PERSONNEL FILE: Huddleston Bolen Legal Assistant earns CLA Professional Credential

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 16, 2009

HUNTINGTON -- Huddleston Bolen has announced that Lacy A. Stamper successfully has completed the Certified Legal Assistant examination and now is certified to use the "CLA" professional designation.

Stamper, a legal assistant in the firm's Huntington office, is among 110 legal assistants in West Virginia and 15,380 legal assistants nationwide who have attained this goal.

"We encourage all of our professionals to advance their careers through continuing education," said Tom Gilpin, chairman of the firm's Management Committee. "The CLA designation demonstrates a commitment by Lacy to her profession and to the firm's clients. Everyone at the firm joins in celebration of this milestone."

A legal assistant at Huddleston Bolen since 2006, Stamper graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate of Applied Science in Legal Assisting. She is an active member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia (LAPSWV), and a paralegal member of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.

Stamper also is Team Captain of The Replacements in the American Cancer Society's Cabell County Relay for Life, and served on the First Priority Federal Credit Union J.P. Hutchinson Memorial Scholarship Committee.

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.

Huddleston Bolen is a full service law firm representing global corporations, national companies, regional businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals. The firm's 50 attorneys practice in offices located in Huntington and Charleston in West Virginia and Ashland and Louisville in Kentucky. Founded in 1871, Huddleston Bolen represents clients in many areas, including banking and finance, health care, insurance, litigation, labor and employment, natural resources, real estate, transportation, and trusts and estates.

For more information on Huddleston Bolen, visit the firm's Web site at

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