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Hi, I’m Leni (Alena) Tupper. I’m Faculty Department Co-Chair of the Paralegal Program at PCC. I have been a full-time faculty member in the Paralegal Program since 2016. Before coming to PCC I was an immigration attorney, part-time instructor, attorney advisor in Immigration Court, judicial law clerk, and legal assistant in landlord-tenant law, among other things.

Even though I work full-time in the Paralegal Program, I have not been able to leave legal advocacy behind completely, so I remain a pro bono immigration attorney. I volunteer with Immigrant Defense Oregon and the Metropolitan Public Defender Community Law Division. I also help organize many free legal clinic events here at PCC.

Teaching paralegal courses at PCC has allowed me to combine my passions for social justice, the law, and education. I have connected with so many amazing students, staff, and faculty here at PCC, from whom I have learned so much. I am always trying to continue learning!

If you have a little time available and you want to start exploring the legal field, I encourage you to volunteer. There is a huge need for legal services for low to moderate-income folks throughout our city, state, and nation. You can help fill that need by volunteering with one of a wide variety of non-profit legal organizations in just about any area of the law. Come by my office (PCC Cascade, TH 108) and I’ll give you some suggestions!

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