Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies

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When you study at Bryan University, you get a unique opportunity to learn from the true leaders and visionaries in your industry. That’s because we’re committed to recruiting only the industry’s top experts to our faculty, so you can learn from working professionals and thought leaders who are at the top of their game—and who can show you exactly how to reach your potential, too.

Hamilton-color11.jpgWilliam F. Hamilton
Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP
Provost, Vice Chancellor, Dean of Legal Services, Department of E-Discovery, Bryan University

William Hamilton is board certified in business litigation and intellectual property by the Florida Bar. His work includes complex business litigation in the areas of contract, software and technology disputes, intellectual property, e-commerce, data security, telecommunications, trade regulation, unfair trade practices, and internal investigations. Mr. Hamilton is also a neutral, arbitrator, and mediator for the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Trademark Association, and the American Arbitration Association.

He has been honored by inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA®, Florida Legal Elite®, and Florida Super Lawyers®. He is also a Litigation Counsel of America® Fellow and a Fellow of the Florida Bar.Mr. Hamilton has been a pioneer in e-Discovery education, having taught e-Discovery and evidence at law schools, judicial conferences, and American Arbitration Association University. He is a featured speaker and writer on electronic discovery and evidence, and his e-Discovery articles have appeared in numerous journals including the ABA Family Advocate®, the ABA Litigation Magazine®, and on Quarles & Brady’s e-Discovery blog, E-Discovery Bytes.

Mr. Hamilton is the co-author of the LexisNexis Practice Guide Florida E-Discovery and Evidence. He is currently the Chair of Quarles & Brady’s e-Discovery practice where he works closely with the firm’s e-Discovery litigation support team on a wide variety of electronic discovery projects. He is a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Discovery and is also a member of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model®.

Mr. Hamilton received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his juris doctor cum laude from the University of Florida College of Law where he wrote for the Law Review.

Claudine Dulaney - LEDP Program DirectorClaudine Dulaney
Associate Vice President of Education, Anthem Education Group E-Discovery
Litigation and E-Discovery Paralegal Studies Program Director, Bryan University

Claudine Dulaney is the Program Director for the Litigation and E-Discovery Paralegal program at Bryan University. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis, she graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law with a Juris Doctor (J.D.). Her years of experience as a paralegal, legal secretary, and research assistant provide her with great insight into the realities of the paralegal career field. In addition, over the past 8 years, she has worked in teaching and administrative roles in higher education including paralegal studies.

She is a member of NALA, the Association of Legal Assistants and Paralegals, and participates in continuing education opportunities, staying current on the trends in the field.

She is passionate about the Paralegal field and in preparing students successfully to meet the demands of the workplace.

Paul Armbruster
Instructor, Bryan University

Paul Armbruster is an Australian-qualified lawyer who is admitted to practice in Queensland, Australia. He also holds an Arizona in-house practicing certificate. Paul has been in the e-Discovery space for over 14 years and is currently a Litigation and e-Discovery Analyst at eBay Inc.

Marty Chadwick - LEDP InstructorMarty Chadwick
Instructor, Bryan University

Marty Chadwick is a political science graduate of Columbia College and has a J.D. from Western New England University. A resident of Gilbert, Arizona, he is an active member of the Arizona State Bar and prior member of the Massachusetts Bar and the Virginia Bar; where he practiced contract, criminal, elder, juvenile, and estate planning law. He is a professional mediator with his own Arizona firm, Mediation Path, where he mediates divorce, family law, employment, and elder conflicts. He has also mediated for the Pinal County Courts, the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, the Maricopa County Justice Courts, and the EEOC. Prior to this, Marty had a long career as a C-level executive in Healthcare.

Prior to teaching at Bryan, Marty was an adjunct instructor in the Lamson College paralegal program. His significant other, sons and several grandchildren in the area keep him busy, humble, perplexed, and delighted. He also enjoys volunteer work with the fire department, hiking, golfing, cooking, creative writing, and experimenting with water coloring

Patrick Johnson
Instructor, Bryan University

Patrick graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. in Political Science. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. While in law school, Patrick interned at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, and a civil firm. He was also a member of the nationally-ranked Cumberland Trial Team.

After law school, Patrick moved to Arizona where he began working at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. While there, he prosecuted cases in the Pre-Trial Bureau, the Felony Trial Bureau, and the Family Violence Bureau. After nearly five years in Maricopa County, Patrick joined the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, where he currently prosecutes violent and repeat offenders in the Major Offender Bureau.

Jim Kaplan
Instructor, Bryan University

Jim Kaplan graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2006. At Villanova, Jim was a member of the Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He has worked as a litigator for two law firms and as an e-Discovery project manager for two national vendors, providing him with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with students.

Jim has experience with every facet of the e-Discovery lifecycle: managing document reviews and litigating e-Discovery issues as an attorney; running projects for a managed review vendor; and dealing with technical, workflow and billing issues as a project manager.

