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Joan Rettinger, Esq.

Assistant Professor

Director of Paralegal Studies



Department(s):

Contact Info:

Email: joan.rettinger@gcccd.edu
Office: E-111C
Office Hours: By appointment, please email joan.rettinger@gcccd.edu for an appointment on Zoom. Spring 2023 Online Student Hours Mondays 5:25pm-6:25pm, In Person Hours: Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm, and Thursdays 10am-12pm. During this time, I will be on my computer and should be able to return emails rapidly. During In Person Hours, you should be able to meet with me in my office, or I can zoom from my office to you, if that works better for the student, just send me an email.

 

 

Bio

My preferred pronouns are: she, her, hers. 

 

2022-present: Co-Chair of the Business and Professional Studies Department, Cuyamaca College

2021-present: Assistant Professor and Director of Paralegal Studies, Cuyamaca College

2019-2021: Adjunct Professor Paralegal Studies, Cuyamaca College

2015-present: Attorney at Law, Rettinger Law (Estate Planning and Family Law)

2002-2010: Enrollment Services, Communication and Computing Services, San Diego State University

 

Cuyamaca College committees:

Academic Senate (AS) 2023-present

Workforce Development Committee (WDC) 2021-present

Student Success & Equity Committee (SSEC) 2021-2022

Transfer Center Advisory Board Committee (TCABC) 2021- 2022

 

 

Education:

J.D., Cum Laude, Child, Family, & Elder Law Concentration, 2014, California Western School of Law

A.S., with Honors, Paralegal Studies, 2009, Cuyamaca College

B.A., with Honors, Political Science, 2005, San Diego State University

 

The travel bug and I made a lifelong bond while I was earning my bachelor’s degree. I studied abroad at Oxford University and further developed my appreciation of other cultures starting in Europe and venturing to South East Asia. I've explored to 19 countries so far and often am considering future adventures in my limited free time. One of my personal goals is to visit all 7 continents (3 down, 4 to visit!).  I'm a native San Diegan, who enjoys hiking and baking.  

 

Course(s):

PARA 100 Introduction to Paralegal Studies

Course Note:

 *ZTC* Zero Textbook Cost section: This course does not require purchase of a textbook and may use free Open Educational Resources (OER) or free textbook alternatives.

 

PARA 145 Estate Planning

Course Note:

 *ZTC* Zero Textbook Cost section: This course does not require purchase of a textbook and may use free Open Educational Resources (OER) or free textbook alternatives.

 

PARA 146 Probate and Administration of Estates

Course Note:

 *ZTC* Zero Textbook Cost section: This course does not require purchase of a textbook and may use free Open Educational Resources (OER) or free textbook alternatives.

 

PARA 150 Family Law (Divorce, Separation, Nullity, and Paternity)

Course Note:

 *ZTC* Zero Textbook Cost section: This course does not require purchase of a textbook and may use free Open Educational Resources (OER) or free textbook alternatives.

 

PARA 151 Family Law (Custody, Visitation, and Support)

Course Note:

 *ZTC* Zero Textbook Cost section: This course does not require purchase of a textbook and may use free Open Educational Resources (OER) or free textbook alternatives.

 

PARA 250 Internship

Course Note:

Please note in the class schedule the 2 mandatory meetings.

 

 

 

 

BUS 125  Business Law

 

 

If the class you need is closed, place your name on the priority wait list. As space opens, you will be moved up on that list. Every effort will be made to accommodate "crashers." All students on the wait list for an online class must e-mail me the first 2 days of class to obtain any available add codes. Students on the wait list for an onsite class must attend the first class meeting to obtain an add code.

 

Course Links:

Paralegal Website

Business Website

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