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Coats and Bennett Paralegal Appointed Committee Co-Chair for Paralegal Division of NCBA

Martha L. Blackman-Hughes Named Co-Chair for Publications Committee for 2013-2014 Term

Cary, NC, June 02, 2013 --( Coats and Bennett, PLLC (, an intellectual property law firm, has announced that litigation paralegal Martha L. Blackman-Hughes has been appointed co-chair of the publications committee for the paralegal division of the North Carolina Bar Association for the 2013-2014 term. Blackman-Hughes, who primarily provides paralegal support for intellectual property litigation and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings, will help lead this committee whose function is to plan content and the editorial calendar for the division’s publication, Paralegal Perspectives. In addition to those duties, Blackman-Hughes and the committee are responsible for writing articles, securing authors to contribute articles, proofreading articles and other content, as well as providing or locating photos and graphics to illustrate the publication.

Blackman-Hughes, who has been a paralegal for 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Law School, also serves as treasurer for the North Carolina Paralegal Association and is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants.

“I am excited about this opportunity to serve my fellow paralegals and to help support the growth of our profession,” said Blackman-Hughes. “Being a co-chair for the publications committee will provide me the avenue to do just that.”

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Coats and Bennett, PLLC, is one of the most established full-service intellectual property law firms in the Southeast. Located in Cary, N.C., the firm provides a comprehensive range of intellectual property legal services including litigation, patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, trade secrets and related matters throughout the United States and worldwide. With a reputation as a trusted, experienced and effective resource for businesses and individuals in need of IP counsel, Coats and Bennett delivers quality work to local clients and Fortune 500 companies alike. For more information, visit

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