President's Message / Welcome Page
Dear PAF Colleagues and Friends,
I hope you and your families are off to a happy and healthy new year!
I am honored and deeply humbled to serve as PAF President for the 2022 calendar year and hope you will join me in the work ahead, as we strive to make our association the strongest advocate for our legal profession. As I step into this leadership role, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to my predecessor and dear friend, Asha Maharaj-Lucas, for her institutional knowledge and support. As President, I look forward to building on that foundation and moving our initiatives forward.
There is much to be done as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The global health emergency has both profoundly affected education and made clear the importance of the humanities for articulating shared goals and reciprocal obligations. Given these uncertain times, Chapters of PAF continue to limit in-person meetings while we monitor the on-going pandemic. Of course, we want to be mindful of the health and safety of our members and friends, speakers, exhibitors, and vendors, as your safety is our primary concern.
It has come to my attention that our members have been deeply challenged, personally, as well as professionally, and we keep you in our thoughts and prayers. In these difficult circumstances, we must continue our efforts to unite paralegals across the Sunshine State and make the case for potentional new members, publishing the best possible educational and networking opportunities and speaking out about the indisputable value of what we do.
As PAF members, you receive free Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”). We understand that our CP and FRP members still need the required number of CLEs to maintain eligibility. Further to that end, I would like to thank our Chapters for their continued support to work with State and provide monthly CLEs to all members throughout 2022.
Each of us have been faced with constantly changing work environments, some working from home, while others have worked from the office. The desire for stress relief in our profession continues to increase and we are happy to share that we were able to secure weekly support group sessions (starting again on March 24 at 12:00PM) for all Florida Paralegals with Dr. Scott Weinstein. Our goal has been to provide more benefits for our members. This continues to be my goal. I strive to do more for our members and improve the value of your membership with our organization.
It is my great privilege to be elected to this position and I am so incredibly excited to be a part of PAF during this significant time in the history of our country. I truly hope our members and colleagues will continue to support PAF as we endeavor to persevere.
Kristina M. Schiraldi, MBA, ACP, FRP
President, Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.
Post Office Box 11081
Tallahassee, Florida 32302
Phone: (954) 621-6053
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