Volunteer Opportunity – Saturday Oct 25th, 2014

9 Oct

Both Lawyers and non-lawyers are needed for this event.

From the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association:

The Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association will address the underserved needs of the LGBT community by providing advice and drafting Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney, and Durable Powers of Attorney for all qualifying couples and individuals, regardless of sexual orientation.  The inaugural Estate Planning for Equality event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday, October 25th, 2014, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (the last appointment will be scheduled for 3:15 pm) at the Wake Forest University School of Law located at 1834 Wake Forest Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.  No prior estate planning background is required to serve as an attorney or non-attorney volunteer.

Licensed NC attorneys are needed to draft the Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney.  Participants are provided with a questionnaire to fill out beforehand, and it corresponds with the fill-in the blank HotDocs software used to draft the estate planning documents.  Notaries and witnesses are also needed.  We would like everyone to volunteer all day, if possible, but we appreciate any time that you can volunteer.  If you can only volunteer for part of the day, please indicate if you would like to volunteer for the morning session (9:00 am-1:00 pm) or the afternoon session (12:00 pm-4:30 pm).

Training for this event is scheduled at 9:00 A.M.  for the morning and all day sessions and at 12:00 P.M. for the afternoon session.  During this time, we will have about 30 minutes of training on basic NC law regarding Wills, Durable Powers for Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney and about 30 minutes of practicing on the computers using HotDocs software in case there are any questions.  If you are a licensed attorney practicing in the area of wills & estates, please let us know if you would be willing to help with the training.  In addition, if you have experience in the area of wills & estates, please let us know if you are willing to serve as a floater during the actual event to answer any questions that the other attorneys drafting the wills may have.  

Additional materials will be e-mailed to those who sign up to participate, however prior to the event date it will also be helpful to review the following “This is the Law Pamphlets” available on the NCBA website :

(1) Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney and

(2) Protecting Your Assets: Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney.

As you can see, there is plenty to do and we need as much help as possible.  If you or someone you know (including non-attorney staff members at your work or friends) would like to volunteer for this event, please email Sections/Divisions the following information:

Phone Number:
Email Address:
NCBA Membership #:
NCSB Membership #:
Volunteer Type (Attorney, Notary, Paralegal, Law Student, Other)
Availability: AM, PM or ALL DAY
Do you have Malpractice Insurance? Yes|No
Do you have Estate Planning Experience? Yes|No

If you have any additional questions, please contact Collin Cooper or Jillian Brevorka or by telephone at (336) 271-4780.

Thanks and best regards,
Collin Cooper

Voter Registration Deadline is Friday, October 10th

9 Oct

Stop what you’re doing and read this. Then do what you need to do to make your voice heard…and count.

The voter registration deadline is Friday, October 10th.

You’ve got time to research issues and candidates for November 4th general election, but you do NOT have much time left to register.

To find out how to register, go to the NC State Board of Elections website. It’s easy to use.

You can check your voter registration status on this page. Your query will also return precinct information.

Do it.

Take a Minute…

8 Oct

Some students are wrapping up their first Mini-mester, while others are cruising right along in full semester classes–or perhaps you’re doing both. Either way, it’s a great time to take a moment to look ahead to Spring 2015 registration. You can get a sneak peek at key dates by checking out the Important Dates for Spring Term 2015 (pdf) document. Remember to do a little planning before contacting your advisor–look at your plan of study, and consider your home and work schedule requirements to see how many hours you can take without compromising academic success, home life, and your sanity. Visit the blog’s Paralegal Toolkit page for a downloadable planner template.

Don’t Sell Yourself Short

7 Oct

Don’t Sell Yourself Short

It’s not a phone.

It’s a Cisco IP phone. Or maybe it’s a 10-line PBX system.

And you’re not answering the phone. You’re assisting clients or customers by answering customer service related questions and directing calls.

Think about the difference between telling an employer that you can pick up a ringing phone, and convincing them than you are the best candidate in that big stack of resumes. Answering a phone is a skill most children learned before they entered first grade, while wrangling a multi-line system with professionalism and courtesy is a valued skill needed in a busy office.

As an entry level paralegal competing in a tight job market for a place in that office, you must find a way to stand out as a skilled professional even if you’re new to the paralegal field. An attention-grabbing resume may convince whoever is screening those resumes that you have relevant work skills, even if your resume is thin in the actual paralegal experience area.

To create that resume, think about the things you have done well at previous jobs and start illustrating those skills. How? Instead of jotting down that you’ve answered phones, think before you write. Was it a multi-line phone system? Can you find out from a manager the volume of calls averaged per day? Take a look at the difference:

  • Answered phones


  • Operated a multi-line phone system to answer an average of 75 customer service questions daily. Politely and efficiently directed calls to 10 office specialists

You’ve figured out by now that this isn’t just about answering phones. This is about applying the same resume writing strategy to all of your skills. If you stocked shelves, did that include a routine to make sure your inventory was accurate? If you had a job where you regularly gathered data, how much data was there? What was the end result?

Did you create an Excel spreadsheet that enabled management to track spending in certain areas? If so, that sure sounds better than sticking to just one tired old line that says you can use Microsoft Office.

Quantify what you have done whenever possible.  If you’ve accomplished something that resulted in increased sales or efficiency, find out what the number is. If you don’t have access to those numbers anymore, then work your way through your resume quantifying what you can.

But remember: don’t over-embellish your resume. If it was a simple task, leave it alone instead of trying to cover your would-be employer with fertilizer. And likewise, don’t ever lie on your resume, cover letter, or application. Ever.

You already know to keep a resume to two pages at most. If you need to save valuable real estate on those two pages, consider dumping a mediocre “objectives” statement. Everyone knows you’re “looking for a challenging position at ____ that will utilize your ____ skills”. Those lines of space might be better invested in telling your next employer exactly what those skills are and how you can put them to work in your new job. Don’t sell yourself short when you have so much to bring to the table.

Class Cancellation – LEX 120-030

17 Sep

Tonight’s 5:15pm LEX 120-030 Legal Research & Writing I class has been cancelled. Check your Connect Mail for any updates.



Freebie Alert!

11 Sep

Free movie at Stadium 10 at Northgate

Durham Tech students and employees are invited to a free movie, Thursday, September 25, all day long, at Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall. The offer is good for one free ticket to any movie, any showing. You must show your Durham Tech ID.

Need Help Landing That Job?

4 Sep

Durham Tech has announced their lineup of workforce development classes, workshops and labs that are designed to help students prepare for their career. In some cases, the fees are waived for qualified individuals.

The classes cover key areas such as resumes, LinkedIn, and job hunt skills. There are also classes that help students that have been justice involved and need help with related education and career issues.

Click to have a look at the HRD Fall 2014 pdf.


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