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Member Spotlight on Kara White

Posted By Rachel Daeger, Thursday, April 2, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Kara White, B.A., a paralegal at Rosell Law Group, loves education and the law. She is driven, determined and wants to know everything about the law so that she may set a good example for her two children. At the Rosell Law Group, she assists eight civil litigation and transactional attorneys. Before moving to Rosell, Kara specialized in consumer bankruptcy as a legal assistant for the North Alabama Bankruptcy Court in Huntsville, and Chris Mudd & Associates, PLLC, in Oklahoma City. Then Kara moved to trust administration, guardianship and estate law at Brady R. Hunt & Associates in Midwest City, Oklahoma. 

What she likes best about her job and legal career is the constant opportunity to learn. Her favorite words of wisdom support that: “Stay Curious” from Chris Voss, former lead international kidnapping negotiator and founder of Black Swan, a negotiation training business.  Her curiosity is demonstrated daily through communicating with her supervising attorneys and in her classes at Rose State College.

Kara’s legal career started only four years ago after serving as a L.I.N.K.S (Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills)  Mentor / Volunteer and as a Family Readiness Assistant/ Volunteer supporting the training of Marine Corps families at both Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Camp Allen, Virgina Marine Corps bases. Kara was also Marketing Director for Chick-Fil-A in Hampton Cove, Alabama. 

Her work ethic, determination and drive come from being raised in the military. “From the time I was born until six years ago, I moved 11 times to two countries and eight states.” Her parents encouraged her to push forward, do better, and set goals. “Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do something.  Set your goals and keep working towards them, even if it takes small steps.”

After moving so much, Kara was able to graduate with a double bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Criminology and Sociology, following an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.  In January 2019, Kara entered the Paralegal Program at Rose State College in Oklahoma and will graduate in May 2020.  “It has been a long, hard road. I have carried a full courseload, worked full-time and have been able to make it to almost all of my boys’ activities and still have date nights with my husband.  Please don’t ask how I do it, because I don’t know.” This shows that if you want something bad enough and work for it, you can have it. 

Part of Kara’s interest in building a legal career comes from the education and resources that a professional organization can bring. The impetus for Kara to join NALS is being able “to network with other legal assistants and paralegals at the local and national level.”  This came true when she attended the 2019 National NALS Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Attending the conference was also a great way to continue her legal education. She appreciates that NALS membership offers “additional education, resources and networking in conjunction with my paralegal degree.”

Holding memberships in several organizations certainly keeps the learning and networking fresh.  Kara is a member in good standing with NALS … The Association for Legal Professionals, NALA … the Paralegal Association, COALA … Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants, and The Rose State College Paralegal Association.  Kara is “constantly attending continuing legal education events, both online and in person; workshops and leadership summits.” She will be attending her second Global Leadership Summit this year.  This demonstrates a serious desire to learn about law and network with others who love it too.

After a week of full-time legal work and continuing legal education, Kara’s calm center is her husband.  “He has the ability to get me to focus when my mind is going in a million different directions.” She loves him and their two boys, 10 and 14 years old, above all else. The family attends church, where Kara works in the nursery, and high school events where their oldest son plays in the band.  Any free time is spent running, swimming, reading, gaming, and other activities with the guys.  The whole family is a bunch of bookworms and they like to build shelves to display the best books worth revisiting.  Some of Kara’s recent books read include Sacred Slow, 360 Leadership, and Hope in the Dark.

Kara’s plans for the future are to “obtain at least one Paralegal Certification, obtain ACEDS (association of e-discovery specialists) Certification, and spend time with my guys.  Maybe at some point learn to completely sit still and just be.”  Somehow, for a person with this much interest and determination, being still might be too slow. It will be interesting to see where Kara’s career in law goes from here.

- by Allison Streepey, B.A., CRS, CLP

Have a member you'd like to recommend to be interviewed by the Editorial Board? Please email rachel@nals.org.

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