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 F. Richard Manzano Esq.: Department Chair Legal Studies.  Program Director Paralegal

1.     Education:
a.      AA History Glendale Community College
b.     BS Political Science California State University at Los Angeles
c.      Juris Doctorate Southwestern University School of Law
2.     Memberships
a.      California State Bar
b.     Orange County Paralegal Association
c.      American Association for Paralegal Education
Professor Manzano has been a practicing attorney since 1982.  He has been a full time instructor in the Paralegal Department since 1986.  He is presently the chair of the Legal Studies Department and the Director of the Paralegal Program.  Prior to being admitted to the California State Bar Professor Manzano was a partner in a construction/real estate firm, a hearing officer for the Los Angeles Business License Commission, and a Court Clerk in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.  His area of practice has included, Criminal Defense, Construction Defect Litigation, Estate Planning, transactional real estate and business organizations.  He presently a counsel for a firm who is in House Counsel for a multistate corporation.  He has trained and supervised paralegals in his 30+ years of private law practice.
Kristen Robinson, Esq.: Program Coordinator Pathway to Law School
1.     Education:
a.      AS Snow College, Ephraim, UT
b.     BA Interpersonal Communications and Political Science Southern Utah University, Cedar City UT
c.      JD J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo UT
2.     Memberships:
a.      State Bar of California
b.     American Association for Paralegal Education
c.      Orange County Paralegal Association
d.     Women in E-Discovery
Professor Robinson experience includes being a litigation paralegal/case manager, a law clerk with the 4th District Court in Provo, UT, A TV Legal Paralegal with the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, as well as contract legal work with law firms in California.  Prior to joining the team at Santa Ana College Professor Robinson was a guest lecturer and National Team Director- Moot Court/Research Assistant with the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Assistant Forensics Coach with the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Utah University, as well as an adjunct and full time professor of Paralegal Studies at Mt. San Antonio College.

Kim Smith, Esq.:  New Fall 2016 Tenure Track Faculty: As adjunct faculty Kim has taught Para 100 Introduction to Paralegal, Para 140 Immigration Law & Procedure, Para 150 Legal Transactions, Para 134 Probate, Business 105 The Legal Environment of Business as well as Paralegal classes with Santa Ana Unified School District.
1.     Education
a.      BA Political Science California Polytechnic University, Pomona
b.     JD Southwestern University School of Law
c.      Certificate in Financial Planning and Management for Nonprofit Organizations, California State University, Fullerton, Ca
2.     Memberships:
a.      Member of the California Bar Association, 1999-Present
b.     Orange County Head Start Board of Directors, 2002-2008
c.      Member of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPPA), 2009-Present
d.     Volunteer, Girl Scouts of America
e.      Big Sister, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County, 1991-93
Professor Smith has been a solo practitioner in Orange County since 2003.  Her practice includes special education law, limited conservatorships, juvenile defense, family law and not-for-profit corporations.  Professor Smith is a contract attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County.  Professor Smith has been a community honoree by the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District, has received the Military Excellence Award, Non Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S.A. and is an Honory Graduate, Primary Leadership Development Camp.​
Rasheed Alexander Esq.: Adjunct Faculty Para 107 Criminal Procedure
1.     Education:
a.      B.A. Philosophy, California State University
b.     J.D. Western State University School of Law
2.     Memberships:
a.      State Bar of California
b.     National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
c.      Orange County Bar Association
d.     California Public Defender’s Association
Professor Alexander brings to his Para 107 Criminal Law and Procedure class, 20 + years of experience with the Orange County Public Defender’s office, the Riverside County Department of Probation and as a law clerk with the Riverside County District Attorney’s office.  Professor Alexander is the 2003 Orange County Public Defender’s Office Attorney of the Year.

James Harman, Esq.: Adjunct Faculty Para 248 Advanced Research & Writing​
  1.  Education:
    1. BA Law and Society, University of California Santa Barbara
    2. JD University of San Diego School of Law
  2. Memberships:
    1. State Bar of California
    2. Orange County Bar Association
    3. Barrister, Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court
Professor Harman brings to the classroom a wealth of experience from his many years with the Orange County Counsels office where he presently is a Senior Deputy County Counsel.  Professor Harman brings to the classroom his vast trial experience and bankruptcy experience as well as his public speaking, trial team coach, Santiago High School, and as a Moot Court Judge for both Chapman Law School and the University of San Diego.

