The Reporter Newsletter – February 2009


The Reporter Newsletter – February 2009

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February 2009

From the President

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Success Story

By G. Carole Morris, Certified Legal Manager

My career in legal administration started by chance in the spring of 1960, while I was a junior in high school. In May 2006, I celebrated my 45th year with Mabry & McClelland, LLP. Had anyone told me in 1961 that I would still be working with the same firm 45 years later, I probably would have run screaming from the room and ultimately missed out on some great experiences!

A Quick Start

I decided early in life that I wanted to be a secretary when I grew up. I do not know how the idea originated; it was just there. In the spring of 1960, one of my teachers asked me if I was interested in working for a law firm for the summer. A former graduate of my high school was a legal secretary for a three-man firm in Atlanta, and she was scheduled for an appendectomy that would force her to miss work for two months. Needing a replacement for the summer, she called her former high school to see if any qualified students could cover for her. The teacher chose me, and I went on an interview.

I interviewed with Ed Henning, and as luck would have it, we hit it off immediately. He hired me that day, and I worked for the firm for two months. In the early 1960s, courts in Atlanta recessed for the summer, so it was not a hectic time. Nevertheless, it was a fun and rewarding experience. During my first day on the job, I had to deal with an electric typewriter with a carbon ribbon that dared to run out! Because I had never seen an electric typewriter – much less a carbon ribbon – Ed and I called IBM and got a representative to walk us through how to change the ribbon.

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