The Fresno City College Student Paralegal Association provides a forum for all of the students in the Paralegal Program to:

  • enhance our learning experience through association-sponsored seminars and presentations,
  • meet prospective employers and colleagues in the local legal community at social gatherings,
  • participate in fund-raising and benefits
  • get to know one another.

Our members benefit from seminars hosted by SPA, a California State Bar-approved provider, and a newsletter published monthly.  We also hold events throughout the semester.  Students of the paralegal program are also welcome to attend SPA General Meetings held monthly. You will enjoy getting to know your fellow students as you work towards earning your certificate or degree.

Our Officers

Our officers work very hard to balance the focus between the academia, professional development and social interaction.  Our SPA Board and Officers represent the student members of the association.
We also have members who assist in making this a successful organization.  If you are interested in joining SPA, you can download and print the membership application, or email your request for an application to one of the SPA officers.

The newly elected SPA Board and Officers for the 2016-2017 school year are:
    President - Kelly Campbell-McKay
    Vice-President - Nazie Baharloo
    Secretary - Crystal Zawadzski
    Treasurer - Leana Pena
    Historian/Public Relations - Deborah Jones.

A Community of Education

Let's face it. It's all about the education and that is what brings us together at SPA. The Paralegal Studies Program at Fresno City College has been in existence for over 30 years. Under the diligent guidance of Dr. Brian J. McCully, it has developed into a first rate and highly acclaimed program and truly equips us for moving into the legal profession.  To learn more about it click:  The Paralegal Program.   

Awards & Recognition:

The Jacket Award

Recent recipients:

Kyle Loflin – Spring 2014
Kelli Glazebrook – Fall 2013
Anna Peterson – Spring 2013
Sandra Ramon – Fall 2012
Joseph Velasquez – Spring 2012 

The “Jacket Award” was created in 1989 by Paralegal Program Director Brian J. McCully while he was the instructor of the paralegal program’s legal research and writing classes by recognizing the student earning the highest grade in that class. Since that time, subsequent instructors of Paralegal 2B, the advanced research and writing class, have continued the tradition of the “Jacket Award.”

The purpose of the award is to recognize the student earning the highest grade in the FCC Paralegal Program’s Paralegal 2B (Advanced Legal Research and Writing) Class. Each semester the winner of this award gets a $75 scholarship provided by Mr. McCully and his/her name added to a perpetual plaque located in the lawbook room of the FCC library that contains the names of all previous “Jacket Award” winners. Two of the former winners of this award are now instructors in the FCC Paralegal Program. In addition, five of the past winners are now practicing attorneys.

The “Jacket Award” is just one of the many ways the FCC Paralegal Program recognizes the accomplishments of its fine students and reaffirms its commitment to excellence - a commitment that has become the hallmark of the FCC Paralegal Program.