Edward Keck: Adjunct Faculty Para 120: Computers in the Law Office
1.     Education:
a.      AA Golden West College, Huntington Beach, Ca.
b.     BS Computer Science National University, Irvine, Ca.
c.      MS Telecommunication Management Keller Graduate School, Pomona, Ca.
d.     Paralegal Certificate Santa Ana College
Professor Keck has been an adjunct faculty member and member of the Paralegal Advisory Committee since 2006.  Professor Keck has experience as a paralegal/law office administrator where he directed and maintained legal office systems, technology, process and workflow.  He has experience as a paralegal in Discovery and Law and Motion.  Professor Keck presently works as a paralegal in the areas of Federal and State litigation, appeals, writs and special needs trust administration.
Cornelia Mallory Esq.: Adjunct Faculty Para 147 International Commercial Agreements & Distribution Law, Para 148 International Intellectual Property Law, Para 149 the Law of Global Commerce and Bus 105 the Legal Environment of Business
1.     Education:
a.      BA History University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
b.     JD Tulane School of Law
2.     Memberships
a.      California State Bar
Professor Mallory brings to her classroom 15+ years of experience in a corporate legal department.  She presently holds the position of Lead Analyst, Legal (In-house counsel) with experience in contract management, litigation management, privacy and data protection, advising the domestic and international transportation departments, the legal aspects of major events (hotel contracts, convention center agreements, etc.,) and franchise support.
David Rients, Esq.: Adjunct Faculty Para 246 Legal Research & Analysis

1.     Education:
a.      BA Law Western State University, Fullerton, Ca.
b.     JD Western State University School of Law, Fullerton, Ca.
2.     Memberships
a.      American Bar Association
b.     Los Angeles Bar Association
c.      Orange County Bar Association
d.     The Iowa State Bar Association
Since 1992 Professor Rients has been licensed to Practice Law in California and is a partner in a private law practice specializing in litigation in both the California and Federal Courts.  Professor Rients joined the Santa Ana team in 2006.  He is also a paralegal instructor with the University of California Irvine Extension in Irvine, Ca.  Professor Rients has been a Paralegal Instructor with Western College in Cerritos, Ca, extension courses through Cal-Poly Pomona, Loyola Marymount, Irvine Valley Community College, and Watterson College in Pasadena, Ca.  Professor Rients has served on the Paralegal advisory board for Kaplan and at Western College.
Bill Tanner, Esq.: Adjunct Faculty Para 132 Family Law and Procedure, Para 133 Workers Compensation Law, Para 135 Bankruptcy Law & Procedure, Para 137 Tort & Insurance Law, Para 139 Fundamentals of Labor Law, Para 146 Tort Law and ADR

1.     Education:
a.      BA Philosophy/Law and Society University of California Riverside
b.     JD University of the Pacific/McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, Ca.
2.     Memberships
a.      Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, State Bar of California
b.     Arbitrator Ethics Standards Working Group, CSCAC, Judicial Council
c.      The Appellate Division Rules Working Group, CSCAC, Judicial Council
d.     Civil and Small Claims Court Advisory Committee, Judicial Council
e.      Expedited Jury Trials Working Group CSCAC, Judicial Council – 2008 to 2010
f.      E-filing Working Group, CSCAC, Judicial Council
g.     Small Cases Working Group, CSCAC, Judicial Council
h.     Temporary Judge, Superior Court of California, County of
i.       Self-Help Services Committee, Superior Court of California, County of Orange – 2005 to 2007
Professor Tanner has been the Directing Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County in Santa Ana Ca., since 2000.  Previous experience includes staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society, staff attorney with the California Rural Legal Assistance/Senior Citizens Law Project in Modesto, Ca, as well as on the Honors Governing Board and a certified law student with Community Legal Services in Sacramento, Ca.  Professor Tanner was an intern with the District Attorney’s office in Sacramento, Ca.  Professor Tanner presently is also President/Broker with a full service real estate and home loan office.  In addition to being a member of the advisory board for the Santa Ana College Paralegal Program, Professor Tanner is an instructor with the University of California, Irvine Extension and at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Ca.
Kai Williamson: Adjunct Faculty: Para 100 Introduction to Paralegal

1.     Education
a.      AS Paralegal Kelsey Jenny College, San Diego, Ca.
b.     BS Pre-Law National University, San Diego, ca.
c.      Certificate in Contract Administration University of California, Irvine
d.     MS in Higher Education, National University, San Diego, Ca.
2.     Memberships
a.      Orange County Paralegal Association
Professor Williamson brings a vast depth of experience to the classroom.  Professor Williamson has been a paralegal since 1996.  Her experience includes UCC searches and filings, drafting loan agreements, mergers and acquisitions, banking transactions, title work, corporate compliance, managing litigation, lease agreements.  Presently she is a senior paralegal with a Mortgage services company in Santa Ana California where she maintains corporate governance and compliance for 22 subsidiaries, prepares annual reports for Corporations and LLCs, maintains minute books and files and insures compliance for State Real Estate Licenses.  In addition to being an adjunct professor at Santa Ana College, Professor Williamson is an adjunct professor at University of California, Irvine paralegal program for their Corporate Law, Securities Law and the Introduction to Law for Paralegals classes.
(Updated 3-26-15)


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