SAN DIEGO PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION

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  • 4 Aug 2018 9:18 PM | Anonymous

    By Ellen Zacarias

    SDPA members and other members of the legal community volunteered on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the San Diego Clean Slate Clinic, which is held the first Saturday of every month. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here: http://www.sd-csc.org/ 

    If you are interested in participating in volunteering opportunities, please email probono@sdparalegals.org. 







  • 28 Jul 2018 8:46 PM | Anonymous

    By Ellen Zacarias

    At SDPA's Board Retreat held on July 28, 2018 at Tyson & Mendes, board directors discussed committee chair assignments, administrative statuses, and upcoming events. Stay tuned for more exciting events coming up later this year, such as the Pro Bono Fair in September and Legal Technology Educational Conference in October! 



    The SDPA Board celebrated its 2017 and 2018 National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Making a Difference Award, and welcomed Ellen Zacarias as a new interim director.


    The Board took a happy cookie break with attorneys from Tyson & Mendes.

  • 25 Jul 2018 9:05 PM | Anonymous

    By Ellen Zacarias

    On July 25, 2018, SDPA members and guests socialized and networked at a mixer hosted by Veritext Legal Solutions, which laid out delightful trays of cheese, bread, meats, and fruits. Veritext offers deposition and transcript services to law firms and legal professionals.

    Among the attendees were students from Board Director June Hunter's UCSD Extension legal technologies class. SDPA encourages students to attend networking events to meet people working in the legal field. The legal field in San Diego is a small world!


    (Left to right): SDPA Board Director Kristine M. Custodio, ACP; Sheila Kristine Wise of Veritext; and SDPA President Julie Schwartz pose for a photograph at the July SDPA mixer hosted by Veritext. 

  • 2 Jul 2018 8:37 PM | Anonymous

    By Ellen Zacarias and Souriya (Joe) Maniwan


    Caption: (From left to right): Souriya (Joe) Maniwan, Steve Aguirre, Kim Mitchell (VVSD President & CEO), Dawn Regner

    Robin, a homeless veteran, lives with her dog throughout downtown San Diego. She became homeless shortly after her husband passed away. “It’s nothing to be sorry about,” she said. “It is what it is.” She came to Stand Down to receive some services and food for herself and her dog, and a hot shower. Robin is one of over 800 homeless veterans who benefitted from the annual Stand Down event hosted by Veterans Village of San Diego.

    Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), SDPA’s Charity of the Choice for 2017-2018, hosted their annual Stand Down event at San Diego High School’s athletic track field on June 29 through July 1, 2018. Started in 1988, the Stand Down event was created to give homeless veterans a chance to rest, eat, shower, and receive services while others stand watch.


    Constructed in a circle around the athletic field, multiple tents offer services to veterans. At one tent, veterans can pick up free clothes. At another, they can receive medical or dental services from medical volunteers. Volunteer hair stylists also cut and shave hair. Substance abuse counseling and rehabilitation services are also offered. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served. In the evenings, bunks are set up within tents to provide a place for homeless veterans to sleep. Veterans apply for the in-house rehabilitation program, which provides housing and job training resources for candidates. For veterans with pets, there is a pet sitting area that offers food and care for pets while their owners receive services.

    Several SDPA members volunteered at Stand Down 2018, assisting with different facets of the event, such as SDPA Board Director Souriya (Joe) Maniwan, ACP along with community projects coordinator Jonathan Thackston (JT) who welcomed incoming volunteers at the check-in tables. SDPA Pro Bono Director Dawn Regner, CP assisted with guiding volunteers to the appropriate station. Pro Bono Committee members Ellen Zacarias and Steven Aguirre provided services such as Hygiene and data entry.   

    SDPA is proud to support homeless and low-income veterans at the Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD)’s annual Stand Down event. All of this is made possible thanks to VVSD’s president and CEO Kimberly Mitchell, director Darcy Pavich, and community projects coordinator Jonathan Thackston (JT), and with the help of volunteers and sponsoring organizations. VVSD provides rehabilitation and employment services to military veterans, such as those who are coming back from military service in Afghanistan and Iraq.


    Caption: SDPA Board Director Souriya (Joe) Maniwan welcomes incoming volunteers at the entrance.   

    Caption: SDPA member Ellen Zacarias (second from left), with fellow volunteers at the women’s showers, where homeless veteran women receive access to hot showers along with zipper-locked bags of toiletries, razors, and hygiene supplies. Some services, such as haircutting, require a shower before the recipient can receive them.


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