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Lauren Doan, American Association of Paralegals award winner/ Courtesy College of the Canyons

A recent College of the Canyons Graduate has been recognized and awarded by the American Association for Paralegal Education Lambda Epsilon Chi National Honor Society, giving her a scholarship for her submitted essay.

College of the Canyons student Lauren Doan received a first-place award and $1,500 scholarship from the AAfPE. Her essay, “Setting Legal Precedents Amid an Unprecedented Pandemic,” analyzed whether a senior-living facility for those suffering from Alzheimer’s is liable for the death of a resident who contracted COVID-19 during lockdown.

“It is a pivotal turning point in my life that I will look back on and say this is where I knew that I was meant to be an attorney,” said Doan of her recent win. “When I was working on my essay, I wasn’t concerned with this idea of winning or that this was a national competition, rather I was so engulfed in the enjoyment of working on a legal case. You know you truly love something when you could stare at numerous statute codes that, to others, look incredibly boring, and yet enjoy every minute of it.”

Doan’s essay will be published in an upcoming edition of “The Legal Educator,” AAfPE’s professional journal.

“Being able to be published at a national level in ‘The Legal Educator’ and winning a scholarship is truly an honor as I hope this can encourage future students to put themselves out there and actively pursue their passion,” said Doan. “Education transcends a degree or diploma; it is what opens up these very doors that lead us to these life-changing moments.”

Doan, who graduated from COC in June after completing the college’s Pathway to Law School program, credits professor Lori Young with bolstering her passion for law.

“She is a huge inspiration for me as after taking her introduction class to law I felt as if law is more than a dream and more of a destiny,” said Doan, who lives in the Santa Clarita Valley. “I would have not been given this amazing opportunity without Professor Young as she was the individual who introduced me to the scholarship and helped read through my essay.”

Young says she was elated to learn that Doan had won the essay contest.

“Lauren has a great writing style, and she embraced the opportunity to compete at a national level by analyzing a case scenario, utilizing her research skills, and producing a stellar legal essay,” said Young. “I am so proud of her accomplishment.”

Doan is transferring to UCLA in the fall to study biochemistry and law.
College of the Canyons is one of 27 California Community Colleges in partnership with the State Bar of California through California LAW, a nonprofit organization, offering a pathway to law school to some of the state’s top law schools.

Approved by the American Bar Association, the college’s paralegal studies program helps students gain a broad-based understanding of the American legal system and the role of the paralegal in that legal system

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Friday, Jul 30, 2021
College of the Canyons has received a $74,707 Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide opportunities for underrepresented community college students to engage in undergraduate research focusing on native bees.
Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021
The California State University announced Tuesday that it will require faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Monday, Jul 26, 2021
College of the Canyons announced it will host a weeklong Fall Rush event Aug. 2 to 6 to assist new students with the registration process.
Friday, Jul 23, 2021
The Soraya, located at the California State University, Northridge campus, announced it is celebrating both its 10th Anniversary and its reopening with a special gift of five free concerts to welcome back and thank its loyal audience.
Monday, Jul 19, 2021
Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, announced this week he secured $1 million for College of the Canyons and $610,000 for Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital to be included in the 2022 Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations bill.
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