal and Assistant Vice President. Ms. Peltier has more than 10 years of paralegal experience and is a past president of the Macomb County Bar Association Legal Assistant Section. (PR-USA.net
Mississippian Anthony Bounds
has obtained a bachelor of arts in paralegal studies from University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast and has been recognized in the 2008-2009 Who’s Who Among Students in American Studies and Colleges. (SunHerald.com
North Carolina paralegal Joy McMurray Chappell
earned her Juris Doctor
degree from the Charlotte School of Law, completing the 4-year evening program in three years – while working full-time for Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo. She also received special recognition by the law school for her pro bono
work with the Gaston and Mecklenburg Public Defender Offices. She is leaving her job to study for the upcoming bar exam in July. (Gaston Gazette
South Carolina paralegal Tammie Pope,
employed by Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, was part of the team recognized when the firm received the 2009 Robert D. Spencer Volunteer Award given by Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (The State
The following South Carolina residents received associate degrees in general technology with an emphasis in paralegal from Aiken Tech: Tanika Beard, Rubi Figueroa, Michael Kucharski, Randa McClung, Lyntonia Ortiz, Melissa Perry, Katie Sutter, and Charlie Upson, II.
Pennsylvanian Heidi Lozano
received a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and also received the Lycoming County Paralegal Association Award for Outstanding Senior Project.
Pennsylvanian Michael Cromis received a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and also received the Lycoming Law Association Award for the Lycoming County resident with the highest grade point average.
Pennsylvanian Erin Odell received a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and also received the McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall Award for the highest grade point average. (PCToday)
Vermont resident Rachel Johnson
has been hired by Unsworth & Barra, PLC as its new estate planning paralegal. She has more than 18 years of paralegal and office administration experience. (BurlingtonFreePress.com
Washington paralegal Page Chance
received the 2009 Liberty Bell Award from the Whatcom County Bar Association. The award honors “exceptional community service by non-lawyers for their commitment to education, civil liberties and civic responsibility under the law.” Ms. Chance has worked as a paralegal since 1984. (The Bellingham Herald
I don’t want to leave anyone out, but I probably did. If you have a professional announcement that you’d like to share in Practical Paralegalism
, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org