He’s certain Michelle Ball has skills needed to lead
Twenty-two years ago, I met with a client at her office and found myself briefly observing the work of a warm, engaging and obviously capable young woman reorganizing files in the office. She did not appear old enough to be long out of college, but she was obviously unusually capable. I asked the client if she had hired her. She said they would but did not have the job. I asked if it would offend them if I tried. I just had an intuition that I should hire that young woman.
The next day, I walked back into the office without warning, introduced myself and offered Michelle Ball a full-time job. She was surprised and asked why. I said that I had watched her briefly. I felt she could do the job and do it well. She thought a minute and said in her direct and down-to-earth style: “I am not sure I want to work for a LAWYER.” I laughed but said: “I am going to give you a very good offer. Try it and love it or just leave. There will be no hard feelings. All I am asking is to give this a chance.”
Twenty-two years later, Michelle Ball has thrived, learning every aspect of the Clerk of Court’s office and Register of Deeds office and being constantly the right arm of our firm. She has helped us manage virtually every kind of civil litigation, including complex will actions, caveats, negligence suits, domestic claims, land suits, criminal files and local government and planning litigation. She has managed estate probates, foreclosure filings, public and private condemnation proceedings, fund disbursements, partitions, petitions for instructions, incompetency suits and tax claims. She has been the lead witness as a board-certified paralegal in a complex land litigation.
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When it comes to the Johnston County clerk’s office, she has been there, day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade, for 22 years, pulling files, preparing our witnesses and presentations, researching facts, interacting with the clerk and the assistants in the management of our practice on all levels for every kind of proceeding. She is superb.
In addition, she is wife, daughter, sister, and parent of four. She adopted the three youngest children out of sheer fullness of heart. Her faith is not talk. It is day-to-day living. Michelle Ball is by nature open and humble, confident and competent. She would serve all our citizens well as clerk of Superior Court. She can manage, she knows the territory, and she can handle the pressure. She would make our community proud.
Bob Spence Jr.