Patricia DeRamus of Wellington is the 2015 recipient of the Paralegal of the Year award given by the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar. The award will be presented June 26 during the Florida Bar’s annual meeting at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
The section’s prestigious award recognizes one outstanding Florida paralegal for demonstrating exceptional efforts in achieving a high standard of professionalism in the delivery of paralegal services, and who has also contributed significantly to the community and their law firm.
DeRamus recently completed two terms as president of the Paralegal Association of Florida, a statewide organization with 11 chapters and nearly 1,000 members, and now serves as a member of PAF’s Professionalism Committee. She is a member of the Florida Bar’s Florida Registered Paralegal Committee and the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Paralegals. She serves as a member of the Continuing Legal Education Advisory Council of Palm Beach State College.
DeRamus also is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals and was awarded the organization’s 2014 Affiliates Award for her outstanding contribution and dedication to the advancement of the paralegal profession. She is a past member of NALA’s Professional Development Committee and previously proctored the Certified Paralegal Exam. She is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and serves on the PBCBA’s Professionalism Committee and Outreach Subcommittee.
DeRamus has dedicated the past 20 years of her paralegal career to enhancing paralegal education opportunities and speaking at seminars. She continues to encourage the professionalism of paralegals on a statewide basis.
ABOVE: Patricia DeRamus