Paralegal event at KCC to include workshops and more April 13

PSA President Caity Benham, left, and Paralegal Program Coordinator Susan McCabe.

PSA President Caity Benham, left, and Paralegal Program Coordinator Susan McCabe.

Students interested in a legal career will find a one-stop shop of information in Kellogg Community College’s Parapalooza event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

The free event, hosted by KCC’s Paralegal Student Association (PSA), is an annual paralegal event that includes workshops, free professional clothing and representatives from several paralegal organizations and college programs. It will be held at the Mawby Center (Miller College) on KCC’s North Avenue campus, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

PSA President Caity Benham said the event is open to the public and that anyone interested in the legal profession is welcome.

“The event is designed to further your legal education and jumpstart your career, but you do not need to be a paralegal student to attend,” Benham said.

The event will include four professional workshops, each of which will Benham said will run at least twice. Workshops include:

  • A resume workshop led by Patrick Casey, director of Career and Employment Services at KCC
  • A job interview workshop led by representatives from the Kalamazoo Jaycees
  • A workshop about nontraditional paralegal skills led by Michigan Assistant Attorney General Scott Teter
  • A workshop about paralegal certification led by Sharon Werner, Region 5 director of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), and Cheryl Nodarse, council member and committee chair of the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section of the State Bar of Michigan

Representatives from colleges including Cooley Law School, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and Siena Heights University will be on hand to provide information about their paralegal programs.

Representatives from professional paralegal organizations including the NALA, the NALS association for legal professionals, and the Paralegal/ Legal Assistant Section of the State Bar of Michigan; the Kalamazoo Jaycees; and several KCC departments, programs and student organizations also will be available.

In addition, new and gently used professional clothing acquired through the generous donations of community members will be given away during the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Throughout the semester, the Paralegal Program accepts donations and stores them for this event,” Benham said. “The free clothing is available to help students start building their professional wardrobes.”

Parapalooza attendees will also have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader.

For more information about Parapalooza or to donate professional clothing for the event, contact PSA President Caity Benham at For information about the Paralegal Program at Kellogg Community College, visit

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