Strong leaders makes strong organizations. The Chicago Paralegal Association takes pride in its mission, but it would not be able to do this without a strong volunteer team on the ground dedicated to enhancing the success of paralegals.  Let's meet those involved. 

President & Director of
MEMBERSHIP

Kristina Judge

      


Kristina L. Judge is a Founding Member, President, and Director of Membership of the Chicago Paralegal
Association. She is passionate about the legal field and, in particular, supporting and educating all
paralegals.

Kristina has worked as a Senior Litigation Paralegal at Stamos & Trucco, LLP since 2009, where she
manages a large docket of asbestos cases and assists 11 attorneys in medical and legal malpractice
defense. Prior to that, she worked at large and small law firms in Chicago and the Detroit area on both
the plaintiff and defense sides in areas of the law including maritime and other personal injury, workers
compensation, and commercial litigation.

Kristina graduated from Michigan State University in 1990 with a B.S. in Psychology. While evaluating
her options for graduate school, she learned about the paralegal profession and realized immediately
that she had discovered her “true calling”. She obtained her paralegal certificate in 1995. She considers
herself fortunate to have been “discovered” by one of her teachers, a sole practitioner attorney, while
working at her day job in retail and has been continuously employed in the legal field ever since.

Although Kristina has always worked in litigation, she is most passionate about wrongful conviction and
innocence projects and has assisted behind the scenes with several podcasts dedicated to that cause.
She is also a voracious reader of mostly non-fiction, in particular in the areas of history, psychology, and
law, although one of her favorite books is “A Confederacy of Dunces”. She is a self-named “genealogy
nerd” and has traced branches of her own family back to the 10 th century, as well as preparing family
trees of the famous (and not so famous) just for fun. She also enjoys yoga, ballet, needle crafts, listening
to music, and watching television with her husband and two cats, Henji and Castiel.

Treasurer/Director of Finance & Director of Marketing

Nathan Ciulla

      


Nathan Ciulla joined the Chicago Paralegal Association in 2021 after attending a webinar and meeting a couple of the founding board members. Due to his experience, he was appointed the Director of Marketing and now serves in that role as well as the Treasurer of the association.

Nathan is also a senior legal assistant at SATC|Law, where his focus is on helping clients, assisting lawyers, and making everyone feel welcomed. Nathan is a valued asset to the firm’s litigation and transactional teams. He continues to branch out into new areas, including assisting with IT, marketing, social media management and administration.

He is also the host and senior producer of the Bridging Chicago Podcast, the premier Chicago based community and social podcast brought by the SATC|Solution Center. With a microphone and camera as his tools, Nathan explores the experiences and achievements of Chicago business, charity and community leaders. He believes that everyone’s story has value, and by sharing these stories, even if it is just with one other person, we can inspire change in our communities. Nathan also serves as a mentor to other podcast hosts and producers through his involvement with The Podcast Academy.

Nathan enjoys meeting the members of the CPA and welcoming them to one of our many events. He also enjoys featuring the great things the association and its members are doing through our website and social media presence. He hopes to help grow the association in size and reach to continue highlighting why paralegals are such an important resource in the American justice system.

“For me, learning how to be my truest self at home, work and with friends was the most freeing experience of my life. It’s important to me to advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community so that more people can feel that same freedom and that no young person feels as though their life is less than anyone else’s.”

Secretary & Director of Operations & Director-at-Large 

(PRO BONO)

Gabriel Evelyn

      

Gabriel V. Evelyn is a Founding Member and the Pro Bono Coordinator of the
Chicago Paralegal Association (CPA). Gabriel can often be heard telling everyone
about his unofficial motto for the CPA: “We have no hateration, here. We’re all
about celebration, elevation, and uplifting the entire community!”
Gabriel currently works as the Paralegal at Prather Ebner Wilson LLP, a boutique
law firm that focuses on probate, estate planning, and estate administration.

Gabriel Evelyn joined Prather Ebner LLP as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant in August 2020.

After graduating from DePaul University with a B.A. in Journalism in 2012, Gabriel worked within the journalism and pharmacy fields before discovering the Paralegal profession. He then decided to cultivate his long-held passion for the law by enrolling at Wilbur Wright’s A.B.A. approved Paralegal Studies program. He
officially transitioned into the legal field in 2018, first volunteering as an
Administrative Assistant at Legal Advocates for Seniors & People with Disabilities, then by working as a Special Assignments Legal  Administrative Assistant & later as
a Project Assistant at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, before graduating with an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies in 2019.

Outside of the Chicago Paralegal Association, Gabriel is a member of the National Association for Black Journalists; the National Association for Hispanic Journalists; the American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers (ASCAP); a global non-
profit for creatives called Artist United; and the Chicago Cabaret Professionals
network. When he’s not drafting legal documents, discussing court cases with his colleagues, or collaborating with other CPA Board Members & local legal organizations, Gabriel can be found composing songs, performing music on stage and/or at an open mic (under his stage name, “Gabriel Valentino”), writing prose, waxing poetically about a restaurant’s delicious cuisine, biking through the many
communities in Chicago, striking yoga poses to the rhythms of jazz music, dancing at live concerts & theatre shows, and celebrating food, family, words, & music via his social media presence, Umami Memories: Savoring, Story, Song, & Soul.

Director-At-Large

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President-elect

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Director of PROFESSIONAL/ STUDENT OPERATIONS


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