Community Service Projects
The Big Bend Chapter Paralegal Association of Florida participates in giving back to the community in a number of ways. Whether it is walking for a cause like Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or Walking to Defeat ALS, participating in a volunteer events such as A Full Summer or the Manna on Meridian food pantry, or through silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, Keep the Change for GAL (Second Circuit Guardian ad Litem), or other direct donations to organizations such as Refuge House, North Florida Office of Public Guardian, and First Beginnings, we stive to be active in the community we call home.
Student Scholarship Program
The Chapter is fortunate to assist Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and Keiser University (Keiser) with their paralegal studies programs. Several Chapter members have served on 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 Barry University applicants enrolled in legal studies.
If you are a student enrolled in the paralegal/legal studies program at TCC, Keiser, 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.
Professional Scholarship Program
The Education/ Scholarship Committee would like to remind you that The Big Bend Chapter and PAF award Professional Development Scholarships to qualified applicants for the specific purpose of encouraging Chapter members to attain the CP, ACP or FCP designation, become Florida Registered Paralegals, and to participate in CLE seminars, chapter, PAF, or 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 contact 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? We are all at different stages in our lives, however we strive for continued growth and development. If you have a heart for helping others and are interested in serving as a mentor for new members, or members exploring a new or different practice area, please email Asha Maharaj-Lucas.
If you are interested in a mentorship, please email Asha and note the practice area(s) or topic(s) of interest and we'll pair you with a mentor.
We usually meet for tapas and happy hour on a quarterly basis to catch up and network with one-another in an informal environment. If you have an idea for a place to go or have heard of a new spot that you've been wanting to try, let us know.
Newsletter and local Job Bank
The Chapter issues a monthly newsletter, Headnotes and periodic, job bank messages alerting members to new opportunities. If you've got some news, an alert for new ruling making a change in caselaw, proposed legislation, a recipe you'd like to share, or event you want noticed, or know of upcoming openings in your firm, we'd like to hear about it and spread the word.
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