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UCI Division of Continuing Education Appoints Tom Pokladowski Director of Paralegal and Legal Programs

New Position Will Support Growth of School’s Business, Management and Legal Department

IRVINE, Calif. – August 10, 2010 – University of California, Irvine Extension, the continuing education unit of UC Irvine, announced the appointment of Tom Pokladowski, Esq. as the director for its paralegal and legal programs. As a part of the business, management and legal department’s management team, Pokladowski will oversee the promotion and development of current paralegal curriculum.

“Our paralegal program has more than three decades of success and we believe with Tom’s leadership it will continue to flourish,” said Lori Munoz-Reiland, director of business, management, and legal programs at UC Irvine Extension.

Prior to joining UC Irvine Extension’s staff, Pokladowski was a practicing civil attorney in the state of California. He has experience in state court, federal district court and bankruptcy court. While earning his law degree from Chapman University School of Law, he served as a board member for the Moot Court Honor Board, the Mock Trial Board, the Student Bar Association and the American Bar Association Law Student Division. Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as a College of Communications Commencement Speaker. Currently, Pokladowski is a member of the State Bar of California, the Orange County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

“I am very excited about my new position and responsibilities within UC Irvine Extension,” explained Pokladowski. “I look forward to carrying on the tradition of providing quality legal education and helping professionals enter the industry.”

For more information about UC Irvine Extension’s paralegal and legal programs, please visit http://unex.uci.edu/ or call 949-824-1228.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.