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Competency and Confidentiality for Paralegals (Paralegal Lunchtime Webcast)

11:55      Welcome and Introductions

12:00      Competency and Confidentiality for Paralegals*

Catherine Sanders Reach, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary

Misfired emails. Erroneous attachments. Spoliation in eDiscovery. The Internet of Things. Improperly applied redaction. Overactive spam filters. Phishing. Exposed metadata. Weak passwords. Lost mobile devices. The list goes on. A lawyer's duties of competence and confidentiality extend to the paralegals they supervise.

Learn how to avoid end user error, maintain a security first stance, guard client confidentiality, and protect sensitive data. In this session we explore common threats to law firm security and how to avoid them.

1:00        Adjourn

* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit

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  • Alice L. Johnson

    Alice L. Johnson is the Senior Litigation Paralegal at ABB in Cary. She currently works as a paralegal for 10 attorneys specializing in labor and employment litigation and business immigration. She performs numerous tasks including organizing and coordinating documents, legal writing, drafting legal documents and agreements. She also prepares visa applications and petitions for immigrant and nonimmigrant workers.

    Click here for more information about Alice.

  • Kimberly M. Johnson

    Kimberly M. Johnson is with ReBath in Raleigh. She is a member of the Paralegal Division Council and participates in the CPE and Diversity & Inclusion committees. In 2021, she developed two lunch and learn sessions for the CPE committee: Competency and Confidentiality for Paralegals and Inclusion Within the Multicultural and Multigenerational Workplace. She is a member of the Bar Association's Task Force On Integration, Equity and Equal Justice.

    Kimberly graduated from Wofford College with a B.A. in History. She has a M.A. in Human Resources Management from Webster University. She received her paralegal certificate from Midlands Technical College.

  • Paulene Scott Kearney

    Paulene Scott Kearney is a AVP Compliance Officer for First Citizens Bank in Raleigh. She focuses on tracking, investigating, and response to customer complaints in accordance with First Citizens Bank's Complaint Management Program. She resolves complex operational and compliance issues through effective communication with stakeholders to evaluate current processes and appropriate response. She assists with integrating the complaint programs of two separate banks, in addition to, the overall expansion and improvement of efficient and effective data collection, analysis, and management reporting processes for bank customer complaints.

    Paulene was formally the Legal Operatoins Manager in the Creditor's Rights Department at Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers LLP in Raleigh. She managed up to 20 paralegals and paralegal assistants in the NC, SC and VA high volume practice areas.She was with the firm for 21 years.

    In 2003, Paulene completed the Paralegal Studies Program through UNC Wilmington. She has been a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal since 2007. She is currently on the board of the NC Bar Association Paralegal Committee and has served on the board of the RWPA in various roles since 2012. One of those roles was the President of the RWPA from 2018-2020.

    Paulene has two beautiful daughters, Ciara and Ariel, and a sweet dog named Penelope Grace.

    Click here for more information about Paulene.

  • Catherine Sanders Reach

    Catherine Sanders Reach is Director for the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association, providing practice technology and management assistance to lawyers and legal professionals. Formerly she was Director, Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association and the Director at the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center.

    Prior to her work at the NCBA, CBA and ABA she worked in library and information science environments for a number of years, working at Ross and Hardies as a librarian. She received a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1997.

    Catherine's professional activities include articles published in Law Practice magazine, Law Technology News and GPSolo Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. She has given presentations on the use of technology in law firms for national bar conferences, state and local bar associations and organizations such as the National Association of Bar Council and the Association of American Law Schools. In 2011 she was selected to be one of the inaugural Fastcase 50, celebrating fifty innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the field of law and in 2013 became Professionalism for New Attorneys (PNA) a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. She served on the ABA TECHSHOW Board from 2007-2009, 2014-2016 and is co-vice chair in 2019.

    Click here for more information about Catherine. Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

December 14, 2021
Tue 11:55 AM EST

Duration 1H 5M

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