Archive | January, 2013

A System Stressed by Cuts

30 Jan

NC Policy Watch’s Sharon McCloskey explains how staffing shortages and dated technology are affecting Durham County’s courtrooms in “Budget cuts leave justice hurtling towards a tipping point”

More of McCloskey’s writing can be found in NCPW’s Courts and Law archive.


Job Opportunity: Temporary Contracts Paralegal at UNC-Chapel Hill

24 Jan

Temporary Contracts Paralegal at UNC Chapel Hill

Position Information

Vacancy Type: Temporary

Anticipated Hiring Range: #20/hr

Position Number: 48LD07

Work Schedule: Part Time, 10-20 hours per week

Department: 480502 HR UTS/UNC Partnership

Job City & State: Chapel Hill, NC

Essential Job Duties:  The primary purpose of this position is to draft contracts.

Duties may include by are not limited to:

Drafting legal documents including agreements, contracts and legal memoranda, preparing correspondence, checking legal forms for accuracy, tracking and organizing files, and reviewing and monitoring laws and regulations.

Departmental Required Skills: At least 3 years of experience in drafting contracts. At least 2 years of paralegal experience. Must be detail oriented. Strong MS Word skills.

Job Open Date: 01/23/2013

Must Be Open Until: 01/31/2013

click here for more information and how to apply

Job Opportunity: P/T Leasing Consultant – Raleigh, NC

24 Jan

Permanent Part Time Leasing Consultant

Weinstein Properties

Location: Raleigh, NC


We are currently seeking highly motivated, permanent part-time Leasing Consultants for our luxury apartment communities in the Raleigh metro area. The positions would offer 24 hours per week average, 3 weekends per month and 1-2 days per week.

Leasing Office hours:
Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 1pm-5pm

Successful candidates should have at least 2 years of retail, restaurant, sales, customer service, or property management experience.

We are committed to promoting from within! Great opportunity without the retail late nights!


Positions averaging less than 25 hours per week are eligible for 401K. Direct deposit and e-paycheck options are also available. No insurance or leave benefits are offered.



888 WORK 4 WP


(804) 253-8121

Job Posting: Commercial Real Estate Paralegal – Raleigh, NC

23 Jan

Commercial Real Estate Paralegal

Salary: Open

Employer: Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP

Location: Raleigh, NC

Type: Part time – Experienced

Preferred Education: 4 year degree

Wyrick Robbins is a well established Raleigh law firm with approximately 69 attorneys. This position provides paralegal support to our busy Real Estate practice including transactional assistance to attorneys.


Assist attorneys with drafting real estate, finance, purchase and sale, transfer, and lease documents for buyers, sellers and lenders; preparing UCC Financing Statements.

Draft closing documents (Notes, Deeds, Deeds of Trust, Loan Agreements, Loan Modifications, Commitment Letters, Guaranties, Assignment documents, etc.)

Coordinate title work; perform title searches and record documents.

Review and analyze title reports, surveys and zoning documents.

Review and abstract leases.

Coordinate due diligence for commercial real estate transactions, including multi-state loans and acquisitions.

Organize and coordinate closings, including preparing and maintaining closing checklists, settlement statements, closing binders, tracking documents, and keeping transaction workflow progressing efficiently.


Minimum of 5 years commercial real estate experience in a law firm or legal department of a corporation.

Undergraduate degree or significant comparable administrative experience; NC paralegal certification preferred.

Proactive, positive, energetic and hardworking team player. Strong client service mentality.

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to professionally interact with attorneys, staff, and clients.

Proficient in Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel and Outlook), Adobe Acrobat, SoftPro

Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong proofreading skills.

Highly organized, self-motivated and able to work independently.

Ability to track and meet deadlines.

Available to work 30 to 37.5 hours per week to be scheduled between 8:30am – 6:00pm Monday-Friday, with overtime when necessary.

Please send cover letter and resume to and include “RE Paralegal” in the subject line.

– via Joe Donnan

Stay CALM!

18 Jan

“I’d advise someone entering the paralegal profession to remain CALM always. Here’s what I mean:

Conversant – be knowledgeable of the area of law that you will practice, such that you are able to hold a conversation about its salient points and explain it to anyone at a moment’s notice.

Analytical – Practice analyzing everything that you come across while you’re learning. Your analytical skills will carry you far in this profession, as the law is an ever-evolving animal. If you’re able to analyze well, the changes won’t be frightening.

Legality – Remember that everything that you do must be legal, ethical and aboveboard. Do not let a title, money, or the desire to “win” a case ever entice you to compromise your ethics or the law. And if you’re just learning the profession, your scholastic journey should never involve plagiarism or any other type of cheating. A good grade means nothing if you’ve earned it in an immoral fashion.

Management – Learn to manage your learning/caseload. No matter how conversant, analytical or legal you are, if you are unable to manage time, records, deadlines or people, this profession will be difficult for you.”

– Ann Pettigrew

You can read more from Ann at The Paralegal Society Blog

Job Posting: Durham, NC

17 Jan

Firm: Motta & Muñoz, PLLC

Title: Secretary / Receptionist / Legal Assistant

Situation:  Small office in downtown Durham seeks bi-lingual student for part-time work, supplementing and complementing the work of two other part-time support people.

Three attorneys concentrate on representation of clients on criminal and traffic matters; many of these clients are of Latin American origin

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. answer and make phone calls, receive and send e–mails & faxes;

2. greet and deal with clients who come to office;

3. accept, account for and secure payments;

4. create, process and close case folders;

5. enter data into case management and financial management databases;

6. create and edit a variety of word-processing documents;

7. research case and court information on the internet;

8. deliver to and retrieve material from the courthouse.


Education:   Successful completion of high school, and currently enrolled in a program at Durham Tech leading to an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice or Paralegal studies.

Experience:  Previous employment in an office setting; familiarity with computers and basic business-related software (e.g., word-processing, spreadsheet, database, internet and email)

Other:  Oral and written fluency in both English and Spanish. Ability and willingness to work with the other part-time support people in creating and adhering to staffing schedules, minimizing gaps and overlaps.

Pay:  Initially, $10.00 per hour.

For further information , and/or to schedule an interview, please call or email Steve Motta or Miguel Munoz.

Steve Motta:
Miguesl Munoz:

Phone:  (919) 321-8277

Paralegal Club Meeting January 17, 2013

16 Jan

The next DTCC Paralegal Club meeting is Thursday, January 17th, at 11:30am in White 50.

Our guest speaker will be attorney Glen D. Bachman of Bachman & Swanson, PLLC in Durham, NC. The firm specializes in personal injury, criminal defense, and civil litigation.

Mr. Bachman has participated in several well-known cases,  including the Lowes Motor

Speedway bridge collapse case and the Duke Lacrosse team defense.