Paula Yost grew up on family land in Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina. Her father and grandfather were both employees of Cannon Mills/Pillowtex during her childhood. Paula was a 1998 Pillowtex Scholar and a graduate of First Assembly Christian School. Paula attended Virginia Tech where she obtained a double degree in English and Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry. As a student, the Hokie motto of “Ut Prosim: That I may serve” was impressed upon her.
After graduation, Paula enrolled at the Delaware Law School (formerly known as: Widener University School of Law) where she was an active member of the Public Interest Law Alliance. Paula interned at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Media, Pennsylvania where she served the needs of abused and neglected children. She also interned at Legal Aid of North Carolina where she obtained experience with domestic violence, divorce, disability, Medicaid, and unemployment cases.
Paula is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Georgia, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She has obtained experience in intellectual property law at a large corporate firm and a small, boutique practice.
Paula realized that the law is not always the best way of helping others and helping others has always been her goal. The law is a powerful tool but it is only helpful within the realm of the law. Recognizing this, Paula enrolled at Lenoir-Rhyne University where she obtained her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health.
Paula currently serves as the chair of the Cabarrus County Child Protection and Fatality Team, is a member of the Mount Pleasant Lion’s Club, the Concord-Cabarrus Business Professional Women, and sits on the Board of Directors for two nonprofit organizations: HUGS: Healing and Understanding of Grief Through Suicide and Families First in Cabarrus County. Paula has walked twenty miles in one night, four times, for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Overnight in honor of Dr. Jonathan Greer.
In 2009, Paula married Peter Schupp at the Cabarrus County Magistrate’s Office after giving her family four hours notice. Recognizing the importance of family, Paula decided to go back to her roots and find her place as a small town lawyer in Mt. Pleasant, NC. Paula and Peter have three sons, Pratley Jude, Pierson Jasper, and Paul Justin. Also, important to Paula is the duaghter of her heart, Tonya Stamper.
Paula believes in helping others at The Country Law Shack, and we hope you will put your trust and faith in our hands.