Kristine M. Custodio, ACP

Kristine Custodio, ACP is a Senior Paralegal at Leventhal Law and President of CAPA, the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from California State University at Long Beach where she was on the Dean’s Honor List. She completed her paralegal studies at UCSD in 2004, became a Certified Paralegal in 2006, and received her Advanced Certified Paralegal designation in Discovery (2009) and Trial Practice (2010). Further, in 2006 Kristine obtained her Human Resource Management certificate from UCSD and serves as an administrator for an adult residential facility for developmentally disabled adults. Kristine also serves on the University of San Diego Paralegal Program’s Advisory Board and was a Director and chair for the Marketing and National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Committees for the San Diego Paralegal Association (SDPA) from 2007-2010. In July 2009, Kristine was appointed by the President of NALA for a one-year term as the ethics chair for NALA’s Professional Development Committee and contributed to a bi-monthly ethics column for the NALA publication, Facts & Findings. Previously, in 2008, Kristine served as SDPA’s Executive Vice President of Marketing, showcasing her design and marketing experience that she acquired while working at a design firm prior to embarking on her paralegal career. Kristine has also served SDPA as the School Liaison Committee Chair. Kristine was elected as the 2011 and 2012 President of the San Diego Paralegal Association. She currently serves as the Vice President of Programs and Education for the San Diego Paralegal Association. Kristine was elected as the 2012 Vice President of Administration and 2013 Vice President of Policy for CAPA.\

Kristine is passionate about education and in her capacity as SDPA’s school liaison has coordinated the association’s popular annual educational seminar, Bridging the Gap, encouraging networking between paralegal students and working paralegals. She also managed four programs — the speaker’s bureau/leadership development committee, the mentoring program, the student commission and the scholarship program. Kristine frequently speaks at the various local paralegal schools on a regular basis. She also gave a presentation on Ethical Decision Making in the Workplace to the 32nd Street U.S. Navy Legal Command. She writes for SPDA, CAPA, NALA, and the San Diego Daily Transcript on various topics, including California Business & Professions Code 6450, which Kristine finds many California companies and law firms still do not know about although it is a law that has been around since 2001. She was also an Adjunct Professor at ITT Technical Institute’s A.A. Paralegal Studies program for two years.

In 2008, Kristine was recognized as a runner-up for the Legal Assistant Today’s Paralegal of the Year national award and, in 2009, received a recognition award as a Top Paralegal finalist from the San Diego Daily Transcript. On February 15, 2011, Kristine was inducted into Lambda Epsilon Chi, the National Honor Society in Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies University of California San Diego Chapter. On August 31, 2012, Kristine received an award as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina American Women in the United States presented by the Filipina Women’s Network under the Founders and Pioneers category to honor Filipina women in their capacities as the chief executive, president, executive director or founder of a United States based company, community organization, non-profit, or business venture that they helped start, build or significantly grow category for her work as President of the San Diego Paralegal Association. She is currently obtaining her Business Management certificate from UCSD Extension. In her free time, Kristine enjoys writing her first novel, reading, drawing, playing the violin and piano, teaching herself to play new instruments, traveling, learning improvisational comedy, and spending time with her friends, family and her black pug, Clarissa.