HUNTINGTON -- Huddleston Bolen has announced that employees Jill Francisco, Wynona Maynor and Lauren Aldridge have successfully completed the Certified Legal Assistant examination and are now certified to use the "CLA" professional designation.

Francisco and Maynor both are paralegal's in the firm's Huntington office. Maynor also operates as the records manager for the office. Aldridge is the firm's law librarian in the William C. Beatty law library housed within the firm. This Beatty Library is one of the oldest and largest private law libraries in the United States.

The Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) examination program is a voluntary professional credentialing program developed by the National Association of Legal Assistants and administered by a board composed of legal assistants, members of the American Bar Association, and members of the field of education active in legal assistant training. The CLA program involves successful completion of a two-day comprehensive examination covering the topics of communications, legal research, ethics, human relations and interviewing techniques, legal terminology, judgment and analytical ability and five sections of general and substantive law.

"We have always encouraged our professionals to further their careers by achievement through continuing their education," said Tom Gilpin, chair of the firm's management committee. "These designations demonstrate a commitment by Jill, Wynona and Lauren to their profession. We all celebrate their achievement."

Huddleston Bolen is a law firm with more than 50 attorneys practicing in offices located in Huntington and Charleston in West Virginia and in Ashland and Louisville in Kentucky. The firm, founded in 1871, represents clients in many practice groups including banking and finance, health care, insurance, litigation, natural resources, real estate and transportation.

For more information about the firm, visit www.huddlestonbolen.com.

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