Entries by Paralegals

Paralegal Spotlight: Brittany Mitchell, NCCP

Paralegal Spotlight is the Division’s monthly publication designed to share Division members’ stories with colleagues, inspire present and future paralegal professionals, and strengthen awareness of the profession and Association. Each month, we select one amazing paralegal from among our membership and ask them to share a little about their personal and professional life. Join Paralegal […]

Exciting Opportunity for Paralegals: Become a FINRA Arbitrator

By Alicia Mitchell-Mercer Becoming a FINRA arbitrator is a great way to leverage your skill set and expand your professional career. If you are a paralegal or other legal professional working in securities litigation and/or arbitration, you have likely heard of FINRA. What is FINRA? The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is an independent, nongovernmental […]


North Carolina Court System Launches Free, Online Document Preparation Tool

By Alicia Mitchell-Mercer The North Carolina Court System has launched a free, online document preparation tool that is available for self-represented litigants, paralegals, and attorneys. The North Carolina Judicial Branch has announced the launch of eCourts Guide & File, a new service that allows attorneys and the public to prepare court documents online in just […]

2019-2020 NCBA Paralegal Division Survey Results

By Mollie Schwam, Jennifer Smith-Sutphin, and Tina Thacker Under the leadership of the 2019-2020 North Carolina Bar Association’s Paralegal Division (NCBA PD) and former Chair, Leslie Pegram, the 2019 Survey Committee was formed. The 2019 Survey Committee was composed of NCBA PD Council Members Mollie Schwam and Jennifer Smith-Sutphin, Co-chairs, and Tina Thacker. The goal […]

Fail-Safe Your Working Relationships

By Travis Bradberry A new relationship—whether personal or professional—is a lot like buying a new car. Driving it off the lot is pure bliss. And like a car, when a relationship breaks down, it’s overwhelming. A trained eye knows when a car is in trouble. The same is true of relationships, and you can be […]

Work Experience: The Newest Option for NCCP Exam Applicants

By Alicia Mitchell-Mercer This spring, the North Carolina Supreme Court approved amendments to The Plan for Certification of Paralegals, 27 N.C.A.C. 1G, Section .0100. The amendments eliminate the educational prerequisite for paralegal certification for applicants who satisfy work experience requirements. To be certified, applicants who satisfy the work experience requirements must pass the certification examination. […]

Social Media Discovery Requires a Plan (and Here’s One Below)

By Rhiannon Fionn-Bowman In the time of COVID-19, Electronically Stored Information and efficient ways to retrieve it are important considerations in any discussion regarding litigation preparation, especially when it comes to discovery planning. However, keep in mind that social media content is easy to create, but can be difficult to use in litigation and you […]

Lawyers for Literacy: Become a Virtual Volunteer

By Tina Dadio  The North Carolina Bar Foundation is working to provide North Carolina students with access to resources. Lawyers for Literacy is one of the best things that we can do right now to make a big difference in the lives of young students currently stuck at home and their parents. If you or […]