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  Paralegal Association

Upcoming Events

    • January 07, 2021
    • (PST)
    • May 20, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 14 sessions
    • Online (Zoom)

    • March 02, 2021
    • (PST)
    • June 15, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 16 sessions
    • Online (Zoom)

    • March 04, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Online (Zoom)

    Family Law Issues During the Pandemic

    Presented by Elizabeth Yang

    Elizabeth was admitted to the United States Patent & Trademark office in 2007. At the age of 19, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley in two and a half years. Her IP practice is primarily focused on Intellectual Property litigation at the Federal District and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Elizabeth’s practice also includes complex business litigation, patent prosecution and trademark prosecution.

    In 2011, Elizabeth founded Yang & Wang, P.C., a boutique law firm that ultimately gave life to the Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang. Prior to starting her own practice, Elizabeth gained extensive experience at various international intellectual property law firms where her practice primarily focused on a variety of technologies, including electronics, hardware, software, variable data printers, fingerprinting sensors, data packet processing, network security systems, microprocessors, and automated telephonic systems along with IP Litigation. She is also experienced in drafting patent validity opinion letters, requests for reexamination, intellectual property licensing agreements and trademark consent agreements.

    Elizabeth further has extensive experience dealing with family law issues involving child custody, child support, alimony, asset division, pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements. Being a mother of two young children , she understands and can relate to clients who are also undergoing emotional divorces. She has represented family law clients both efficiently and compassionately at various stages of litigation and trial. Elizabeth earned her mediation certification in 2015 from the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and has assisted many combative litigants in resolving their issues through mediation and alternate dispute resolution.

    Prior to practicing law, Elizabeth worked for Raytheon Company as an electrical engineer designing radar systems for the B2 Bomber. She has also interned at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, working as a team member on the main control unit of the Mars Exploration Rover.

    In 2016-2020, Elizabeth was awarded the “Top 100 Civil Lawyers” award and the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” award by the National Trial Lawyers Association. In 2017-2020, Elizabeth was recognized by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” ranking her in the top 2.5% of lawyers in California and also presented with the Lawyers of Distinction award, recognizing her as the top 10% of lawyers in the United States.

    In 2017, Elizabeth published her first best-selling book, “The Big Secret” alongside Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In 2018, Elizabeth published her second book, “Stress-Free Divorce” to assist parties going through this very difficult time of their lives.

    • March 05, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Online (Zoom)

    Virtual Lunch with Leaders Series

    Register directly with SDPA: https://sdparalegals.org/events

    • March 08, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Online (Zoom)

    Immigration: Our Broken System and a Way Forward in a New Era

    Presented by Linda Dakin-Grimm

    Monday, March 8, 2021, 6-7:30 pm

    Linda Dakin-Grimm handled numerous jury and bench trials, appeals and arbitration proceedings in courts across the United States as a litigation partner at Milbank LLP.  She now concentrates exclusively on pro bono immigration matters. She has taken on more than seventy five unaccompanied children and separated families in immigration proceedings. In addition to the required legal work in immigration, state and federal courts. In the Trump era, Ms. Dakin-Grimm acted as counsel in actions against the federal government based on unlawful immigration policies. 

    She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, the Advisory Board of the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights, the L.A. Advisory Board of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Southern California Catholic Task Force on Immigration. She speaks widely and has been quoted on immigration law questions in the New York Times, Buzzfeed News, Los Angeles Times, CBS News, La Opinion, Law360, Telemundo, America Magazine and many other publications. Her first book,Dignity and Justice: Welcoming the Stranger at our Border, published by Orbis Press in September, 2020, is widely available now. 

    Ms. Dakin-Grimm received her B.A. From Yale University, her J.D. From Harvard Law School and an M.A. In Theology from Loyola Marymount University. During 2021, Ms. Dakin-Grimm is a Advanced Leadership Sr. Fellow of Harvard University.

    During  2020, Ms. Dakin-Grimm and her team won an injunction against DHS and ICE’s unlawful conduct against migrant kids in California foster care (who obtained predicate SIJS orders from state dependency courts), and they won a TRO in the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of a young SIJS beneficiary who was wrongfully deported (in violation of a federal court injunction) and returned to the US under an order of contempt against ICE.  Unbelievably, ICE was in the process of deporting him again. Ms. Dakin-Grimm is deeply involved in responding to the family separation debacle of 2018 as well; In January of 2020, after obtaining an order from a federal judge in San Diego, she accompanied the only nine parents who were separated from their children and deported — back to the U.S. from Guatemala.

    • May 06, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Online (via Zoom)

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     Annual Legal Technology Expo

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

    We are excited to partner with the Los Angeles chapters of

    ACEDS and Women in eDiscovery 

    for LAPA's annual Legal Technology Expo










    Network with industry professionals, paralegals and attorneys, visit our exhibitors and learn about cutting edge legal technology.




    $20 for Members of LAPA and ACEDS & WiE (with discount code)

    who register before 3/19 

    $35 Non-Members, late registrants & day of event

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