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Faculty


Carole Olson, J.D.

Program Coordinator/Director and Faculty

Carole Olson has served as the program coordinator/director, as well as a full-time faculty member, of the Paralegal program since 1985. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Houston School of Law. She is a licensed attorney and a member of the State Bar of Texas.

In addition to teaching Paralegal classes each semester, Ms. Olson oversees various aspects of the Paralegal program for potential and current students, supervises alumni activities and maintains the program’s American Bar Association approval standards.

Ms. Olson has written numerous articles on the paralegal profession and paralegal education for local, state, regional and national publications and has also written several textbook reviews for the major textbook publishing companies. She has served as the four-state representative on the national board of directors for the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) and continues to serve on various committees, task force groups and editorial boards for AAfPE and other professional paralegal organizations.
 

Dudley Knox, J.D.

Program Co-Director and Faculty

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University, Dudley Knox taught high school government and speech. He earned his law degree from Baylor University School of Law and for several years worked on legal projects for a variety of corporations.

In the late 1970s, he was asked to serve on a committee to help create the DISD’s Law Magnet School of Dallas. He helped launch the new school and served as its dean of instruction from 1978 to 1983 while continuing to work on legal projects.
 

Ceaser A. Espinoza, J.D.

Faculty

Founder of the Equality Law Center in Rowlett, Ceaser A. Espinoza is law clerk for attorney Lydia Y. Green, where he assists in all filings and pleadings for bankruptcy and criminal cases. He previously served as an admissions consultant in Oklahoma City University’s School of Law and continues to serve as an instructor and lecturer on matters of citizenship and immigration fundamentals for Mount St. Mary Community Outreach Program of Oklahoma City. He holds an associate degree from Eastfield College, a bachelor’s degree in political science from UNT and a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Admitted to membership in the Supreme Court of Oklahoma in 2007, he holds professional memberships in the American Immigration Lawyer Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association.

A nominee for the Dallas Morning News’ Texan of the Year in 2006, he holds certification in Client Representation in Alternative Dispute Resolution and in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Bilingual in Spanish, his areas of expertise include administrative law, immigration law, bankruptcy law and alternative dispute resolution.
 

Sharman Beasley Vesecky, Ed.D.

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Dr. Sharman Beasley Vesecky graduated from the University of Texas; spent a summer in graduate school at the Sorbonne University in Paris; earned master’s degrees in liberal arts and political science from the University of Texas at Dallas; and holds a doctoral degree in higher education from Nova University in Florida, with a concentration in human resource development.

She taught history, English and political science in Dallas and Richardson schools; spent a year working in Washington, D.C., as a legislative assistant; and spent another year as an oil and gas legal assistant at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. She became coordinator and a faculty member of the Paralegal Studies program in 1976 and in 1980 implemented the Paralegal Co-Op Program.

Dr. Vesecky was granted a sabbatical from El Centro in the summer of 2007 to write a chapter supplement for the government textbook based on “The World is Flat.” Active in community affairs, she serves on five civic boards.