Wednesday, January 9, 2008

HWA Paralegal Turea Simpson Receives Bankruptcy Assistant Certification

HOUSTON--Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P. (HWA) announced that bankruptcy paralegal Turea Simpson passed the exam to become a Certified Bankruptcy Assistant in October 2007.

Founded in 1989, the Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants (ABJA) gives the annual certification exam at their yearly conference as part of their certified bankruptcy program, allowing legal secretaries and assistants to stay updated on new developments in the industry. Approximately 50 paralegals sat for and passed the exam in October 2007. For more information on ABJA and its certified bankruptcy program, please visit

“I didn’t realize that I knew as much about bankruptcy as I did until I started preparing for the exam,” said Simpson. “This certification puts a stamp of accomplishment on my career. I feel really proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish.”

Simpson joined HWA a year ago with Janet Northrup, a Chapter 7 Trustee and of counsel attorney with HWA. Prior to joining HWA, she worked with Northrup in her private practice for five years. Simpson is a member of ABJA’s planning committee for the 2008 conference in San Antonio. She received her certification as a legal assistant in 2002 from Houston Community College. Simpson also serves as volunteer coordinator for Women of Faith Ministries.

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