Chris Lakso - LEDP FacultyChris Lakso
Instructor, Bryan University

A graduate of the University of Advancing Technology (Cum Laude, 2004), Chris has taken a rather unorthodox path in his career. Upon graduation, his talents were first put to use at SAIC in Tucson, assisting with a classified military satellite program dealing with automated imagery. Later that year, he was approached by Legal Technology Consulting in Phoenix to create 3D animations and other graphics for use in litigation. During the next seven years, he expanded his skill set to include trial technology and e-Discovery. Today, he owns his own company specializing in litigation graphics and animation.

Some of the biggest cases that Chris has worked on include:

Dish Network LLC v. ESPN Inc., et al.,
Mohammad Anwar Farid Al-Saleh vs. Harry Sargeant, III, Mustafa Abu-Naba’a, and International Oil Trading Company, LLC.
Gray Development Group v. Northeast Phoenix Partners
Park Cattle v. Columbia Sussex, et al.

Christine Leavitt - LEDP Faculty

Christine Leavitt
Instructor, Bryan University

Christine Leavitt is an attorney who is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, and Utah. Christine works in the field of employment and labor law as Associate General Counsel to one of the largest private insurance brokerages, a job which she has held for the past six years. In 2011, Christine was invited to be a guest lecturer in Ukraine as part of the U.S. Build Initiative, and she taught at five law schools in western Ukraine. Christine also externed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Utah Legal Services, and the Beaver County Public Defender’s office, for which work she received the J. Reuben Clark Public Service Award.

Christine graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School with honors. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Utah University, where she double majored in Political Science and Spanish, graduating with high honors and as Valedictorian of her class. Christine is very energetic and passionate. She loves learning and enjoys meeting new people. She is also the mother of four, an accomplished pianist, and a long distance runner. Her hobbies include traveling and spending as much time as possible exploring the outdoors with her family.

Ellen Levy
Instructor, Bryan University

Ellen Levy attended the University of Miami for both her undergraduate and law school education. She has been practicing law ever since moving to Arizona in 1999. She works as a civil defense litigator practicing with a private firm with 44 other attorneys. Prior to attending law school, Ellen worked as a paralegal for several years.

Outside of the courtroom, Ellen enjoys running marathons and cycling. She is also involved with the arts and enjoys the symphony as often as possible. She has a love of traveling and recently returned from Italy.

Brett Livingood
Instructor, Bryan University

Brett serves as the Associate Professor and Lab Manager for ELSSA, Bryan University’s E-Discovery Laboratory for Software, Simulation, and Applications.

Brett graduated from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in 2012. Before attending law school, Brett majored in Religious Studies and History at Arizona State. While there, he wrote for the student paper, the State Press, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, in 2009. He also consulted with food banks throughout Arizona on operational issues through the ASU Office of Public Affairs. In law school, Brett wrote for the Law Review and clerked for Hon. Roland Steinle at Maricopa County Superior Court and the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

Before serving as the Associate Professor and Lab Manager, Brett was introduced to e-Discovery through serving in a technical role at a leading e-Discovery vendor. He’s excited to use that experience to help students master the wide variety of e-Discovery tools supported in ELSSA.

Kristin Moya - LEDP FacultyKristin Moye
Instructor, Bryan University

After working at the Arizona Supreme Court, Kristin Moye entered private practice at the law firm of Becker Zarling & Moye Law. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Arizona and holds a J.D. and LL.M. from Phoenix School of Law and Pepperdine. She has published two law review articles in the area of employment law and estate planning.

Kristin worked at Snell & Wilmer and Ryley Carlock and Applewhite where she gained experience with e-Discovery. Currently, her practice focuses on estate planning and representing small businesses. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her daughter.

Kristel Nielsen - LEDP FacultyKristel Nielsen
Instructor, Bryan University

Kristel Marie Nielsen is a paralegal specializing in business contracts and intellectual property law. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Paralegal Certificate from Long Technical College.

Kristel is also an Arizona Notary Public and Arizona Legal Document Preparer. She currently works at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation corporate headquarters at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ.

Erick Ottoson
Instructor, Bryan University

Erick Ottoson earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from UNC Chapel Hill and his law degree from the University of Minnesota. After law school, he spent about five years as an Army JAG officer. He was stationed in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and also spent some time in the Horn of Africa. After leaving the Army, he spent the next ten years as a civil litigator in Chicago and Phoenix. He specialized in patent litigation and particularly enjoyed working on biotechnology cases. He now works as an in-house lawyer for a medical-billing company. In his spare time, he can usually be found on the nearest tennis court.

Nola WrightNola Wright
Instructor, Bryan University

Nola has practiced law for over 30 years, primarily as a trial attorney, in both civil and criminal litigation. She has served as legal counsel for major corporations, small companies, law firms, and government agencies, and has been the supervising attorney for paralegals on staff. She received a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1980 from the University of Kansas, and her Juris Doctorate from Washburn Law School in 1984. In addition to her trial practice, she has taught as an adjunct for business law classes and paralegal programs. A native Kansasan, Nola is an avid KU basketball fan (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!) and an advocate and supporter of the arts.

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