Big Bend Chapter

Member Services

Member Services

Community Service Projects

Members of the BBC/PAF enjoy getting involved in their community and endeavor to support local charities. Every Summer we begin back-to-school preparations and provide donations to the Guardian Ad Litem program for backpacks, pencils, notebooks, paper and other supplies for needy children.

First Quarter

 Refuge House

Second Quarter

 North Florida Office of Public Guardian

Third Quarter


Fourth Quarter


Refuge House

The Chapter did a silent auction and a direct donation.

North Florida Office of Public Guardian

The Chapter did a direct donation.


Student Scholarship Program

The Chapter is fortunate to assist Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and Keiser University (Keiser) with its legal assisting and paralegal studies programs. Members are frequent lecturers and instructors within the programs. In addition, several Chapter members sit on the Academic Advisory Boards of both TCC and Keiser. Students participating in the TCC legal assisting program and Keiser’s paralegal studies program are eligible for the yearly scholarship(s) offered by the Big Bend Chapter. We are pleased that scholarships are also available to eligible applicants enrolled in the paralegal programs at Barry University.

If you are a student enrolled in the paralegal program at Tallahassee Community College, Keiser University, or Barry University and would like to apply for our yearly scholarship, please complete the Student Application and Scholarship Application and submit them to Tasha Hugans [] or Beth Sumners. Deadline dates are: Spring Semester, March 15 and Fall Semester, October 15.



Professional Scholarship Program

The Education/ Scholarship Committee would like to remind you that The Big Bend Paralegal Association (BBPA) may award annual Chapter Professional Development Scholarships to qualified applicants for the specific purpose of encouraging Chapter members to attain the CP, ACP or CFLA designation and to participate in CLE seminars, BBPA, PAF, and NALA seminars and annual meeting events.

Examination Scholarships are reimbursement scholarships for members or student members who successfully pass the selected exam. Recipient’s presentation of proof of completion of the exam must accompany application, along with a 300-word essay. Please see Beth Sumners or Tasha Hugans for more information on the rules.



Remember what it was like when you first started out in the legal profession – hearing words such as “caption” or “discovery”? We are all at different stages in our lives, but if we are fortunate, we all continue to grow.  If you have a heart for helping others, and are interested in being a mentor to folks through our Chapter, please email Asha Maharaj-Lucas at

If you would like to participate in our Mentorship Program, please locate the specialty area you are interested in, and click on the person’s name responsible for that area to send them an email:

Tort Claims, Bad Faith Claims, Insurance Claims: Luci Brown CP, FRP

Personal Injury, Circuit court, Social Security Law: Heather Spahr

Bankruptcy Law, Administrative Law: Barbara Berry CP, FRP