Entries by Paralegals

Medical Record Retrieval In the Modern Era: A Primer On HITECH

By Martin A. Ginsburg The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2009 was a natural outgrowth of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA was designed to protect personal information while facilitating the transfer of information between the “covered entities” to improve the continuity of care across the spectrum […]

Membership in the NCBA Paralegal Division Has Benefits

By Tina Dadio The NCBA Paralegal Division is excited to announce the officers for the 2019-2020 NCBA bar year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020). Tina Dadio, Paralegal Division Chair, Charlotte Stephanie Durham-Rivera, Paralegal Division Vice Chair, Raleigh Leslie Pegram, Paralegal Division Immediate Past Chair, Raleigh Karen M. Rabenau, NCBA Board Liaison, attorney in Durham Stephanie Elliott, […]

Gratitude: Chair Reflects On Her Year

By Leslie Pegram Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. As my time as Paralegal Division Chair comes to an end, I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the success of the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division. I’m […]


Demystifying Paralegal Credentials for Lawyers and Paralegals

By Alicia Mitchell-Mercer Recently, I overheard a discussion regarding whether attorneys understand the content of paralegal programs and the meaning of the post-nominal certification credentials you increasingly see behind paralegals’ names. One person responded that many fledgling paralegals don’t understand the difference between being certified and having a certificate, so how can attorneys be expected […]

Working In the Alcohol Industry

By Mollie Schwam Before I started working at Beer Law Center I had no idea about the mountain of paperwork that selling alcohol entailed. I was not even aware about the particular process that businesses had to go through in order to sell alcohol. I tell people that I work with alcohol rules and regulations, […]

Chichester Named 2019 Distinguished Paralegal

By Leslie Pegram Congratulations to Lakisha Chichester who was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Paralegal Award on May 2, 2019 at the Paralegal Division Annual Meeting in Winston-Salem. The Distinguished Paralegal Award is given to a Paralegal Division regular member who has actively participated in paralegal activities such as civic/community volunteering, paralegal leadership, paralegal education, and […]

Paralegal Spotlight On Rachel Royal

Q: Name, position title and/or major duties: A. Rachel Royal, paralegal for the attorney who represents the Wilmington City Police and Fire Departments and the attorney who handles all litigation and employment claims for the city. Royal also performs research and prepares presentations for proposals to city council for amendments to city ordinances. Q: Firm […]

When Should You Start Looking For a New Job?

By Nicole “Nikki” Green Imagine having  your dream job, where your management and team are amazing, you feel valued as an employee, and the perks and compensation are in line with what you think you are worth. Life is good … then, POP, your bubble bursts. You are suddenly informed that your firm is going […]

So, You Think You Want To Freelance?

By Morag A. Polaski The reactions I receive when I tell people that I am a freelance paralegal range from “that’s so cool” to “huh?” Many times, people don’t realize that paralegals can freelance. I recently heard a student in a paralegal program say, “I want to be a freelance paralegal.  How do I do […]