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The Florida Registered Paralegal Enrichment Committee is charged with developing education programming, creating networking and social events to foster camaraderie among FRPs, and raising awareness of the FRP program and the benefits of FRP membership. Email staff liaison Francisco Digon-Greer with questions or call 850-561-5793.

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Announcements & News

Florida Registered Paralegal gear now available in The Florida Bar Swag Store

Finally! The FRP Enrichment Committee is proud to announce that The Florida Bar has opened a store with gear for all of you FRP superstars out there! More items will be added and we will keep you posted.

Browse FRP gear on The Florida Bar Swag Store

Florida Registered Paralegal Swag

Congratulations to Luigi CALDEIRA, INAUGURAL RECIPIENT OF THE FRP OF THE YEAR AWARD

FRP Times, Volume III

Issue No. 3 of the FRP Times

The Florida Bar FRP Enrichment Committee is proud to present to you the Spring 2021 edition (Volume III) of the FRP Times e-newsletter.  


News

From the Bar News

Innovation

Legal lab, paralegal duties addressed by special committee

Tinkering with its proposed legal lab for testing innovative legal services and approving in concept supporting a pilot to allow supervised paralegals to provide more help to clients occupied the Special Committee to Improve the Delivery of Legal Services at its May 25 meeting. The committee is working to complete its final report, due to…

Luigi FRP of the Year 2021

A rough start couldn’t keep this Florida Registered Paralegal from achieving great things

Miami paralegal Luigi Caldeira was 16, struggling with English, and cleaning law offices in New Jersey with his mother when he convinced a managing partner to take him on as a file clerk. It was a risky proposition for both. “I could barely string the words together, but she gave me a chance,” Caldeira recalls….

2021 Florida Registered Paralegal of the year award promotion

Nominations sought for Florida Registered Paralegal of the Year Award

Even after more than 30 years in the profession, Margo Valenti never tires of the question she gets nearly every day — what’s a paralegal? She prefers using a medical analogy to help explain that a paralegal isn’t a lawyer — but a professional who is trained to help lawyers serve the public more effectively…

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Helpline assistance extended to Florida Registered Paralegals

Florida Lawyers Helpline eligibility will be expanded to include nearly 5,000 members of the Florida Registered Paralegal Program, the Board of Governors has decided. Budget Committee Chair Melissa VanSickle urged board members to approve a $3,600 budget amendment that would cover the cost of expanding eligibility for the final six months of FY 2020-2021. “It’s…

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Florida Registered Paralegal virtual seminar draws nearly 900

Almost 900 people attended the Florida Registered Paralegal Enrichment Committee’s virtual seminar, “How to Prepare for Trial When the Client Is Innocent, and the Deck Is Stacked Against Them: The Brenton Butler Murder Trial,” at the recent Florida Bar Annual Convention. Frank Digon-Greer, assistant director of programs at The Florida Bar, along with paralegal Asha…

Board of Governors Seal

Board tables action on ‘Advanced Florida Registered Paralegal’ concept

After months of study, the Board of Governors has decided to postpone weighing in on an Access to Civil Justice Commission proposal to create an “Advanced Florida Registered Paralegal.” At a June 17 video-conference meeting, the board voted unanimously to postpone accepting a Rules Committee recommendation that the board “generally” support the proposal, which is…

Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice

‘Advanced Florida Registered Paralegals’ plan gains conceptual support from Bar’s Rules Committee

(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to more thoroughly explain the concerns the Rules Committee and some Florida Bar sections have expressed about a proposal from the Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Civil Justice to amend Bar rules to create “Advanced Florida Registered Paralegals.”) A proposed rule that would allow “Advanced Florida Registered…

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U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring lawyers and paralegals

The U.S. Small Business Administration is actively recruiting lawyers and paralegals to review and close SBA Disaster Loans for small business owners in need of COVID-19 disaster assistance relief. “To get right to the point, we have an urgent need to hire attorneys and paralegals,” said Patricia Gibson, a senior advisor at the SBA, adding the…

Florida Commission on Access To Civil Justice

Board’s Rules Committee studies “Advanced Florida Registered Paralegals” proposal

Lawyers worried that “Advanced Florida Registered Paralegals” would improperly advise clients about complex family law, will, or other issues. Paralegals were concerned the “advanced” label was too broad. There was agreement about the need for more help for people with legal problems who cannot afford lawyers. The venue was the March 11 meeting of the…

Florida Commission on Access To Civil Justice

Advanced Florida Registered Paralegals proposal goes to Bar’s Rules Committee for study

Review of a proposal under consideration by the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice to create a new category of Advanced Florida Registered Paralegals to provide limited legal assistance to some limited-represented litigants has been delegated for further study by the Bar Board of Governors. President John Stewart announced at the board’s January 31…

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Survey looks at paralegal salaries

Sixty-two percent of Florida law firms use paralegals and 51 percent of those say their paralegals averaged more than 1,000 billable hours last year, according to The Florida Bar’s 2018 Economics and Law Office Management Survey. The survey also found that 16 percent of respondents who work in firms with paralegals report their offices require…

Connect

Florida Registered Paralegals looking to “connect” on a local level can reach out to paralegal associations that are a little closer to home:

Central Florida Paralegal Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 1107
Orlando, FL 32802
407-672-6372

Dade County Bar Association
123 NW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33128

Northeast Florida Paralegal Association, Inc.
221 N. Hogan Street, Box 164
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Northwest Florida Paralegal Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 1333
Pensacola, FL 32591-1333

Orange County Bar Assoc., Paralegal Section
880 N. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-422-4551
Fax: 407-843-3470

Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 11081
Tallahassee, FL 32302
Phone: 727-245-0072

South Florida Paralegal Association, Inc.
123 S.E. 3rd Avenue, #367
Miami, FL 33131

Southwest Florida Paralegal Association., Inc.
P.O. Box 2094
Sarasota, FL 34230-2094

Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 2840
Tampa, FL 33601

FRP Continuing Education

The Florida Registered Paralegal Enrichment Committee provides free CLE every month! You must register to attend.

Upcoming CLE

September: A Day in the Life; Introduction to Key Real Property Concepts and Paralegal Tasks

Linda Odermott, paralegal with expertise in real property lawDuring this one-hour seminar, presenter Linda Odermott, RP®, OCP, will introduce attendees to several key real property concepts and offer examples of typical paralegal tasks necessary to support attorneys who handle real property transactions, including the difference between real property and personal property; the types of estates and ownership; mechanisms for transferring property, and more.

Register

  • Date: Friday, September 24, 2021
  • Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Speaker: Linda Odermott is the lead paralegal and office administrator for the Rosen Law Firm, P.C. in Portland, Oregon. Since 2007, she has worked on complex litigation and real property matters, developing an expertise in civil litigation in state and federal courts; administrative law; real estate transactions; Superfund litigation; land use applications and zoning laws; public records and public meeting laws; and document production and management.
  • CLE Details: 1 credit hour, General.
  • Presented by: The FRP Enrichment Committee.
  • Register via Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Recorded CLE

Course 4582 – Empowering the Family Law Client Through Support

Course 4566 – Anatomy of a Lawsuit

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2020 FRP Winter Networking Reception Sponsors

Milestone Reporting
315 E. Robinson St. S-510
Orlando, Florida 32801
407-810-3021

Keen Investigations and Process Serving

Keen Investigations and Process Serving
12973 SW 112th Street, Suite 137
Miami, Florida 33186
305-790-5606

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Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
9150 S. Dadeland Blvd., Suite 1400
Miami, Florida 33156
786-268-6716

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Phipps Reporting
1551 Forum Place, Suite 200E
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
888-811-3408