Legal Support Programs
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Joni joined the BTS faculty in 2003 to teach in the Legal Support Programs. A native of Moloka`i, Hawai`i, she holds a B.A. in humanities and a Ph.D. in education from Washington State University. More relevant, however, is the fact that she spent almost 30 years as a litigation paralegal and law firm administrator, "doing" what she teaches.
In teaching, she connects her students to the work world by emphasizing competence, professionalism, critical thinking, and relevance to practice. She provides them with stimulating and challenging curricula and encourages balance in their professional and personal lives.
Joni has published and presented papers on paralegal practice, higher education, and web response. Currently, her primary research areas focus upon higher education leadership as well as paralegal licensure and attorney admission trends (a byproduct of her service with the Character & Fitness and Disciplinary Boards of the Washington State Bar Association).