Two stories about everyday events are in the news, and that is good news for the paralegal profession. One is a report of a paralegal receiving advanced certification and one is about a paralegal being hired. What is significant here is that both appear to be press releases from law firms who recognize the importance of paralegals to their firms, and the value that can be added to the firm when the public knows their paralegals and the qualifications of their paralegals. The mere fact that the firms viewed these events as a PR opportunity is a good sign for the paralegal profession and the prospects for establishing a professional identity. Here are the two stories:
Local paralegal awarded advanced designation
Meredith Lazarski, paralegal with the law firm of Hale & Bolchoz on Hilton Head Island, has been awarded the Advanced Certified Paralegal designation by NALA, the association of legal assistants/paralegals. Lazarski now is authorized to use the “ACP” designation, and might pursue advanced certification in other legal disciplines in the future. Lazarski also is a member and officer of the National Association for Legal Secretaries’ local association, Hilton Head Legal Staff Professionals.
Zarian, Midgley and Johnson, PLLC, has announced that Greg Bradford has joined the firm as the newest member of its paralegal team. Bradford will focus his work on litigation support. He has more than five years experience as a litigation paralegal and is the current vice president of education for the Idaho Association of Paralegals.
Bradford earned his Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from California State University, Fresno. He is fluent in Spanish.