From left, Dean of Student Services Keith Kirkland, Professor Charles Reid, Dr. Carter’s husband Aaron Carter, Dr. Linda McDonald Carter, President Emeritus A. Zachary Yamba, Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeff Lee, PLS Student Tracy Stamper (Class of 2017) and Professor John Smith

Dr. Linda McDonald Carter, director of the College’s Paralegal Studies (PLS) program, was recently honored by the Essex County Bar Association (ECBA). Professor Carter received the Walter Lucas Special Merit Award during the association’s awards night on May 8.


Dr. Carter was recognized for both her commitment to the law and her leadership in the College’s PLS program. She was instrumental in the program receiving a seven year approval from the American Bar Association, which was announced last year.


“We are so pleased to count you among our ECBA family and wish you nothing but continued success. We thank you for sharing your talents with us and the Essex legal community,” said ECBA President Francine M. Aster of Dr. Carter.


For her part though, Dr. Carter credited Essex’s Dr. Charles Reid and Professor John Smith, along with current and former PLS students, in helping to prepare the documentation to secure the ABA approval. She singled out the students for special praise.


“Those PLS students were the trailblazers. Their dedication to their course work and the PLS program laid a solid foundation, and they provided the data required for the College to even pursue ABA approval.”


Dr. Carter said that in preparing for ABA approval and the work everyone at the College did in the effort, she is reminded of a Robert Frost quote: “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”


Dr. Carter also serves as Vice President for the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey.



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