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Ms. Marney Cullen, litigation paralegal at Hesse Martone, has been awarded the designation of Certified Paralegal (CP) from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

NALA’s credential has been acknowledged by the American Bar Association as a mark of high professional achievement. Out of 33,000 candidates who have sat for the exam, since 1975, only 8,600 are currently active. Approximately two-thirds of the candidates fail to pass the two portions of the exam on their first attempt. Ms. Cullen passed on her first attempt and within the State of Missouri, she is one of 147 paralegals who currently holds this designation. Way to go Marney!

To achieve these results, Marney studied while her children were asleep, sometimes as late as 4:00 AM, leaving her dog as the only possible distraction. The certification was all self-study, and Marney utilized online course and online study groups in addition to her preferred method – printed materials and highlighters.

This certification says that you have both the book learning and the work experience and that you have gone above and beyond in your studies to thoroughly understand all possible applications and practices.

Ms. Cullen now has her eye on completing one of the other five advanced certifications that are available. When asked why she committed to the advanced program, Marney responded, “You can say I’m a glutton for punishment.”

Hesse Martone continually strives to raise the bar in excellence of service to our clients and remain up to-date with the constant changes that affect the legal environment. We are proud to recognize our employees’ efforts to do the same, and we are excited to support Marney as she advances in her career.