CHARLESTON -- Steptoe & Johnson has announced that Renee Clay, a paralegal in the firm's Charleston office, has completed the two-day certified legal assistant/paralegal examination and is now entitled to use of the "CLA" or "CP" professional credential.
Clay is among 103 paralegals in the state of West Virginia and 14,341 paralegals nationwide who have achieved this goal.
Established in 1976, the CLA/CP examination program is a voluntary professional credentialing program developed by the National Association of Legal Assistants and administered by a board composed of paralegals, members of the American Bar Association and members of the field of education active in paralegal training. The program involves completion of an extensive, written examination covering the topics of communications, legal research, ethics, human relations and interviewing techniques, legal terminology, judgment and analytical ability, and substantive law.
The National Association of Legal Assistants, headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., is a national, non-profit association which represents over 18,000 paralegals through individual members and 86 affiliated state and local associations. It is the leader in the growth and development of the paralegal profession, providing continuing education, professional development, and certification programs for the career field.
Steptoe & Johnson is a corporate defense firm with particular strengths in energy, labor and litigation supporting over 30 areas of practice. The firm is comprised of over 185 lawyers resident in seven locations throughout West Virginia and Ohio. For nearly a century, Steptoe & Johnson has demonstrated its commitment to quality, devoting personal attention, experience, skill, and resources to client-focused service.