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17 Apr 2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous


    File Thru Trial™

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    Miranda Barfield 

    I graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Environmental Science before returning home to San Diego, CA. I chose to enroll in the paralegal program at USD with the joint goal of pursuing my interest in environmental law and learning practical skills to help me launch a successful legal career. Upon receiving my paralegal certificate, I joined the Real Estate and Environmental Team at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP. I gained experience working on tribal law with Procopio’s Native American practice group, and later transitioned to my current position supporting John Lormon, Procopio Partner and Chair of the Energy and Environment practice. I work closely with our clients and consultants to address a wide array of legal concerns, with an emphasis on regulatory compliance and environmental remediation. As an SD local and enthusiastic environmentalist, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to address such legal issues in the city, region, and state I call home.

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    Bridget Winandy, MBA 

    Bridget Winandy is a member of the San Diego Paralegal Association. Bridget became involved with the association in 2015 as a student. Bridget obtained her Paralegal Certification in June of 2016. Bridget became a member of the Pro Bono Committee in 2017. Bridget has become involved in the Clean Slate Clinic volunteer effort to gain experience in the legal industry. During the opportunity to volunteer; Bridget has found each time since March of 2018 very rewarding to help the clientele base. Bridget's involvement with the Pro Bono Committee also includes being a member of the annual Pro Bono Committee for the San Diego Paralegal Association: Volunteer Legal & Community Fair. 

    Bridget is looking forward to growing her career in the legal field with the Paralegal Association, the Paralegal Certification, MBA and B.S. in Hospiality to serve the legal community. 


    Arthur Chavez 

    My name is Arthur Chavez. I was born on the lovely island of Oahu, Hawaii. At the time I was born, my dad was in the Navy and stationed on Honolulu; however, I was only a few months old when my family moved to San Diego, CA where I’ve been living most of my life. I am a paralegal student at Cuyamaca College and will be graduating in Spring 2019. I’m also studying economics as an undergrad at SDSU. I’m currently working as a freelance graphic designer specializing in print design and I am also a student intern for the Summa Consulting Group.

    Honestly, I started taking paralegal studies as a “fun” class before I transferred to SDSU as an Econ major. I had no serious aspirations to stay in the legal field since I was only curious about law, but then I decided to volunteer one day, and I got hooked immediately. The legal community, especially SDPA, is such a welcoming and fun group to be a part of. 

    My two favorite hobbies are boxing and traveling. I started boxing in 2015 and, as corny as it sounds, it has quickly helped define myself as a person. Reading body language, learning when to attack and when to defend, training myself to stay calm under pressure; these are just a few philosophies in boxing that have helped me greatly in all aspects of my life. 2016 was the first year I started traveling with my girlfriend. We first flew to Mexico to travel the Maya Riviera, then the following year we went for the big one and flew to Italy. The culture and experience from traveling around the world is too incredible and humbling. That moment I got off the train to see Venice for the first time is a moment I’ll never forget. Our next destination? China!

    Sharon Zhu

    Greetings! Nice to meet you here! This is Shiyuan (Sharon) Zhu, who came to the United States years ago from China, Beijing and Shanghai, as an international student, followed by becoming a new citizen in San Diego. As a first-generation immigrant, I have adventured and explored a lot. When I was in China, I obtained my Bachelor Degree of Management in Public Administration and Master Degree of Law in Political Science from Shanghai Jiaotong University. After working as a financial professional for a while, I pursued my Master Degree of Science in Financial Analysis from University of San Francisco. I am very happy to find UCSD Paralegal Program and SDPA platform from which I have been offered various opportunities to learn and envision my potential. I am currently a paralegal intern at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office as well as a part-time paralegal at a local firm for immigration, trust, business and corporation cases. When I have spare time, I love practicing for triathlon, playing the piano, cooking and communicating with my cat. I have passion towards law, and I don’t feel fatigued when I study and work in the legal field. I enjoy my journey in the legal field and I feel proud. I am very grateful for your empowerment UCSD Paralegal Program and SDPA! 

    Viktor Iarushin

    Hi! My name is Viktor Iarushin I from Volgograd, Russia.

    In 2012 I graduated from law school, in 2013 I obtained my first position as a paralegal in Law company “Meyer & Partners” in bankruptcy legal field, for three years I grow up and in 2016 I passed the bar exam.

    In September 2017 I moved to San Diego, California, in February 2018 I enrolled in the Paralegal (ABA approved) Certificate Program at the University of San Diego. I am enjoying this program. During the program, I discovered  an interesting new field - Discovery in Civil litigation.

    In my spare time I volunteer for San Diego Paralegal Association. I try to participate and help in every event. I am glad to be a part of SDPA!

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