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Anita G. Haworth: President of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and Senior Litigation Paralegal with Campbell Kyle Proffitt, LLP, Carmel, IN [By Kenneth Davis] Anita Haworth brought a wealth of life and work experience to her career as a paralegal. Prior to entering the paralegal field, she worked as a bartender, a waitress, and a Sears employee, was in the Air Force ROTC, and even worked in construction. She said that she didn’t really have a long-term plan to become a paralegal but came upon the opportunity through another job. Her opportunity to become a paralegal presented itself when she was working for law firm Bayliff, Harrigan, Cord & Maugans, which is based in her hometown of Kokomo, IN. Haworth said she worked her way up to her current position at the firm. “I started working there as a part-time file
Haworth said she performs a variety of tasks
In addition to her heavy workload at
clerk, became the full-time receptionist,
at her job and that each day is different.
Campbell Kyle, Haworth spends a lot of time involved in paralegal association work.
then clerk typist, then legal secretary,” she said. “When the paralegal position came
“On a day-to-day basis, I could be doing
She’s the current President of the National
open, I talked them into giving me the job.
anything,” she explained. “I could be
Federation of Paralegal Associations
It was just the natural progression. That’s
interviewing a witness, I could be drafting
(NFPA), a member of the Indiana Paralegal
when everybody did it that way.”
discovery or responding to a complaintreally
Association, and an advisory board member
just about anything,” she explained. “I
for Ivy Tech State College. Furthermore,
Haworth officially became a paralegal in
have drafted a few [discoveries], mainly
she was just appointed to the Thomas Edison
April of 1989 and continued to work at
in asbestos cases, motions for summary
Paralegal Program Advisory Board and is a
Bayliff Harrigan until 1995, when she joined
judgment, and, occasionally, I get to do a
paralegal member of the Indiana State Bar
Campbell Kyle Proffitt in its Carmel office.
little bit of legal research. But mostly the
She said she found the job at Campbell Kyle
attorneys do that or the law clerk [does]. I do
through the Indiana Paralegal Association’s
a lot of information gathering or investigative
Haworth said one of her duties as President
job bank. She is now a senior litigation
types of things, too.”
of NFPA is overseeing its national magazine,
paralegal at the firm. Haworth discussed the areas of law in which she works: “I do some asbestos and some family law,” she said. “We do some civil law as far as contracts or contract litigation; it’s all litigation, some criminal work, and some personal injury.” Haworth works for two attorneys at the firm: Senior Partner John D. Profitt and William E. Wendling, Jr., also Senior Partner. “John is semi-retired and does mainly family
Haworth said that she also works with litigation support vendors, drafts complaints, and prepares for mediations, among other sundry duties. “I am also a member of the disaster recovery committee,” she added. “And we are considering case management and document management software.” She said what she enjoys most about her job is the “variety and challenge of the work,” as well as the “great attorneys and paralegals that [she works] with.” Haworth added that her colleagues are “highly respected in the community and just really
the National Paralegal Reporter, which is published bimonthly. “I work with the editor and the publisher, and I have a committee,” she said. “We call it an editorial committee, so they help me come up with ideas for articles and things like that.” Haworth discussed some of her other duties as President: “I’m responsible for all NFPA contracts, oversee all aspects of NFPA, and liaison with other legal entities,” she said. “I am co-chair of NFPA’s upcoming Technology Institute,
have a lot of integrity.”
July 19th through 20th, 2007, in Pittsburgh,
family law […]. I do quite a bit of document
Haworth said that some of the most difficult
excited about this eventit will be great! I
management for Bill’s cases and assist with
challenges of her job are “managing the workload,
am also responsible for the agenda for and
the technology issues in the firm.”
stress, and dealing with emotional clients.”
presiding over the NFPA Annual Meeting.
law,” she said. “Bill keeps me busy full-time with the other types of cases and some
PA (at the Omni William Penn). We are very
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Our next Annual Meeting is scheduled for
association. Do an internship. Becoming
She added that she believes “paralegals need
October 18th through 22nd, 2007, in Tampa, FL
a paralegal is not the path to becoming
to be regulated, and there should be minimum
(at the Hyatt Regency).”
an attorney. Going in with that opinion is
standards for entry into the profession.”
the wrong idea, and it’s offensive to the She added that she’s also responsible for
dedicated paralegal. Although I’ve known
Haworth said her life and work experiences
NFPA’s newsletter, which comes out each
paralegals that went to law school, that is
were beneficial in helping her prepare to
month that its national magazine does not.
pretty much a rarity. Most paralegals are
become a paralegal.
professionals, and this is not just a job.” “So one month I’m writing for the Reporter,
“In high school, I wanted to be a police
and the next month, I’m writing for the
Haworth has worked on two murder trials,
officer and have always wanted to work
[newsletter],” she said.
which she said were highlights of her career.
with and help people,” she said. “I think
When asked how she manages to work
“The second one taught me how vulnerable
with people and recognize problems. I was
full-time as a paralegal and also tend to
and damaged defendants can be,” she said.
divorced many years ago, so I have that in
all her responsibilities as President of
“And you can then understandnot agree
common with our family law clients. My
NFPA, Haworth laughed as she gave the
withhow the individual came to do what
parents gave me a good, solid, Midwestern
upbringing. They taught me respect for the
“It’s pretty tricky. Both are full-time jobs,
Haworth added that some other memorable
that’s for sure.”
moments of her career involved “two very
my experiences taught me how to work
law, were loving and supportive, and instilled
large cases that were document-heavy.”
in me a strong love for God.” Haworth has been married to her husband for the past 21 years and has two stepsons
Haworth attended the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN, right after high school.
“I learned how very valuable the new
and six grandchildren. She said she really
At the university, she studied criminal
technology can be,” she said.
enjoys archery and target shooting, as
justice and was also in the Air Force ROTC.
well as crocheting, sewing, gardening, and
However, her father got sick, and she had
Haworth said the biggest highlight of her
spending time with her family. In addition,
to leave school. She later attended Indiana
career was working with legal aid and
she and her husband enjoy reenacting the
University, Kokomo, taking engineering and
helping a couple who couldn’t read.
French and Indian War, traveling, and going
computer classes, but got married and left college again.
camping together. “I will never forget going to a legal aid interview to find out that the husband had
Haworth said her goal for the future is to
Haworth obtained her paralegal certificate
a third-grade education and the wife had
one day get her master’s degree and teach a
in 1991. And in 1997, she took the Paralegal
a seventh-grade education,” she said.
Advanced Competency Exam and became
“Neither of them could read, and they had
a registered paralegal. She returned to
received an eviction notice and did not know
Indiana University, Kokomo, in 1999 to
what to do. It was so wonderful to be able to
complete her bachelor’s degree. She
graduated with honors in 2004 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology.
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Haworth said she believes that one of the most important issues facing the legal
National Federation of Paralegal
Haworth had the following advice for
community today is providing quality legal
services to the poor and middle classes.
“Get a good paralegal educationfour years is
“Many people simply cannot afford to hire
Indiana State Bar Association
betteror a bachelor’s in a related area with
attorneys,” she commented. “Paralegals
a paralegal certificate,” she said. “Good
can make the difference in helping people
grammar, spelling, and the ability to write
get representation because of the work that
are essential. Get involved in a paralegal
paralegals can do.”
Anita Haworth Brought A Wealth Of Life And Work Experience To Her Legal Career As A Paralegal Without Having A Long-Term Plan But Came Upon...