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SDPA's Career & Technology Conference (10.13.18)

14 Oct 2018 6:58 PM | Anonymous

By Ellen Zacarias

On October 13, 2018, SDPA held its Career and Technology Conference at AMN Healthcare. This program was made possible thanks to the support of our very generous sponsors, AMN Healthcare, One Legal, Signa Digital Solutions, Unisearch, and Butterfield Schechter, LLP, and the generosity of our speakers in volunteering their time and expertise. 

The Career and Technology Conference consisted of three tracks for paralegals and paralegal students: career, litigation, and non-litigation. We are honored to have each and every one of the speakers join us for this conference. 

Career Track 

Linda Quindt, CLM of Finch Thornton & Baird went over operations and economics of law firms. 

Alicia Aquino of K-Rad Consulting shared practical tools on excelling in assignments to exceed attorneys' expectations. 

Azra Mukanovic of UCSD Extension and Abigail Parente of Eastridge Workforce Solutions presented on conducting public information investigations using the internet panel. 

Litigation Track

In the litigation track, Eddy Borysewicz of Invendica discussed evidence collection, conversion and mitigation spoliation issues in evidence management. 

Tom Plunkett of Califorensics spoke about cell phone forensics and how it applies in discovery and investigations. 

Shannon Bales went over the process of preparing evidence and documents for presentation at trial and the common tech-related issues that people run into at trial. 

Non-Litigation Track

In the non-litigation track, Jessica Gross, Esq. of Sheppard Mullin and Kieran de Terra, Esq. of Robert Half Legal instructed students on GDPR (General Data Privacy Regulation). 

Joy Murao of Practice Aligned Resources, LLC presented and discussed non-litigation software that assists with legal project management. 

Mary Cataldo, Esq. spoke about firms going paperless in the cloud and the issues surrounding it. 

StandUp for Kids (Charity of Choice for 2018) 

Terri and fellow volunteers from StandUp for Kids kindly joined us for this event. 

Thank you very much to those of you who donated blue jeans. Blue jeans donations accepted at the conference will go to homeless youth in San Diego served by StandUp for Kids. We will also be accepting blue jeans donations at Friendsgiving and the Holiday Party. 

StandUp for Kids consists of volunteers who help homeless children in San Diego. They do wonderful things like rehabilitation, movie nights, and also provide a safe place for homeless children to hang out during the day. If you would like to learn more about StandUp for Kids, please visit their website at

Additional Photos

We were a fun group, so I can't help but also include these other photos of everyone at the event. 

From left to right: Kieran de Terra, Esq; Jessica Gross, Esq.; Eddy Borysewicz

SDPA Pro Bono Chair Dawn Regner (in the blue blouse) and Joe Maniwan (suit) stand in support with StandUp for Kids. 

Michael Kelley of Practice Aligned Resources, LLC (PAR) greets interested paralegals at the conference.

SDPA Vice President Alison Greenlee and SDPA President Julie Schwartz hold up raffle prizes for the lucky winners. 

June Hunter, SDPA's School Liaison Chair, sets up the registration table for the conference. 

SDPA Vice President Alison Greenlee (foreground) takes a selfie with Kris Nicholas of Unisearch (left) and Jerry Gregg of One Legal (right). 

SDPA takes a photo after the conclusion of the conference. From left to right: Ellen Zacarias, Joe Maniwan, Edwin Beauchamp, June Hunter, Julie Schwartz, Sheila Grela, Arthur Chavez, and Kristine Custodio. 

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