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National High School Mock Trial Championship – Volunteers Needed

2 Apr

From the NCBA Paralegal Division:

Do you want a chance to encourage motivated young people to achieve more than they dreamed possible? Would you like to invest in the future leaders of our nation? Well, you can — and you’ll have a chance to network and have lots of fun in the process!

On May 15 – 16, more than 400 students from 40+ states, several US territories, and even South Korea will gather in downtown Raleigh to compete for the National High School Mock Trial Championship. These students — state and national champions — have been working for months to prepare, and we need your help to make it happen!

Beginning Wednesday, May 13, we need 200+ site volunteers to ensure the competition runs smoothly. Volunteers will staff information desks, serve as liaisons during competition rounds, monitor attendance at evening events, assist with set-up and clean-up, and welcome student competitors, parents, and judges. Intrigued? Visit to learn more!

Opportunities are available for a few hours or the entire day, and everyone is welcome—no previous experience with mock trial is necessary. We’ll also give you a cool t-shirt!

To register, go to and sign up as a site volunteer (choose “Other Volunteer Sign Up Form” to register). Feel free to email me with any questions — and thanks in advance for your support!

Susan H. Johnson, MPH
Program Coordinator

Carolina Center for Civic Education

T: 919-360-0848 | F: 919-967-4953
P.O. Box 9626
Chapel Hill, NC 27515


Minority Pre Law Conference – March 21

18 Mar

Minority Pre Law Conf


9:00-9:30 – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30-10:15 – Keynote Address: Honorable Craig Croom, Wake County District Court Judge
10:15-11:00 – Saying Yes to Law School: Is Law School Worth the Cost?
11:00-11:15 – Break
11:15-12:00 – Making a Statement: Practical Advice for Writing Effective Personal and Diversity Statement
12:00-12:45 – My Law School Experience: What I Wish I Knew Before Applying
12:45-1:30 – Networking Lunch
1:30-2:15 – Breaking the Mold: Alternative Careers for Lawyers
2:15-2:30 – Wrap –up and Action Plan

For more information, contact Ashley Randall at

NCBA Paralegal Division Career Fair April 4th

2 Apr
From the North Carolina Bar Association:
It’s not too late to sign up for the 2014 Paralegal Career Fair!!  This is an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates to talk to experienced paralegals, legal support vendors, NC State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification, and local paralegal organizations.  We are also featuring a Career Dressing Corner where attendees can register  to win a variety of gift cards from our sponsors, including a $150 Belk gift card sponsored by CaseWorks!
Please visit the following link to sign-up:

Date:  Friday, April 4, 2014

Time:  1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location:  Guilford Technical Community College
Building w2 (Continuing Education Center) in Rooms 152 A-D located at
3505 E. Wendover Ave, Greensboro, NC.

Save the Date! NCBA Paralegal Career Fair – April 4, 2014

26 Feb


From the NCBA Paralegal Division:

It’s Career Fair Time!

The fourth annual paralegal career fair will be held on April 4, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Greensboro campus of Guilford Technical Community College.  Students from paralegal programs across the Triad and surrounding counties are invited and encouraged to attend.  We are grateful to the GTCC paralegal program for their support and providing the space to host this year’s fair.

Our focus this year is to provide attendees the opportunity to gain valuable insight on the paralegal profession from working paralegals, hiring managers, paralegal associations, and legal vendors.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to visit with working paralegals from a variety of practice areas and talk to them about their jobs and the area of law they support.  We will also have the Paralegal Division’s Pro Bono Committee on hand to discuss the Guardian Ad Litem program, an excellent opportunity to gain immediate exposure to the court system.

We have also invited law firm hiring managers, firm administrators, and recruiting agencies to attend and speak about today’s hiring practices and what to expect during the interview process.  In addition, we will also have legal support companies in attendance.  Attendees should take the opportunity to speak with these companies and learn about how they support the legal profession, as opportunities for alternate or hybrid careers for paralegals are becoming more prevalent. Please note that we cannot guarantee these firms or companies will have employment opportunities at the time of the fair.

