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PA R A L E GA L S Distinguished Paralegal Award presented O n January 14, 2019, at the monthly dinner meeting held by the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. – Suncoast Chapter, the Suncoast Chapter and the Sara- sota-Manatee Association of Legal Administrators presented two para- legals — one from Sarasota County and one from Manatee County — with the Distinguished Paralegal Award for 2018. This year there were eight candi- dates, who were nominated by their employers and peers. The nominees were: L-R: State Attorney Ed Brodsky; Chief Judge Charles Williams; Judge Charles Roberts; Judge Stephen Walker Paralegal chapter finds Goldilocks not guilty in case of missing porridge By MALORA SHAW, RP, FRP Seminar Chair Suncoast Chapter – PAF, Inc. O n February 9, 2019, the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. – Suncoast Chapter held a half-day seminar at SCF Lakewood Ranch, Be a CSI for a Day and Help Determine if Goldilocks was Guilty of Eating Baby Bear’s Porridge. After presentations on processing a crime scene, collecting evidence, preserving evidence, and chain of custody by Deanna Groves , Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigator, and Michelle Blount , Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Fingerprint Unit Manager, the attendees had an opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge into place and participate in some hands-on fingerprint analysis of Baby Bear’s bowl. State Attorney Ed Brodsky gave an overview of the State Attorney’s Office and building a case and Judge Stephen Walker , a Chief Judge Charles E. Williams served as the emcee and the presiding judge over the new trial of State v. Goldilocks. Since fingerprint analysis wasn’t available when Goldilocks was originally sentenced, she petitioned for a new trial. former criminal defense attorney now sitting on the felony criminal bench, gave a presentation on how changes in technology have impacted cases today. Judge Charles E. Roberts made a special visit and presented on a case he tried as a prosecutor in 1989 which was one of the first cases ever tried in the United States presenting DNA evidence in a criminal proceeding. Chief Judge Charles E. Williams served as the emcee and the presiding judge over the new trial of State v. Goldilocks. Since fingerprint analysis wasn’t available when Goldilocks was originally sentenced, she petitioned for a new trial. After cross-examination of Goldilocks and compelling closing arguments by State Attorney Ed Brodsky for the prosecution and Judge Stephen Walker for the defense, Judge Williams turned the case over to the jury. After a short deliberation, the jury came back with a verdict of NOT GUILTY. n A  my Schaffer of Grossman Roth & Partridge, n B  renda Guilinger of Matthews Eastmoore, n M  argie Woodham of Blalock Walters, n M  elissa Powell of Maglio, Chris- topher & Toale, n P  eggy Howser of the Gerling Law Group, n S  usan Jankowski of the Farr Law Firm, n S  haron O’Neil of Williams Parker, and n S  arah “Mindy” Wengerd of Williams Parker.  Each nominee received a Certif- icate of Achievement for their outstanding professional achieve- ment, devotion to professional duties, and community service. The winners, Susan Jankow- ski and Peggy Howser were also presented with a Distinguished Para- legal certificate, a beautiful crystal award, and a $50 gift card.   The Suncoast Chapter and the Sarasota-Manatee Association of Legal Administrators want to thank all of the nominators for taking the time to nominate their paralegal or friend and for recognizing the hard work and dedication paralegals have to their profession. The Docket · March 2019 11