SAN DIEGO PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION

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February Members' Spotlight

25 Feb 2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous

Sustaining Member(s) 


UNISEARCH was founded in 1991 by Jan Hopton in the capital city of Olympia, Washington. Over the last 25 years Jan has grown the company into one of the leading research and public retrieval firms in the country.

Services offered: Registered Agent Services, Corporate filings, UCC searches and filings, document retrievals 

Contact Name: Alexandra Soukeras

Email: Alexandra.Soukeras@unisearch.com

Voting Member(s)

Linda Graham


Hi!

I am a southern California native from the suburbs of Los Angeles.  When my ex-husband retired from the Los Angeles Police Department, we moved to Washington State, where I worked as a real estate agent for 13 years and raised our two children. 

A drastic life change then found me living in the heart of Mexico, where I lived for 5 years, purchased a home and opened a restaurant/bar. I’ve come to love the Latin culture, music, dancing salsa and cumbia, and (although not fluently) I now speak Spanish! 

Since 2016, I’ve been working as the General Trial Unit Paralegal, supporting 20 to 25 criminal attorneys with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. Our unit prosecutes misdemeanors, consisting mostly of DUIs, manslaughter, theft and prostitution cases. In addition, I have been handling some civil procedure, as our office recently began to litigate Asset Forfeiture cases as a result of the prosecution of illegal marijuana sales and dispensaries.

Prior to working for the City of San Diego, I was employed for 3 years with the Law Firm of Stutzman & Klotz, primarily preparing trust and estate planning documents. This is where I acquired my passion for working in the legal field— as I realized how many people really need help in navigating the complex legal jungle— and decided to go back to school.  I obtained my degree in Paralegal Studies at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon.

Through the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association (SDLRLA) I volunteer with the L.E.A.D. Project, teaching inner city 5thgraders valuable life lessons, such as positive values, self-esteem and the importance of staying in school. And recently, I began volunteering with the San Diego Rapid Response Network near the border, by helping migrant families in securing travel arrangements to arrive at their temporary destinations while they await the outcome of their application for asylum. I not only get to practice my Spanish, but it has also been very rewarding!

I look forward to attending future SDPA events to meet more of my comrades and make new friends!

Student Member(s)


Giovanna Luevano

My name is Giovanna Luevano and I am from Tijuana, Mexico. I am a graduate of UC San Diego's Accelerated Paralegal Program. 

One of my favorite things to do is travel, the farther the better. There is something magical in seeing new places, experiencing different cultures, and meeting people from all around the world. My hobbies include dancing and reading. I also enjoy walking/playing with my dogs, spending time with my loved ones, and working out.

I want to work in the legal field because I love the law. I am a licensed attorney in Mexico, and I have been working in the legal field for over six years. My areas of expertise are litigation and contract law. I am really enjoying learning about the American judicial system and I look forward to learning more about it as a paralegal.



Eva Carrillo

Hello,

 My name is Eva Luz Carrillo. I was born and raised here in San Diego. However, I moved at an early age to pursue a career in fashion and art. This journey took me to a few interesting cities; Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Franciso, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I moved back to San Diego four years ago to be close to my family and to raise my son Diego.

 Two and a half years ago I started working for a Civil Litigation Attorney as an administrative assistant. Having zero experience in the legal field I was quite nervous about working in a new career field. I found that I was able to learn quickly how a law office runs. Last year I decided that I wanted to grow in the legal field and I enrolled in the online Paralegal Studies program at Bryant & Stratton College. I earned my Diploma and this Fall I will begin my second year to obtain my Associates Degree. I would like to work towards earing my certification.

Other activities that I enjoy is hanging out with my son. We enjoy going to the movies, Balboa Park, and enjoying everything San Diego has to offer.  I enjoy cooking, painting and designing jewerly. I have a small line called Edgy Chola Designs (www.edgycholadesigns.com). 

 I'm excited to be a member of San Diego Paralegal Association!!



Tatiana Mazzone

Hello! 

My name is Tatiana Mazzone. I was born and have been raised in sunny, San Diego.  I am currently in the Paralegal Program at the University of San Diego, and I will be graduating May of 2019. 

Some of my hobbies and interests include jogging, hiking, reading, yoga, snowboarding, organizing, and cooking. 

I want to work in the legal field for many reasons. However, the main reason is that I want to be a part of the team that is advocating for those who face complex, legal issues and are in serious need of help. At the same time, I love to learn, and the legal field will provide me with the opportunity to continuously expand my intellect. 


Georgia Murphy

I'm Georgia Murphy, and I hail from the great state of New Jersey. Fun fact - I bet you didn't know it's the Garden State! A very proud graduate of the University of California, San Diego (ABA Approved) Paralegal Certificate Program, I enjoy family, friends and country music. As I continue to compose "my life story," my goal for the next chapter of my life's work is to be one dedicated to the service of others.


Please e-mail your short, informal biography and a small photo to membership@sdparalegals.org, include the following:

  • where you are from
  • where you are going to school or went 
  • where do you work
  • hobbies/interests/ something unique about you 
  • why you want to work in the legal field

Mailing Address:

501 W. Broadway, Ste. A #220
San Diego, CA 92101





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