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Jennifer M. Heape, a certified paralegal and Florida registered paralegal at Spohrer Dodd, has been elected to the position of treasurer for the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.’s executive board. Heape will begin her term for the statewide organization on July 1. She has been a member of the First Coast Chapter of the organization since 2011 and is excited to make the move to the state level.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve at the state level alongside some of the best paralegals in the business,” said Heape. “Through networking and CLE events, PAF has allowed me to gain knowledge from my peers. As a result, this knowledge has allowed me to better serve my clients. I look forward to assisting other paralegals in reaching their professional goals.”
Heape is the immediate past president and current first vice president of the First Coast Chapter of PAF, which she joined in the first year the local chapter was formed. As an active member of the local board, she has served as president, first vice president and DAL-school/student liaison. Heape served on the FSCJ Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2016. She was an integral part of the 2014 PAF Spring Seminar Planning Committee and was a featured speaker at the 2017 FSCJ Paralegal Studies Program CLE Professional Event.
Heape earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of North Florida, a paralegal certificate at the University of North Florida in their Legal Studies Program and has been in the legal field for more than 20 years. She began her career with the State Attorney’s office and joined Spohrer Dodd in 2011 as paralegal to senior partner Robert Spohrer. Heape has a wealth of knowledge in a variety of legal genres and currently handles complex personal injury cases, including aviation crashes.
The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (PAF) was formed in 1976 and has approximately 1,000 members statewide. PAF’s mission is to enhance the professional standards for paralegals, offer legal education opportunities to its members and encourage a high order of ethical and professional attainment.