In addition, we are excited to have Joy Belk, Assistant Director of Paralegal Certification, from the North Carolina Board of Paralegal Certification attend.  She will be available to discuss certification and answer any appropriate questions about the paralegal certification exam.  We are also excited to have the Guilford Paralegal Association join us to volunteer and sponsor the resume review.  The resume review allows attendees to receive positive feedback and tips to help tailor their resume for applying to a job in the legal profession.

Finally, this year’s fair will feature a professional dress corner!  Attendees can view some sample outfits that would be appropriate for interviews, court room visit and a day at the office, as well as tips on how to dress without breaking the bank!   Attendees who visit the corner will have the opportunity to register and win door prizes including gift cards to local department stores that can help them purchase the right interview attire.

Please contact Leslie Pegram via email at with questions or to sign up to volunteer.

You can sign up to attend this year’s fair at the following link.


  • Dress professionally
  • Have your resume reviewed
  • Network
  • Talk to all the exhibitors and volunteers about their jobs
  • Visit the career dressing area

Feb. 5 – NCBA Lunch & Learn is Coming to DTCC!

3 Feb

The North Carolina Bar Association’s Paralegal Division is sponsoring a Lunch & Learn session at Durham Tech’s main campus on Wednesday, February 5th, from noon to 1:30 pm in White 50. This will be a dynamic question and answer session. Jot down a few questions before you come, or think about what you’d like to gain from the session. What do you think are your weaknesses in interviewing? What would you like to emphasize on your resume? How can you help a potential employer see the potential in you, even if this is your first paralegal job? What kinds of firms are hiring?  Find out how to prepare for the job hunt this Wednesday! Lunch will be served.

Save the Date! The NCBA Lunch & Learn is Feb. 5th

27 Jan

The North Carolina Bar Association’s Paralegal Division is sponsoring a Lunch & Learn session at Durham Tech’s main campus on Wednesday, February 5th, from noon to 1:30 pm. Two guest paralegal pros will deliver hot tips on resume preparation, interviewing skills, and more that focus on strategies for landing the paralegal job you want in today’s economy. Get the information you need for your job search in advance of the upcoming NCBA Career Fair. Lunch will be served. Contact Susan Sutton for more information. The classroom location will be announced soon.

Volunteer Opportunity at NCBA – Lawyers 4 Literacy

5 Nov

The North Carolina Bar Association is giving Durham Technical Community College paralegal students the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s future. Volunteers will meet with a student or small group of elementary school students and help them read books that focus on civics, history or biography.

Want to go to a Lawyers 4 Literacy event? Visit the Southpoint Barnes & Noble Bookfair on Sunday, December 1st, at 1pm.

From the NCBA’s Lawyers 4 Literacy page:

Lawyers 4 Literacy (L4L)

L4L consists of Judges, attorneys, paralegals and law students who will spend 30 minutes a week for a minimum of 4 weeks with 1-4 students who have been selected by their teacher for additional help to improve their reading skills. Volunteers will share their time, love of reading and knowledge of Civics, US History, and biographies of American heroes.  Volunteers are required to listen to the children read interesting non-fiction books and pitch-in as needed.

L4L has not only helped these young students with reading skills, it has sparked their interest in non-fiction books in general.  Children do want to read about real things that happened and are curious about how they can become active and vital parts of their government and a part of the change that they want to see in the world around them.

On the first day the students will be given a passport booklet to record the books they read, with the volunteer and alone.

Here’s how it works:

  • Volunteers will meet with a student or group of students (1-4) to practice reading.
  • LRE provides these primary books on the topics connected to civics, history or biography.
  • During each 30 minute visit, the children read and the volunteer discusses the book or additional books with the students.
  • At the end of four sessions, the students receive a certificate and their choice of book as an incentive for their hard work and to help start to their own home library.

The LRE department of the NCBA supplies the books, passports, and certificates in a kit to the local volunteer coordinator who will supply them to the volunteer readers that are connected with a school involved in L4L.