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Welcome to the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. – Suncoast Chapter

Welcome to the Suncoast Chapter


On January 13, 2020, with the theme of "Traveling Into Leadership," Barbara Strode, the Suncoast Chapter's Parlimentarian, brought her traveling suitcase with gifts for the newly-elected board.  Along with an arrangement of flowers for each new board member, the president was given a tiara and the Chapter's gavel; the 2nd vice president was given a magnifying glass to look for members and a small pot with flower seeds to grow the membership; the secretary was given a journal and fortune pen; and the treasure was given some coins and a calculator.  Each board member was given an overview of duties required for their office and an oath for confirmation of acceptance.  Welcome to the board members for 2020:

President:  Eva Gonzalez
2nd Vice President:  Clare Ward-Jenkins
Secretary:  Angelstar Colon
Treasurer:  Brenda Guilinger

The Suncoast Chapter is looking forward to an exciting year!


Mock Trial Competition

The 2020 High School Mock Trial Competition was held on February 8th at the Judge Lynn Silvertooth Judicial Center where six area schools participated in the competition.  There were teams from Classical Academy of Sarasota, Booker High School, Pine View, Riverview, Manatee School of the Arts and Invictus.  Each and every student brought their A game and all of the teams did a great job arguing the case material.  A special thank you to the paralegal timekeepers who volunteered this year:  Veronica Barfield, Suzanne Bechtol, Amy Schaffer, Stephanie Fosser, Tina Milan, Lorrie Camerata Groover, Glenda Green, Deborah Woodson and Brenda Guilinger.  Invictus was the winner again this year and we wish them the best of luck at the state wide competition.