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Paralegal

George Mason University

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES209
Hours: 300
Fees: $2095.00 USD

About The Instructor

Pearlie Bush was born and raised in a small town in Louisiana. After graduating high school, she attended Southern University, majoring in political science with a minor in English. While conducting her undergraduate studies, she was also active in politics and had the opportunity to work on the campaigns of Senator Willie Crain and Charles Jones, and she also served as Senator Crain's committee clerk at the Louisiana State Capital.

She went on to earn her law degree from the Southern University Law Center. In law school, she concentrated her studies in the areas of contract and constitutional law. While in law school, she worked as a law clerk for the Louisiana Public Defender's Office. While working for the Public Defender's Office, she drafted various motions and briefs on several landmark cases.

After graduating law school, she moved to Georgia and ran a private law office. Pearlie also worked as a case law editor for Lexis-Nexis and edited and prepared final drafts for legal cases stored in the company's data base. Pearlie has taught various legal courses at a variety of institutions. In her free time, as little as it is, she enjoys volunteering and spending time with her husband, children, friends, and family. She enjoys outdoor activities and attends all Atlanta Falcons football games.

Casey Thompson received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree, with his major concentration in Management, from Texas Tech University in 1994. After beginning his business career, he enrolled in the evening law school program at Texas Wesleyan University in 1996. Casey worked full time while attending law school at night. He graduated from Wesleyan and passed the Bar exam in 2000. This experience gives Casey a better understanding of the requirements of the non-traditional student.

Casey became a licensed attorney in the State of Texas in 2000. His major areas of practice were business and corporate law, entertainment law, and intellectual property rights. Along with this online Paralegal program, he also currently teaches as a traditional classroom instructor in the areas of state and federal government.

Amy L. Anderson, earned her BA in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology from Oregon State University in 1995. After finishing a post-graduate certificate in Latin American studies in 1996, she worked for a year as an English teacher in Yamagata prefecture, Japan. She served nine years as a Legal Affairs Specialist and Photojournalist with the Oregon Army National Guard. 

A Trustees' Merit Scholar, Amy received her JD from the Willamette University College of Law in 2000.  As a law student, she made presentations before the Joint Judiciary Committee of the Oregon Legislature and participated in an international law student exchange in South America.  Admitted in Oregon, she has practiced U.S. immigration and naturalization law since 2000, beginning practice as an associate with one of San Francisco's oldest immigration law firms. She has represented clients in many states and countries handling a wide array of immigration and citizenship matters, with a special interest in religious workers and asylum cases based on religious persecution. She has appeared in removal cases in Immigration Court and in appellate cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals. 

In addition to this Paralegal program, Amy has also taught both online and traditional lecture courses in estate planning and probate, family law, and introduction to law and paralegal studies.  Having lived in California, Maryland, and Virginia, she dreams of returning to her home state of Oregon in the beautiful Pacific Northwest to enjoy breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains, attempts at knitting and painting, and lots of time with her children and family.

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