Yusra Kauppila received her BS in Criminal Justice from Chaminade University. She graduated from the UCSD Extensions ABA-accredited Paralegal Certificate Program in 2014 before beginning her paralegal career at Military Law Center. Yusra is a Marine Corps veteran and served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. She enlisted in the Marine Corps as a Russian Linguist, attending the Russian Basic Course at Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Following DLI, Yusra attended Cryptologic Basic Course at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX. Yusra was stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, HI. She deployed to Camp Blue Diamond, Ar Ramadi, Iraq from February to September of 2003. She also completed one tour aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley out of Kodiak, Alaska. Yusra served underway as a Russian Linguist in support of maritime boundary line security operations.
Yusra’s military experience provides understanding while working with active duty service members, military veterans and their families. Her first-hand experience in the military helps to provide valuable insight to both the military and civilian court cases she is assigned to.
Yusra is also a registered yoga teacher and teaches classes to specialized populations, primarily to veterans. She continues to serve the military community as the Executive Director of Warriors for Healing, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping service members and veterans heal from PTSD through mindfulness practices. She also leads workshops teaching other yoga instructors about serving the military/veteran population. Yusra is married to an active duty Marine Corps Master Sergeant and they have one son.