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Paralegal Students Get Practical Experience in Real Court Setting

The Roanoke Valley Campus recently named the Roanoke City Juvenile & Domestic Relations (JDR) District Court as a Distinguished Community Employer for their support of ANU’s ABA-approved paralegal program. Several paralegal students have benefited from this strong partnership through the internnship program. In addition, graduate Ebony Hicks found permanent employment in the Clerk of Court office after completing an internship there.

“Hands-on instruction in a professional environment is a crucial part of the learning process,” said Linda Slough, department chair for the paralegal program. “Our students get that from working in the Clerk of Court office. It is a great learning experience in a supportive environment.”

On Thursday, January 30th, Linda, along with campus director Ron Bradbury, visited the JDR Clerk of Court office and presented a plaque of appreciation to David Wells, Kimberly Gaking, Leslie Langhorn, and Ebony Hicks for their partnership with the JDR District Court.

“Our work in the Juvenile District Court Clerk’s Office is not interpreting the law, but to understand how it applies to the cases that come before the court,” said Mr. Wells, Clerk of Court. “We look for employees who have a willingness to learn, who can learn quickly and apply that knowledge. By having interns from ANU work in our office we can see if that ability is demonstrated.”

Mr. Wells and the JDR District Court office staff will be working with another ANU paralegal student-intern at the start of the next term.

Campus Director Ron Bradbury (3rd from right) and paralegal department chair Linda Slough (2nd from right) are pictured presenting a plaque of appreciation to David Wells (3rd from left) and his staff at the Roanoke City JDR District Court. ANU graduate and JDR District Court employee Ebony Hicks is pictured 2nd from the left.

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