This award was created by OCPA in 2001 to recognize outstanding contributions to the paralegal profession.
Dennis Nakata is an instructor in the Paralegal Certificate program at UC Irvine Extension where he teaches Fundamentals of Legal Assistantship, Ethics, and Civil Litigation II.
Dennis is also active in OCPA, a member of the Orange County Docketing Association and teaches courses to the local legal secretaries association on proper calendaring.
With over 10 years experience as a paralegal, he is currently employed in the Public Law Department at Rutan & Tucker LLP in Costa Mesa, CA.
Past recipients of this prestigious award include paralegals Jill Young Patchin, Deborah Ebert CLA, Carolyn Yellis ACP, Dee Nadalin, paralegal instructors Chris Garber and Kathy Miller ACP, CAS, Margaret Lovig, and former California legislator Marilyn Brewer.