Archive | February, 2013

NALA Certification Exam Tentatively Scheduled for May at DTCC

27 Feb

The Spring 2013 testing date is tentatively scheduled for May 17-18, 2013. Testing is expected to take place in Room 48 of the White Building. Testing Center examination fees are $35. NALA’s fee schedule can be found here.

NALA’s Exam Description (pdf)

Map of Durham Tech’s Main Campus.

Driving directions to Durham Tech.

For more information on our testing site and registration, please contact Mr. Joseph Donnan at (919) 536-7230 ext. 8065. All other questions about the NALA exam should be directed to NALA.


Intellectual Property Story du Jour: WWJTM?

27 Feb

The WSJ brings us a story about trademarking one of the most recognized names in the world. Bonus points for one of the best headlines of the day.

If You Take These Jeans’ Name in Vain, Prepare to Meet Their Maker: Italian Apparel Company Registers ‘Jesus’ as Trademark, Protects it Devoutly.

Job Posting: NC Prisoner Legal Services

13 Feb

NC Prisoner Legal Services 

Paralegal Position Available

Required: Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate or equivalent experience.  Position requires a person who is self-directed, an effective time manager and able to juggle multiple tasks at once.  Primary responsibility is to conduct initial evaluations of inmate cases to identify post-conviction litigation issues.  Applicants with an interest in criminal defense are strongly encouraged to apply.   Applicant must also have excellent computer skills and strong analytical and writing skills.  Excellent fringe benefits.  Salary is on par with other non-profit pay scales.  NCPLS is an equal opportunity employer.

Questions: Call Brenda Richardson 919-856-2200

To Apply: Send résumé to Human Resources, NCPLS, Post Office Box 25397, Raleigh, NC 27611-5397; or via email to

Job Posting: LANC – Durham, NC

13 Feb

Job Announcement: Bilingual Community Educator/Paralegal II
Legal Aid of North Carolina – Durham, NC

Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is seeking a full-time, bilingual Community Educator and Paralegal to support its Medical-Legal Partnership program. This project brings together physicians, nurses, social workers, attorneys and paralegals to address the social and environmental determinants of health, including: substandard housing conditions; domestic violence; food, income, and housing insecurity; and improper denials of public benefits.

Responsibilities & Duties:
The paralegal will provide administrative and legal support to the Medical-Legal Partnership program and the Durham office of Legal Aid of North Carolina. The paralegal will interview patients referred through the MLP to determine if they are eligible for LANC’s services, will hold regular (usually weekly or bi-weekly) office hours in MLP clinics, and will work directly with MLP clients and other Spanish-speaking applicants and clients who are served by the Durham office. After training, the paralegal may counsel and represent clients in  administrative matters under supervision of an attorney, and perform other related responsibilities. The bounds of responsibility will be determined by the selected candidate’s abilities, judgment, and initiative.

Must be fluent in Spanish and English. Must be a college graduate, an effective writer, and an effective communicator in meetings and training settings. Must be well organized and possess the judgment and ability to make decisions, carry out project duties, and accomplish project goals as a part of a team. Must be an experienced and zealous organizer and advocate with a demonstrated commitment to improving the conditions confronting low-income families and children. The selected applicant must possess a NC Driver’s License and reliable transportation, as travel through the seven-county service area will be required.

$27,000+D.O.E. Excellent benefits package.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled. Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and names/contact information of three (3) references to:
Madlyn Morreale
LANC – Durham Office
P.O. Box 2101
Durham, NC 27702
Or by E-mail to:

* Legal Aid of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer.*
Minorities, women, the elderly, and the disabled are encouraged to apply.

UNC-TV’s NC Now Takes a Look at DTCC

11 Feb

From their web site:

NC’s agricultural economy has reinvented itself over the past 50-years with the transformation from tobacco to other crops & means of sustainability, sending a shockwave to the city of Durham. As the cigarette industry in the Bull City was declining, the fundamental role of the local community college became ever more prominent. Rick Sullivan picks up the story of Durham Tech.”

Watch the video here.

Intellectual Property Students Rejoice! USPTO Timelines Made Easy

6 Feb

The timelines can be found here.

You can skip right past all that and dive into the Section 1(a) timeline here.

Many thanks to the people at the USPTO for an incredibly useful site.


NCBA Scholarship Opportunity

6 Feb


From the NCBA:

The Student Scholarship provides an award of $500 for tuition to a North Carolina resident enrolled in a North Carolina Qualified Paralegal Studies Program as defined by the North Carolina State Bar.

The criteria:

1. Be a North Carolina resident enrolled in a North Carolina Qualified Paralegal Studies Program as defined by the North Carolina State Bar;

2. Be a North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Student Member in good standing;

3. Submit a signed Certificate of Good Academic Standing (form included with application packet) from your school verifying you are in good academic standing as defined by your school;

4. Provide a sealed Letter of Recommendation from your paralegal program advisor OR from a current or past instructor within your paralegal program; and

5. Submit an essay on “Will you pursue certification as a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal? Why or why not?” All essays must be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length and typewritten. Grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and flow will be considered.

Download the guidelines and application here. Download the membership application here.

Deadline: Faxed or postmarked by April 5, 2013