Deptford Twp. –Five of Rowan College at Gloucester County's (RCGC) top paralegal students proved that hard work and perseverance pay off during the College's Lambda Epsilon Chi Paralegal National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, May 9.
"You are ready," Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor Lucy McClain told the students. "You have been educated within one of the premier paralegal programs in the country. Today I say goodbye to you as students and happily welcome you into the legal profession as colleagues," said the former prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
There was one addition to the group of five Lambda Epsilon Chi inductees – honorary inductee and Vice President of Academic Services at RCGC, Dr. Linda Hurlburt. "I am always so proud of the students who meet the academic criteria for induction into Lambda Epsilon Chi," remarked Hurlburt. "I couldn't be more honored to now be counted as a member."
Hurlburt joined McClain, RCGC President Frederick Keating, Law and Justice Dean Fred Madden, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dominick Burzichelli, Vice President of Student Services Judith Atkinson and Vice President and Chief Information Officer Josh Piddington in congratulating the students and presenting certificates, pins and sashes.
Founded in 1995 by the American Association for Paralegal Education, Lambda Epsilon Chi recognizes paralegal students for their academic excellence. There are 167 chapters throughout the United States, To qualify for membership, candidates must have completed at least two-thirds of their academic program and attained a GPA of at least 3.5 in their paralegal studies program and a 3.25 GPA overall.
RCGC's Paralegal program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1998 and provides students with specialized legal training, enabling them to gather and analyze facts relevant to legal disputes, perform legal research, assist attorneys in drafting legal documents, and prepare witnesses and evidence for presentation during legal proceedings.
Pictured left to right: Paralegal Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor Lucy McClain and inductees Noelle Palmer, Sam Goldberg, Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Linda Hurlburt, Cynthia Twarowski, Danielle M. Starkey and Kristal Warren.
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.