Bergen Student Follows the Law to Scholarship

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College legal studies student Deborah Regan earned second place in the annual national essay scholarship contest held by the American Association for Paralegal Education national honor society, Lambda Epsilon Chi.

Deborah Regan
For her second place showing, Regan received a $500 scholarship and publication in the peer reviewed journal, The Legal Educator. Regan, of North Arlington, represents the first student from Bergen to receive this award.  

“Under the guidance of Professor Lisa Mayer, Deborah was selected for this prestigious award,” Professor Lawrence Joel, Esq., director of Bergen’s legal studies program, said. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment for her and for our program.”

Regan has worked in the legal field for 26 years, holding positions such as legal secretary and legal assistant. She currently works for Kenneth C. Dolecki, Esq., where she serves as a paralegal, secretary and assistant.

At Bergen, Regan has participated in the Legal Studies club and earned entry into the College’s Alpha Epsilon Phi chapter of the international Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She will graduate with an A.A.S. in legal studies in May 2023 and plans to obtain a bachelor's degree in legal studies or political science. Her graduation will come after her son (Alexander, ’19) and daughter (Sarah, ’21) each previously earned degrees from the institution.

“We are a Bergen family,” she said.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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