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Dianna Noyes


  • B.A. Criminal Justice: California State University
  • Paralegal Certificate: University of California, Davis
  • M.S. Legal Studies and Public Policy: California University of Pennsylvania


Dianna L. Noyes, RP, M.S. graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She received her paralegal certificate in 1992 through the University of California, Davis Legal Assistant Certificate program and completed her M.S. in Legal Studies and Public Policy at Cal U in 2006.

Noyes has worked since 1994 as a paralegal in the areas of family law, probate and estate planning, business and social security. 

In 2002, Noyes sat for and passed the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam. She has served in numerous capacities on the Board of the Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association as their representative to NFPA for several terms and is a lifeimte member of SVPA.

She served two terms on the NFPA Board as president and as director of Region I. Noyes is a member of the Research Triangle Paralegal Association, the American Association for Paralegal Education and the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations. 

She authored several books, including The California Family Law Paralegal, second edition, in 2008; The California Probate Paralegal in 2007; and two versions of the Legal Research Scavenger Hunt Workbook in 2009. She contributed to the PACE Study Manual, second edition, and most recently partcipated in creating the PCCE (NFPA's entry-level exam), item-writing for the exam and submitting chapters for the PCCE Study Manual.

She has been teaching family law since 1994 at MTI College in Sacramento, Calif.; various courses for Kaplan University's online paralegal program; and Elder Law and Estates & Probate courses at Cal U. 

She has been involved in curricula development, has written and taught CLE courses for Duke University, AIPS and other continuing education providers, and has been a frequent speaker on a variety of topics.

Service-learning projects

  • St Michael's the Archangel Catholic Church (Cary, N.C.) middle school and high school youth programs
  • Helen Wright Women's Shelter, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Habitat for Humanity, Raleigh, N.C.
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Professional Studies

Academic Program(s)

  • B.A. Jurisprudence with Concentration in Legal Studies (Online)

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The best part of my job is interacting with the students and helping them have a better understanding of the law — particularly the importance of the role of a paralegal in the law firm or legal environment.

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