Ms. Stem brings more than thirty years of experience to the firm as our Senior Paralegal. She has worked for some of the largest law firms in Florida in the practice areas of civil litigation, bankruptcy, and transactional real estate. For more than twenty years, Ms. Stem served as an appellate paralegal and judicial assistant with the Florida Second District Court of Appeal.
Her responsibilities included compiling case summaries in over 3,500 civil and criminal litigation proceedings; reviewing court records for docket completeness, court jurisdiction and pending motions; and proofreading, editing and overseeing issuance of court opinions. Ms. Stem created an electronic case archiving system that was mandated for use throughout the Second District Court of Appeal in 2008.
In addition to her professional work, Ms. Stem has also devoted hundreds of hours volunteering in her community with local civic and professional organizations and has held numerous leadership positions in them. She founded Camp SPARKS, the first summer day camp program for children with disabilities in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Through her leadership Ms. Stem created a coalition of community partners, including the Hillsborough County School Board, Therapeutic Recreation Department, and Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities. Camp SPARKS is currently in its 25th year of operation with multiple locations.
Ms. Stem is a past recipient of the Tom Ulvanes Award for outstanding community service to the disability community and a finalist for the Hillsborough County Human Rights Award.