At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we make an effort to invest in our own legal knowledge and education. This, in turn, helps us better the lives of our clients.
Becoming a Certified Paralegal is a case in point.
According to the Association of Paralegals, the Certified Paralegal exam is a voluntary professional credentialing program. In other words, taking and passing this examination is not a requirement to work as a paralegal.
Yet Staci Maret, paralegal to DeShon L. Pullen and legal professional since 2005, recently took the exam and became a Certified Paralegal.
What does it take to become a Certified Paralegal?
The Certified Paralegal exam is comprehensive and covers a wide range of topics, including legal research, analytical ability, and ethics, to name a few. Exam takers must also demonstrate knowledge of substantive areas of the law, including litigation and contracts.
The Certified Paralegal program itself goes back to 1976, when it was first established.
The “Certified Paralegal” credential serves as a reference point for the public in choosing a law firm that employs paralegals who demonstrate a commitment to both the legal profession and to providing excellent client service.
Staci LeSueur adds ‘Certified Paralegal’ to an already impressive list of qualifications.
Not only is Staci now a Certified Paralegal, but in 2006 she successfully completed 40 hours of mediation training – the same training that licensed attorneys must take to become mediators – and went on to complete advanced family law mediation training.
In this capacity, Staci supports the work of firm founder DeShon L. Pullen as paralegal and provides mediation services to family law and divorce clients.
A magna cum laude graduate of Aurora University, Staci is a member of the Maricopa County Association of Family Law Mediators and the Arizona Association of Independent Paralegals, among others.