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  • 14 Nov 2005 10:12 AM | Anonymous member

    SFPA is pleased to announce that Representative Juan C. Zapata will be the special guest speaker at SFPA's Fall Seminar to be held on Saturday, November 19th, at the Country Club of Coral Gables.  For those of you who are not aware, Mr. Zapata is the District 119 delegate representing Miami-Dade County in the Florida House of Representatives and introduced the proposed legislation to regulate the paralegal profession and also sits as a member of the Florida Bar's Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation.  We are honored to announce his attendance at the seminar in which he will be discussing the current status of the regulation of our profession.

    If you have not already registered for the Fall Seminar, I would urge you to do so by going to and secure the registration form for the seminar (located on page 22 of the November 2005 issue of the SFPA Journal

    Since the seminar is only five days away, you may register by sending me an email at, or fax your registration form to me at 305-376-6010. You may pay upon your arrival at the seminar, however; we must have your registration form no later that 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 17, 2005.

    The entire SFPA Board of Directors and I are pleased Mr. Zapata has agreed to speak on this important topic.

    Mark Workman
    SFPA President
  • 20 Oct 2005 5:13 PM | Anonymous member

    Dear Members,

    With Hurricane Wilma looming offshore, and its arrival date uncertain at this time, the SFPA Board decided to reschedule the Fall Seminar planned to take place on Saturday, October 22, 2005 to Saturday, November 19, 2005.  This will allow all attendees and speakers time to secure their own homes to prepare for the storm in advance of its arrival.

    The revised registration form is located on page 22 of the November 2005 edition of the SFPA Journal -  An email to all members announcing the change will be circulated today.  Those currently registered to attend the Fall Seminar will either be contacted via email or telephone with the contact information provided on the registration forms.

    Mark Workman
    SFPA President
  • 26 Sep 2005 10:15 AM | Anonymous member

    The October 2005 South Florida Paralegal Association's (SFPA) monthly newsletter - SFPA Journal - has got a new look to go with the new online presence!

    Enjoy easy online access to the October 2005 edition of SFPA Journal. 

    Don't forget our Fall Seminar is on October 22nd.  Registration form is available in the SFPA Journal for your added convenience.  Sign up today, and pass along the information to other Paralegals or interested parties in your place of business.

    Mark Workman
    President, SFPA

  • 01 Sep 2005 10:16 AM | Anonymous member

    Join the South Florida Legal Community to Help the Victims of Hurricane Katrina.

    DATE:         September 15, 2005

    TIME:         6:00 — 9:00 p.m.

    WHAT:      Complimentary cocktails, food from South Florida’s finest restaurants, the musical stylings of Carnival Haggis and DJ Hottpants as well as a fabulous silent auction.

    WHY:      South Florida understands the tremendous horror of a hurricane and we want to help.

    WHERE:   Hyatt Regency, 400 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami

    TICKETS:   $25 tickets may be purchased at the door. 100% of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross.  (Please make your checks payable to The American Red Cross).


    American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund - 305-644-1200 Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida
    Association of Corporate Counsel
    Association of Legal Administrators
    Caribbean Bar Association
    Colombian American Bar Association
    Coral Gables Bar Association
    Cuban American Bar Association
    Dade County Bar Association
    Dade County Trial Lawyers Association
    Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter
    Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter
    Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association
    Haitian Lawyers Association
    Miami Beach Bar Association
    South Florida Paralegal Association
    Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association
    Young Lawyers Section, Dade County Bar Associa
  • 18 Jul 2005 9:21 AM | Anonymous member

    The South Florida Paralegal Association's (SFPA) monthly newsletter is now available online to the general public! 

    Until recently, SFPA's newsletter, the SFPA Journal was only available to members, and sent via U.S. Mail.  Due to the recent improvements to SFPA's website,, the most valuable portion of the newsletter, Career Opportunities - the private, advertising section for those discriminating employers who know the value of a SFPA member employee - is now posted on the member-only section of the website. 

    Realizing the value of providing the South Florida paralegal community at large, the resources available in the SFPA Journal, the Board of Directors decided to make the remainder of the SFPA Journal available to the public through our new website.

    Enjoy the August 2005 Edition of the SFPA Journal (, and please feel free to contact ny member of the Board of Directors with any questions you may have.

    Mark Workman
    President, SFPA

  • 16 Jul 2005 1:22 PM | Anonymous member

    The South Florida Paralegal Association ("SFPA") announced today that it will begin participation in providing its member’s services to the Put Something Back Pro Bono Project (PSB) which provides legal services to the less fortunate people of Miami-Dade County.

    Mark Workman, President of the SFPA, states that he will immediately begin recruiting members to volunteer their time and provide professional paralegal services to this worthy cause.  "We are bound by our ethical and professional duties both as an association and individually, to give something back to the less fortunate of our community", he said.  Over the past several months, Workman has been coordinating SFPA member involvement with Karen Ladis of PSB to provide her office with necessary services to the community. "PSB needs paralegals to assist our office to help our program achieve our goal of delivering pro bono legal assistance to the underprivileged of the community. We are pleased with SFPA’s efforts in this regard", she said.

    The PSB is the official program for providing pro bono, or free legal assistance to the needy population of Miami-Dade County.  It is designed to increase access to the civil legal system by serving as an umbrella agency for referral to all other legal service providers and as a clearinghouse for attorneys who volunteer to help the less fortunate and underprivileged people of the community.

    Through this project, clients are referred to volunteer attorneys experienced in a wide range of legal matters, including: family cases; children's matters requiring Guardians Ad Litem in juvenile dependency, probate and civil court; consumer and housing concerns; domestic violence permanent injunction matters; AIDS and other health crisis issues; social security and veterans benefits; employment matters; the preparation and processing of wills; and, non-fee generating civil court cases where damages at issue are greater than $5,000.  Since its inception in 1992, the program has handled nearly 34,000 cases and recruited more than 7,000 attorneys, including 210 law firms who have signed up 100% of their membership. It is the largest and most comprehensive pro bono project in Florida.

    PSB's mission is to recruit and train qualified attorneys to provide free civil legal aid in the areas of domestic violence, not-for-profits, guardian ad litem, family law, guardianship, probate, bankruptcy, insurance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Habitat for Humanity, wills and more. In 2004, approximately 4,000 clients applied for services.  Of those, over 1,000 received assistance and/or representation and the remainder received either counsel and advice, brief services or appropriate referrals.  There is an overwhelming need for volunteers to assist PSB in the recruitment and referral process.  For volunteer opportunities please contact  Hours of operation, Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Office address: 123 NW First Avenue, Miami, FL 33128. Phone: 305-579-5733 ext. 2252.

    SFPA is a Miami-Dade County based paralegal association affiliated with the National Association of Legal Assistants.  Since 1979 it has served the legal community of South Florida. To learn more about SFPA, please visit their website at

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