Archive | August, 2013

8.28.13 Paralegal Club Meeting Recap

29 Aug

The meeting was packed with great information and opportunities for DTCC paralegal students.  If you missed this first meeting of 2013, don’t worry. You can contact Susan Sutton via email to join,  catch up on the 8.28.13 minutes, and download the documents that were distributed:



Fall 2013 Paralegal Club Officer Elections

club nomination form


Washington Post Series — Do No Harm: Who should bear the costs of retired NFL players’ medical bills?

28 Aug

Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Reggie Williams is in the spotlight again, but now he’s headlining a case that combines disability and worker’s compensation claims, and a question about who takes care of injured retired NFL players.

From the WaPo article:

When players file for workers’ compensation for the on-the-job harm they suffered, they often find their claims opposed by their former teams. The league is currently in legal and legislative fights with at least 3,000 former players, who, like Williams, have attempted to seek reparation for their injuries by filing claims in worker-friendly states. When these claims and all other avenues for medical care are exhausted, the cost of their poor health can often fall on the taxpayer.

Williams has suffered through several knee replacements and infections that stem from his 14 year career with the Bengals. They are denying his claim, even though they are the only team he played for during his football career.

Financial Aid at Durham Tech

27 Aug

If you could use a little financial help to get to graduation, don’t overlook the resources available at Durham Tech. The college’s financial aid page gives a great overview of how to get started. But the secret to all of this–and the easiest way to get started–is to simply fill out a FAFSA form. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s done electronically, and is an easy, straightforward application.  That FAFSA application goes to Federal Student Aid, which is part of the Department of Education. They state that they provide “$150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school.”

You’ll need a few documents handy, such as your last federal tax return. Although the deadlines have passed for Fall and Spring registration, it still makes sense to get your name in front of the Financial Aid office.

In addition to grants and loans available from Federal Student Aid, there are local scholarships available to qualifying Durham Tech students. You can check them out here. An even larger list of grants and scholarships–money that you don’t have to pay back–can be found at the College Foundation of North Carolina. But remember that the first step is completing your FAFSA.

Filling out the FAFSA is absolutely free. If a web site asks you to pay some money first before you can fill out the form, then you’re not on the official site:

CIS Credit by Exam Dates

22 Aug

Credit by exam for CIS 110 for Fall 2013 is scheduled for:

  • Monday, August 26, noon – 2 p.m., Durham Tech/Glaxo Wellcome Technology Center, room 976
  • Tuesday, August 27, noon – 2 p.m., Durham Tech/Glaxo Wellcome Technology Center, room 983
  • Tuesday, August 27, 6 – 8 p.m., Durham Tech/Glaxo Wellcome Technology Center, room 983

For more information on what you need to do to take these exams, visit the DTCC page here.

Save the Date! Paralegal Club Meeting August 28th

20 Aug

The first paralegal club meeting of the Fall semester is Wednesday, August 28th at 4 pm in White 35. We’ll discuss the election of club officers and open nominations. This year big events are on the horizon–the club is partnering with the North Carolina Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.

For more information on club officer elections, please visit the blog’s Club page.

New Mexico’s Supreme Court: Murder Conviction Stands Despite Non-English Speaking Juror’s Excusal

15 Aug

New Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that jurors that do not speak English have the right to serve on a jury, as set forth in the state’s constitution. The case before the high court that raised the question centered on the first degree murder conviction of a man who bludgeoned his girlfriend to death in 2004. Michael Anthony Samora was also convicted of a subsequent armed robbery and stabbing.

His appeal argued that his convictions should be reversed because a prospective Spanish-speaking juror with limited English comprehension was excused. The juror indicated on a questionnaire that he did not speak English well enough to write in it. The judge then told the prospective juror that he would be provided with an interpreter, who mistakenly ended up in the wrong courtroom. The judge later excused the juror in question, after he told the judge he had trouble following voir dire proceedings.

Article VII, Section 3 of the New Mexico Constitution guarantees

“The right of any citizen of the state to vote, hold office or sit upon juries, shall never be restricted, abridged or impaired on account of religion, race, language or color, or inability to speak, read or write the English or Spanish languages except as may be otherwise provided in this constitution;”

The high court stated that the district court had in fact failed to provide an interpreter for the juror, but upheld the convictions.

“…Defendant’s trial took place in the Second Judicial District Court, the most populous district in our state, where a Spanish interpreter should have been readily available. At a minimum, voir dire should have been continued until the misdirected interpreter was brought to the correct court or a replacement interpreter secured.”

The court held that “the unpreserved error was not the kind of fundamental error that requires reversal of a conviction without a party’s raising the issue in the trial court.”

State of New Mexico v. Michael Anthony Samora (.pdf)

Fall 2013 Paralegal Club Officer Elections

8 Aug

Any student in the Paralegal Program is eligible to join the club by participating in club meetings. Any club member can be nominated for office. A club member may nominate themselves.

Nominations will open on August 28, 2013 and will remain open until September 4, 2013.

Nominees should include a brief bio. An example: “Tom Student – Vice President Nominee – I am a full time student in my second year in the program. I attend mostly day classes, and work a part time job at Starbucks. I live in Durham and volunteer at my local SPCA.” Additional info is acceptable. Nominations can be submitted via email to or in written form delivered to Susan Sutton. Nominees should have a commitment to service for the 2013-14 school year. There is typically one meeting per month during the school year.

An announcement naming the nominees, including the brief bio for each, will be placed on the department bulletin board and on the department blog. (

Ballots will be generated and placed on the department bulletin board and blog.

Voting will take place until September 11, 2013. Ballots can be emailed to Susan Sutton (place “Club Ballot” in the subject line} or brought to her office. The 2013-14 club officers will be announced September 16, 2013. A club officer meeting will be held shortly afterwards.

There are five positions. Their expected responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

– Report to the paralegal Technology Program Coordinator
– Liaison to alumni
– Preside over club meetings
– Attend on and off-campus student events
– Promote program within and outside college community
– Aid in fund-raising activities

Vice President
– Liaison to other student organizations
– Manage fund-raising activities
– Promote meetings
– Attend student events

– Record meeting minutes and distribute to club officers and Program Coordinator
– Provide notice of meetings
– Liaison with Paralegal Technology Program Coordinator to provide club content for program     blog and Twitter account

– Collect and safeguard club funds
– Keep an accurate record of financial transaction
– Present a year-end accounting of the club’s financial transactions
– Aid in fund-raising

Senate Liaison/Delegate
– Attend all senate meetings
– Represent club and report as required to senate
– Present information from senate meetings to club officers