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CIPA OFFICERS, 2018

 

President: Celeste Poole

Vice President:  Bobby Roberson

Secretary: Charlotte Lawrence

Treasurer:  Nichole Byers

NALA Liaison: Susan Harris


Celeste Poole,
President


Celeste Poole is a paralegal in the Legal Services Division Merger & Acquisition group at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria.  She began her career as a legal assistant in private law firms working primarily in the area of plaintiff litigation. Celeste joined Caterpillar in 2007 and has held paralegal positions in the areas of Product Litigation and Product Regulatory while also serving four years as the Coordinator of Caterpillar’s Peoria-area Pro Bono Program.


Celeste holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Eureka College and an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Illinois Central College.  She became a member of Central Illinois Paralegal Association in 2008 and is a board member of Central Illinois Riding Therapy, a therapeutic horseback riding program for physically disabled children and adults.


Celeste’s hobbies include running, biking, horseback riding, playing piano and spending time with her family.



Bobby Roberson,
Vice President


Robert "Bobby" Roberson has been working in the legal field since 2008. He previously worked in the area of corporate defense for approximately four years. While still at said law firm, he interned with the Peoria County State's Attorney's Office. Mr. Roberson joined Watson Law, working for Attorney Linda Watson, in December of 2012. He handles the initial drafting on all family law and criminal matters for Watson Law. He assists Ms. Watson in preparing cases for trial, speaking with the clients and helping assist in interviewing witnesses, preparing exhibits for trial, conducts legal research, amongst other things. 

Charlotte Lawrence,
Secretary


Charlotte received her Bachelor's Degree in Politics and Government with a minor in Legal Studies from Illinois State University in December 2008. She worked at Ronda Glenn Law Offices from 2007-2015, and has worked at Caterpillar since May 2015. Charlotte currently works in the Law, Security and Public Policy division at Caterpillar, supporting their Global Information Systems division. She lives in Bloomington with her husband and four-year-old daughter. Away from work, Charlotte enjoys modern calligraphy, painting, and making wood signs. 

Nichole Byers

Nichole Byers,
Treasurer


Nichole Byers is a paralegal at Ogar & Miller, a family law firm in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. She volunteers her time to assist Prairie State Legal Services at their semiannual Legal Advice Clinic, and to assist the GAL Committee and Mediators Committee of the McLean County Bar Association. As a future rental property owner, she serves as the Secretary on the board of the newly forming McLean County Area Landlord Association. Nichole currently resides in Normal with her husband and two children, ages 21 and 17. 

In her free time, Nichole's interests are varied, if not ecclectic: creative pursuits include lampworking (using a torch to make glass beads), jewelry-making, and painting, and for couple of years she showed her  Singapura cat, Cosmo, in CFA and ACFA cat shows. 

Susan Harris,
NALA Liaison


Susan Harris is a Paralegal and Intern Coordinator at Ronda Glenn Law Offices, a family law firm in Bloomington, Illinois. She graduated with her B.A. in Cinema & Photography, concentrating in screenwriting, from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and subsequently obtained her Paralegal Certificate from Illinois State University. Susan enjoys dog training, hiking, and traveling with her partner, Brian, and their two Border Collies.