Bell Legal Group’s Sonya Smith earns ‘CP’ distinction

Georgetown, SC – October 11, 2010 – Bell Legal Group is proud to announce that Sonya Smith has successfully completed the Certified Paralegal exam administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants, and is officially entitled to use the professional credentials “CLA” (Certified Legal Assistant) or “CP” (Certified Paralegal).

This makes Ms. Smith one of only 177 “Certified Paralegals” in South Carolina, and among the nation’s 16,218 members.

“We are proud of Sonya’s accomplishments and applaud her dedication to distinguishing herself in her field,” said Tom Winslow, a Bell Legal Group attorney and Smith’s supervisor. “Bell Legal Group has always tried to support and encourage continuing education for all employees.”

Established in 1976, the voluntary professional credentialing program was developed by the National Association of Legal Assistants and is administered by a board comprised of paralegals, members of the American Bar Association and professional legal educators.

The comprehensive exam covers a wide range of topics, including legal research, communications, ethics, human relations, interviewing techniques and legal terminology. Continuing legal education is required to maintain status.

The National Association of Legal Assistants represents more than 18,000 paralegals, and is headquartered in Tulsa Oklahoma; www.nala.org.

The Bell Legal Group, established in 1983, is one of South Carolina’s leading plaintiff’s litigation firms. The firm specializes in a variety of complex litigation areas such as environmental contamination, automobile defect and safety issues, product liability, human rights violations, and medical care issues. Twelve attorneys, backed by a staff of 30 dedicated professionals, litigate cases on the local, state, and national level.