NC Bar Association Member Speaks to SCC Paralegal Students

{alt_text} Debbie Harris with the North Carolina Bar Association spoke to students in the Paralegal Technology program at Surry Community College.

Posted: Oct 09, 2018

Debbie Harris with the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) recently spoke to students in the Paralegal Technology program at Surry Community College about opportunities in the paralegal field.

Harris addressed all areas of law, explained the advantages to belonging to the NCBA, and gave students practical advice for when they are working in places such as the courthouse. 

She discussed tips for job interviews and warned that, “Showing up for a job is not enough; you have to always give 120 percent.” 

Lead Paralegal Instructor Selina Dougherty said, “It was an informative talk with valuable advice for our students.” 

Harris presented a donated a set of 2016 North Carolina General Statutes, courtesy of the NCBA, to the college’s Paralegal Technology program during her presentation. 

“These books will be invaluable to students, and I am grateful,” Dougherty said.

Harris is the Clerk to the Board for Davidson County Government, and the Immediate Past Chair of the Paralegal Division (PD) of the North Carolina Bar Association.  Along with being a member of the Executive Committee for the PD, she also serves as chair of its scholarship committee, as PD Liaison to the Juvenile Justice and Children’s Rights Section. She is a member of the planning committee for the Bar Association’s Annual Meeting.  Harris has been a member of the NCBA and a North Carolina Certified Paralegal since 2006, but has worked as a Paralegal in Ohio and North Carolina since 1987.  

In addition, she serves on the board of directors of the Workshop of Davidson, the North Carolina Association of County Clerks, and the Tourism Recreation Investment Partnership (TRIP) of Davidson County.  She is also a member of the Davidson County Community College Paralegal Program Advisory Board, and the Davidson County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.  

Surry Community College is designated as a Qualified Paralegal Studies Program by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification. The Paralegal Technology curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks and assisting with substantive legal work. Course work includes substantive and procedural legal knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts, and commercial law. 

Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records search, drafting and filing legal documents, research, and office management. Employment opportunities are available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies, and other business organizations.

For more information on the Paralegal Technology program at SCC, contact Dougherty at (336) 386-3257 or

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