Friday, October 23, 2009

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 good news in the paralegal profession.

Paralegal Programs & Associations

Tonya Morse, Institute of Business and Medical Career’s (IBMC) Business & Paralegal Instructor Specialist, won the Faculty Member of the Year award from the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools, posthumously. Ms. Morse's family accepted the award in her memory. (The Coloradoan)

J. Kennerly Davis Jr. has been named an adjunct assistant professor of paralegal studies at the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

■The International Paralegal Management Association appointed Brian Bernhard, legal-services manager for Stern Elkind Curray & Alterman, to the board of directors as vice president of membership. (Denver Post)

■The paralegal program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus has been approved by the American Bar Association. (

Recognition & Awards

■U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Romeo Belunta, a paralegal assistant and Tampa Bay, FL native with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Mountain Warrior, became the first paralegal from the task force to receive a Combat Action Badge. (DVIDS)

■Paralegal Specialist Christine Ying Tian, employed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, received the Attorney General's Award for distinguished service during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder honored her, along with six federal prosecutors, for their work convicting Pavel Lazarenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister who moved to Marin County. (Contra Costa Times)

Pam Hemphill, a certified paralegal and private attorney involvement coordinator at Legal Aid in Morganton, NC was named “Woman of the Year” by Morganton’s Business Professional Women. (The News Herald)

New Hires

Jennifer Taylor has been hired as a Senior Paralegal by Texas Regional Entity in Austin. She has 14 years of paralegal experience and a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies from the College of Mount St. Joseph.

■Remley & Sensenbrenner S.C., in Neenah, WI, has hired Jenny Stobb as a paralegal. Stobb is a graduate of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and brings more than seven years of experience in supporting a law practice.” (Appleton Post Crescent)

Giselle Lamar joined the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo in Charlotte, NC as a legal assistant. Lisa Lorello joined as a medical records specialist. Silvia Monroig joined as a property damage specialist. Timora Wilkerson joined as a litigation paralegal.” (
Katherine Ballard and William DeMartine joined the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo in Charlotte, NC as workers' compensation case managers. Stephanie Proano joined as litigation paralegal. (

Linda Waldner joined the law firm of Todd A. Stewart in Charlotte, NC as a paralegal. (

Erica Traskos was hired as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant by Assets International LLC in Southfield, MI. A graduate of Madonna University’s Legal Assistant Training Program, she will concentrate on conducting research in various courts to legally connect Assets International’s clients to the funds it has located for them and assist with the preparation of related legal papers and documents. (

■Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish Attorneys at Law, with offices in Las Vegas and Boulder City, hired Tracy Gallagher as a paralegal. (Las Vegas Business Press)

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