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August Members Spotlight (Featuring SDPA's 2019 Paralegal of the Year)

21 Aug 2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous

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June Hunter (SDPA's 2019 Paralegal of the Year) 

June Hunter has worked for many mid and large sized law firms with her experience beginning in 1990. June has worked in many different capacities during her career which have included legal secretary, Firm Wide Trainer/IT Help Desk, Litigation Support and Paralegal. June’s experience has required her to perform on multiple levels including as an eDiscovery analyst, technological trainer, as well as providing customer support through manning of the IT helpdesk and in the litigation support role during trial.

In her role as a paralegal she has assisted in the preparation of documents for commercial real estate transactions, litigation documents, government RFP’s, multiple environmental actions and assisted with HR and employee related legal issues. June is instrumental in the implementation discovery plans for litigation including assisting with data analysis and setting up the database or other review systems for other legal personnel.

June has experience in many different areas of the law including IP, litigation, corporate, real estate and transactional. June has worked in a training and IT support capacity and provided training firm wide to employees on Microsoft Office products, various eDiscovery platforms and other legal software as well as assist with the management of a Salesforce database.

June currently works at CGS3 as a Paralegal and IT Services professional. She assists the litigation department with their eDiscovery projects and provides IT customer support and help desk services firm wide. June is an adjunct teacher at UCSD Extension in their ABA approved Paralegal Studies program teaching Computers for Paralegals. June also volunteers her time to education other legal professions including teaching classes through the San Diego Legal Secretaries Association.

Amy Bevan

My name is Amy – I was born in San Diego, lived a bunch of places from the age of 7 on (including Virginia, D.C., Paris, Boston, San Francisco….) and am now back in my hometown! I work at GrahamHollis as a paralegal and love it. The only job I’ve liked better is my time as a ball girl for the Washington Nationals….but that didn’t quite pay the bills   In my non-paralegal time, I enjoy hanging out with my 5 pound pipsqueak of a dog and my not 5 pound boyfriend, being outside doing ANYTHING (hammocking, hiking, laying in the grass), Padres baseball, and the many fine breweries we have here in San Diego. Looking forward to meeting everyone and becoming involved in SDPA!


Sheba Candor, CCLS

Sheba Candor has been a member of SDPA since 2017. She is appreciative of the networking and educational opportunities she has gained over the years which has helped her to move from Office Services Clerk to Legal Secretary, Paralegal, and Office Manager Liaison at the nationwide law firm of Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C. Sheba obtained her American Bar Association (ABA) paralegal degree in 2017 from Miramar College, graduating with High Honors and as a member of the Paralegal National Honor Society, Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), and she was the recipient of the 2017 SDPA Academic Excellence Scholarship Award.

Sheba is currently enrolled in UCSD Extension’s Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal (CLA/CP) preparatory course and plans to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal exam later this year. 

On the side, Sheba works as a youth soccer coach. Though, her passion is “charity running” and as an avid runner she trains for races with a running group called the Cheetah Charity Runners while raising money for a local non-profit called the Emilio Nares Foundation. ENF helps low-income, underprivileged families meet basic needs, especially transportation to Rady Children’s Hospital to receive life-saving cancer treatments. 

Over the past 8 years, she has raised nearly $30,000 for cancer research for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and for cancer support services for the Emilio Nares Foundation—two important non-profits focused on cancer research and cancer support services for children. 

Sheba is currently serving on the Board of the San Diego Legal Secretaries Association (SDLSA) as Treasurer. Last year, she served as a Director of Marking/Advertising, and in 2017, served on the Career Promotion/Scholarship committee. She enjoys networking and volunteering in the legal community, and is an active member of SDPA, SDLSA, and Women in eDiscovery (WiE).

Diana Murphy

My name is Diana Murphy and I’ve lived in San Diego for 19 years. I graduated from UCSD with a Bachelors in History and a Minor in Linguistics in 2014. I received my Paralegal Certificate from USD in 2018. I currently work for the Construction practice team at Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP. My hobbies/interests include painting, dance, Pilates and plant-based cooking. I’ve been interested in the legal field since the fourth grade, where my class learned the basics of law and prepared for a mock trial. I also served on a jury panel for a challenging criminal case in 2015. The focus on detail and diligence required in legal procedure is what intrigues me about the law, particularly the criminal sector. I am especially drawn to the formalities of the courtroom. My long-term goal is to not only serve as a Paralegal, but to gain enough experience and impact to be able to teach others about the law.


Priscilla Abugaber-Mercado

I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, and currently still residing in this beautiful city. Although it took me a few years to return to school, two years ago I finally graduated from Arizona State University with my Bachelor's in Anthropology with minors is Criminology & Criminal Justice, History, and Philosophy. After a two year break, and acquiring my current position at work, I chose to return to school and work on obtaining my Paralegal Certificate from USD's Paralegal Program - I am set to complete the program come May 2020! 

Throughout my college years I worked my absolute hardest to obtain my degree(s) from Associate's through Bachelor's, all while working 38 hours a week at a local dance company studio. I believe in working hard to gain appreciation in achieving your goals and nothing is ever handed to you. A few months after graduating from ASU, I began my search for my career. That is when I landed at the place I am at now, of course with the support of an entire team behind me. I am now currently the Office Manager at Callahan Firm, APC dba San Diego Evictions, and I strive to make this company's success my priority. Working in the legal field has always been an obsession of mine from the moment I first discovered what Forensic Anthropology is. My obsession kept me active in research and eventually I broadened my knowledge to all other aspects of the legal field. For me it's not just about making a difference, it's about working to BE that difference.

In my free time, I love to travel. I'm a Disneyland Annual Passholder so it's easy to say I spend a lot of time at Disneyland...but we all have to let the inner child out every now and then! My boyfriend and I love traveling to places together, whether it be to support other dance companies and arts, or simply traveling for leisure. Getting away and enjoying that breathe of change is essential to recharge us for tackling the weeks ahead. 

I am pretty excited to have joined and been accepted into this association and can't wait to see what all I can accomplish as a member! 

Rebekah Dyer

Where I am from: San Diego County (Ramona)

School: I just graduated from Liberty University Online with a Bachelor's degree in Paralegal studies 

Hobbies/Interests: My interests are working out, hiking, reading, going to coffee shops, writing for Human Defense Initiative, and engaging in college campus outreaches on important social issues. 

Why I want to work in the legal field: I desire to work in the legal field because I believe that being a voice for people who do not have one is important. Because laws impact all of us, I want to assist a lawyer in making sure that people's rights are respected and protected. 


Since June 2019

Be sure to say hello to our new members:

Priscilla Abugaber-Mercado
Sarah Akerson’s
Hilda N. Arreola-Armenta
Marjorie Balcorta
Nerly Bates-Gray
Amy Bevan
Jane Wesley Brooks
Jennifer Busalacchi
Cristina Cota
Emily Davies-Miller
Denessa Davila
Mariana DeSaracho
Lucien Dickinson
Rebekah Dyer
Nicole Gallup
Mona Gantos
Rubin Googe
Odeat Hermez
Esther Hirales
Leah Hurtado
Xyra Jaime
Christina Johnson
Rhonda Johnson
Jennifer Kanzler
Kaitlin Luca
Sarah Luciani
Antoinette Massaro
Marisela Mellado
Tracy Morgan
Sandy Nissou
Ryan Paris
Yvette Porter-Moore
Humberto Rodriguez
Ronamay Sablan
Patricia Schwenke
Patricia Serna
Jessica Serrata
Tyler Stacy
Alexandra Strange
Margaret Truesdell
Bianca Villegas
Cora Webber
Rachel Williams

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