Paralegal Studies: Faculty
Ruth Astle, J.D., is an administrative law judge who presides over hearings and writes decisions involving state and municipal agencies. She serves as an arbitrator and has more than 18 years' experience in law practice. She has authored material on administrative law for Continuing Education of the Bar publications and has received many awards for her work as a lawyer and judge.
Vince Avellino, J.D., provides court-ready accountings for attorneys and bookkeeping services for fiduciaries, as well as the usual bookkeeping and accounting services for small businesses and individuals.
Diane Camacho has over 15 years of experience in legal management. Working her way up from a secretarial position, she has managed small firms and branches of large international firms. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of San Francisco in 2009 in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.
Founding partner of Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP, Charles Jenkins has litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts all over California since 1984. With a broad base of experience including environmental, class action and intellectual property litigation, Mr. Jenkins has been recognized as one of the premier commercial litigators in the San Francisco Bay Area and continues to practice law today. Since 2004, Mr. Jenkins has focused his professional pursuits on growing green businesses and advocating for public policies designed to limit human behaviors that contribute to climate change. Mr. Jenkins was a principal in FutureHouse USA, a collaborative green building project between the governments of the U.S. and China integrating highly innovative green building systems into a demonstration residence located in Beijing. Mr. Jenkins is currently co-founder and Chief Executive of RenewedCurrent, Inc., a green start-up company that cultivates and harvests Renewable Energy Credits for individuals and businesses that generate their own clean electricity through photovoltaic solar and wind turbine generation systems. Mr. Jenkins is currently advising local, state and regional governmental interests about distributed clean electricity generation and related regulatory concerns.
R. David Kirby, M.B.A. obtained his Master's Degree with highest honors. David is a commissioned notary public, a Certified Loan Signing Agent and a member of the National Notary Association since 2007. As a career Safety and Security Director, he has many years of experience as a corporate trainer. David is also Founder and Co-owner of California Notary Training Center and has been teaching notary training courses at schools and colleges throughout northern California since 2009. He is a seasoned instructor having taught various training courses for 20 years. He has a passion for helping students succeed.
Adria-Ann McMurray, J.D., is an attorney in private practice. She has specialized in immigration law since 1986. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Journalism from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from New College School of Law. She has been teaching Paralegal courses at SF City College and SF State since 1991.
Pat Medina, B.A., is the director of the Paralegal Studies program and has taught in the Paralegal Studies program since 1981. She is the author of Paralegal Discovery: Procedure and Forms. Ms. Medina has worked as a litigation paralegal for over 20 years, with experience at both plaintiff and defense law firms. Faculty member since 1981.
Steve Weisberg, J.D., operates a contract service for legal and sociologic services and is a partner in a continuing education lecture business. He has acted as both a small claims court advisor and mediator for Marin County and has over 20 years of experience in teaching and curriculum design in the legal field. Faculty member since 1991.
Pamela Wolpa, RP, began her career in the legal field in 1994 working on the plaintiff side of legal malpractice cases and is a graduate of the SF State Paralegal Studies Program. Pam is currently an employment litigation paralegal at Littler Mendelson, P.C. She has extensive computer hardware and software experience and has led multiple trainings on legal software and Adobe Acrobat Professional both on the job and at various events and seminars. Pam loves to help others with their computer questions/frustrations as well as help them understand how the various programs work, how and where to find additional helpful resources and feel more comfortable on the computer. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Long Beach State University.
Mitzi Wortman, R.N.C., C.C.M., L.N.C. is an independent Legal Nurse Consultant, practicing in San Francisco, California. Ms. Wortman obtained her ABA-approved Paralegal and Legal Nurse Consultant certificates from SF State Extended Learning. She works as a legal nurse consultant for defense cases involving medical malpractice, mesothelioma and personal injury with the San Francisco law offices of Gordon & Rees. She has over 30 years of experience in the medical profession as a Registered Nurse and is a Certified Nurse Case Manager who has practiced in hospital and private insurance/HMO settings. Ms. Wortman also is employed by Intracorp/Cigna, as a nurse consultant performing utilization review of workers' compensation cases at the State Compensation Fund of California (SCIF).
Mark Yates, J.D., is an attorney living and practicing in San Francisco. After graduating from Hastings College of the Law, he worked in San Francisco as a Litigation Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop, and eventually moved to Mendocino County to work as a Deputy Public Defender. Currently, besides teaching at San Francisco State University, he represents indigent criminal defendants on appeal and teaches at Golden Gate University School of Law.