President – Kenyatta Upchurch

Kenyatta Upchurch is a patent legal assistant with Coats & Bennett, PLLC and has thirteen years of professional experience as a patent paralegal and seven additional years as a legal assistant in commercial real estate and environmental law. In addition to her legal experience, Kenyatta’s background includes work in the fields of publishing and customer service. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kenyatta has been a member of the Research Triangle Paralegal Association (RTPA) since 2009 and has previously served as the chairperson of the Community Service Committee and for two years as RTPA’s Treasurer.


Vice President - Sue Atti

Sue graduated in 2003 from Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY with a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies. She has lived in North Carolina for about fifteen years and began working as a paralegal in 2004. Sue is a Certified Paralegal through The North Carolina State Bar. She is currently employed with the City of Raleigh as a condemnation paralegal and previously worked in bankruptcy, collections, corporate and patent law. In addition to the RTPA, Sue is a member of the North Carolina Paralegal Association (NCPA), and the Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association (RWPA). This is her third year serving as an officer with RTPA and she is also in her fourth year as the Chair of the Community Services Committee.


Secretary - no current officer


Treasurer – Jane Sorey

Jane has been the litigation legal assistant with the law firm of Coats & Bennett, PLLC for over ten years. She has twenty-five years of experience in the intellectual property field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from George Mason University. She is a member of the North Carolina Paralegal Association (NCPA) and has been a member of the RTPA since 2016. This is Jane’s first year serving as an officer with the RTPA.








RTPA Officers