AAC Risk Management litigation team. Zionce is from North Little Rock and


has lived in Maumelle for 19 years. She graduated from Mount St. Mary Acad- emy in Little Rock and went on to earn a bachelor of science degree from the Uni- versity of Central Arkansas. Zionce’s legal field experience has

led her to the opportunity to apply her knowledge to county government, which she looks forward to. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to

grow in my field, and I’m proud to serve our Arkansas counties,” she said. “I’m very thankful to be part of such a profes- sional group of people.” Zionce has worked as a file clerk and

runner at Duncan & Rainwater law firm, as a paralegal for Richard H. Mays

he Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC) recently welcomed Michalene Zionce as a new paralegal on the

AAC welcomes new paralegal Environmental, and as


assistant at the Arkansas Supreme Court. She worked at the court for 12 years for three different justices. Working for Justice Tom Glaze has had a lasting impact on her and her ca- reer, Zionce said. “Justice Tom Glaze is by far what I

will treasure most from my time at the court,” she said. “He had a stellar work ethic and was truly the definition of in- tegrity. I can’t say enough good things about him.” Outside of work, Zionce’s devotes her

time volunteering at animal shelters, and rescuing and fostering dogs. She also en- joys spoiling her rescue dog, Simba. “I am very passionate about the over- population of dogs here in the South, specifically in Arkansas,” she said. “I have been fostering dogs for the past five years. Because of the extreme over- crowding in shelters, you are literally

saving a dog’s life when you volunteer to foster it.” She also enjoys spending time with her

parents, baking with her mother, getting outside and staying active, having din- ner with friends and “appreciating the simple things in life.”

Benton County circuit clerk’s office digitizing records

be much easier thanks to the work of the Benton County Circuit Clerk’s office. County Circuit Clerk Bren-

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da DeShields’ office hired U.S. Imaging to scan more than 20,000 records, some dating back to 1900. “Tey [U.S. Imaging] are doing a fantastic job for us,” DeShields said. “Tey are not only scanning for easier access, but for preservation of the record, and while at it they are enhancing the quality of the document.” Some scanned documents look better than the original, DeShields said. “Tis is so exciting to me to have all of our deed records scanned, preserved and

earching for Benton County historical land deeds and oth- er records will soon

“It will help the staff within the office assist those that call or come in wanting copies of their fami- lies’ deed records,” DeShields said. “Currently, this would require a search via handwritten indexes through several years and then pulling the book to make copies.” Tis records project is no small

readily accessible for all to use.” Te public will be able to search, save and print the records from the county- circuit clerk’s website within six to eight months. Until then, the county circuit clerk’s office will have access to them in a digital database in their office which will allow them to service the public efficiently.

endeavor. U.S. Imaging is currently scanning records around the clock. DeShields offers some advice to counties looking to put their records online. She recommends they reach out to professionals such as U.S. Imaging.

“First they [counties] need to know what books they would like to have scanned, reach out to their recording software provider to see who they have worked with in the past with projects ... then reach out to several companies that can scan records...”


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