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Skerjanec closes the door on long, and rewarding, law career

Carol Skerjanec closed the door on a three-decade-long career as a local attorney Jan. 1. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled Vale resident Bob Bement's name. The Enterprise apologizes for the error.

VALE – Carol Skerjanec’s life-changing moment arrived unexpectedly from her boss.

“Carol, you are already doing the work of a lawyer, you are just not getting paid for it,” said Vale attorney Bill Schroeder.

It was the late 1980s and Skerjanec was firmly rooted in her job as a legal secretary for Schroeder and attorney John Hutchens.

Skerjanec’s first job out of high school was at the Malheur Enterprise as a typesetter and then she went to work for the Schroeder and Hutchens. For the next . . .