VPO Paralegal Certification Ambassador
Krista L. Cadieux, RP®
Working on Behalf of Paralegals throughout the State of Vermont
I am proud to say that I am a native Vermonter. I earned an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Champlain College in 1991, after which I was employed as a Legal Assistant for two years with Merritt & Merritt. I worked as a full-time Paralegal from 1994 – 2003 at English, Carroll & Ritter in Middlebury and, since then, at Dinse P.C. in Burlington, in both firms focusing on real estate law. As often happens in law practice, my experience in real estate frequently crosses into the areas of trusts and estate planning, litigation, and business as well. In 2004-2005 I completed two semesters of American Sign Language at the University of Vermont and I hope to someday utilize those skills that I learned. In 2022 I was promoted at Dinse P.C. to the position of Practice Group Administrator for the Real Estate group, which I balance with my responsibilities as a Senior Paralegal.
I have been a Member of the VPO, and a Paralegal Member of the Vermont Bar Association, for several years. In 2019 I passed the PACE® exam and became a Registered Paralegal. Adding that credential to my name has bestowed on me an increased level of respect from the legal community. I believe there is no better way to validate your knowledge and capabilities as a paralegal than by earning a credential to use after your name. As the VPO’s Certification Ambassador, I strive to encourage and support other paralegals who decide to pursue certification.