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Tom Pokladowski of UCI Division of Continuing Education Appointed to National Association of Legal Assistants Certifying Board For Paralegals

IRVINE, Calif. – June 18, 2013 – University of California, Irvine Extension announces the appointment of Tom Pokladowski, director of Law, Finance and Business programs at UC Irvine Extension, as a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certifying Board for Paralegals. Pokladowski will serve two-years on the board and help maintain the integrity of the credentialing program. He along with other board members will be responsible for all aspects of the certification program including statistical analyses, policy making, disciplinary procedures, and examination content.

Established in 1976, the Certified Paralegal (CP) credentialing program is administered by the NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals and is nationally recognized. As of March 2013, more than 17,000 paralegals have achieved this designation. Since administration of the first examination, the CP program has had a significant positive impact on the paralegal profession. The CP credential is the nation‘s standard setting program for paralegals. It provides national recognition of the achievements of paralegals and is a powerful tool in the management of one‘s career in this competitive hiring market.

Pokladowski oversees and guides the promotion and development of current legal, financial, and leadership programs and curriculum at UC Irvine Extension. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California and has experience in state and federal court. Pokladowski earned his law degree from Chapman University School of Law, and he is a member of, the Orange County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

“My experience directing an ABA-approved paralegal certificate program keeps me on the forefront of current trends that will help students gain the skills needed to be successful legal professionals,” said Pokladowski. “I hope my experience and knowledge in continuing education can help the paralegal profession continue to grow.”

About The National Association of Legal Assistants

The National Association of Legal Assistants, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a national non-profit association which represents over 18,000 paralegals through individual members and 84 affiliated state and local associations. It is the leader in the growth and development of the paralegal profession, providing continuing education, professional development and certification programs for the career field.

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.