Charlene Smith

Charlene Smith

Paralegal

Charlene Smith began as a paralegal in 2008 when she joined the United States Army.  As a soldier in the U.S. Army, Charlene was employed at Fort Richardson, Alaska as a member of the United States Army Alaska Judge Advocate General’s office where she primarily did criminal work. Upon separation from the Army, Charlene returned to Bismarck in 2011 to work as a family law paralegal.

Charlene obtained her certification as a certified paralegal from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 2013 and her certification as an advanced certified paralegal in Family Law in 2014. As part of her work as a family law paralegal, Charlene has assisted with the preparation of hundreds of sets of pleadings and other submissions unique to a family law practice, including compiling property and debt listings, helping to prepare discovery, and analyzing documents to help the attorneys prepare for trials and hearings.

Charlene holds Bachelor of Science degree in History Education and Master of Science in Law.  Charlene is a member of the Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants (WDALA) where she currently holds the position of Secretary, as well as the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), and continues to further her legal education by attending seminars, online courses, and writing or presenting on various topics to the members of WDALA.

Charlene resides in Bismarck with Bryan and her two faithful canine companions, Orion and Lucy.  She is the mother of two adult boys. In her free time, Charlene enjoys spending time with her dogs, tending to her garden during the North Dakota summer, and gaming with her children and other family members.