New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) January 28, 2013
Becky Rolland, President of the New Orleans Paralegal Association, was named Paralegal of the Year by Avansic: E Discovery & Digital Forensics recognizing her leadership abilities, commitment to advancing the paralegal profession and dedication in serving the legal community and the community at large.
“Avansic has awarded a Paralegal of the Year for the past two years because we know how important paralegals are in all aspects of the legal business, especially in e-discovery,” Dr. Gavin W. Manes, founder of Avansic said. “We want to recognize and encourage outstanding contributions by individuals whose leadership and dedication have had an extraordinary and positive impact within the legal community and Becky did just that.”
Rolland, in her 24th year as a paralegal, currently works at Jones Walker LLP. Earning her Paralegal Certificate in 1992, her Certified Bankruptcy Assistant certification from the American Judicial Assistants Association in 2003, she furthered her career by passing the Paralegal Advance Competency Test in 2010 to become a Registered Paralegal. In 2008, Becky Rolland was chosen as an expert in her field and asked to submit a chapter on Bankruptcy Law in Carole A. Bruno's book Lessons From The Top Paralegal Experts: The 15 Most Successful Paralegals In America and What You Can Learn From Them. Rolland’s legal experience also includes a background in energy and environmental, real estate, corporate, agricultural, maritime, personal injury and intellectual property law.
Before she became President of the New Orleans Paralegal Association (NOPA) in October, 2011, Rolland served on the Board of Directors for NOPA as Vice President and National Federation of Paralegal Association’s (NFPA) Primary and Secondary Representatives. She also served on various committees for NOPA and NFPA. Kathy Williams, who has served over a decade on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Association, had this to say regarding Ms. Rolland, “Because of her efforts, the New Orleans Paralegal Association is better known, not only in the legal community of New Orleans, but in the overall general community as well…Her leadership made a huge difference to NOPA, and set the stage for even bigger and better successes in NOPA’s future and for the paralegal profession in New Orleans.”
Candidates were nominated by their colleagues in the legal community and were evaluated on their commitment to volunteer work and continuing legal education, their contributions to publications and professional organizations, and their mentorship of paralegal students. Further criteria included the candidates’ individual achievements that contributed to expansion of the paralegal profession and improved the efficiency of paralegal duties. Other candidates included Gayle Green of Forman, Perry Watkins, Krutz & Tardy, LLP, Germaine Galjour of Geiger, Laborde & Laperouse, LLC and Kathy Williams of Entergy. The panel of judges included Joe Mulenex, Regional Technical Director for Avansic and Dede Soule, Manager of Sales and Marketing.
Founded in 2004, Avansic is a leading provider of e-discovery and digital forensics services to attorneys, litigation support teams, and business communities across the nation. Avansic takes a scientific approach to e-discovery and has created a reputation as a trustworthy, reliable and responsive specialist in the e-discovery and forensics fields.