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ARIZONA PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION

Arizona's Largest Paralegal Association

2021 SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED!

The APA has awarded two scholarships this year. The selected recipients are Ms. Lynn Hourani and Ms. Sara Meza-Romero. We are overjoyed that there were so many applications and were happy to present these two lovely ladies with the awards. Thank you to all of the hard work from the Student Award Committee Members! Below is a short bio and picture of our winners for this year's scholarships.


Applicant Awardee one is Ms. Sara Meza-Romero (pictured right) and is currently enrolled in the post-degree Paralegal Certificate Program at Pima Community College (Tucson, AZ). Having worked in administrative law for the past 15 years, Sara has been the owner and sole practitioner of Contigo Disability Advocacy, LLC for the past 7 years, successfully representing many disabled claimants before the Social Security Administration. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a M.Div. in theology, is bilingual in Spanish, and is a certified healthcare interpreter. Having decided it was time for a change, she enrolled in the post-degree paralegal program to expand her skill set and enhance her employability after so many years of “on the job” learning. Sara is the mother of a 22-year-old daughter who attends the University of Arizona, and when not studying or doing homework, enjoys practicing Bikram Yoga, spending time with her two dogs, and appreciating the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert.


Applicant Awardee two is Lynn Hourani (pictured right): I am a student at Pima Community College. I am in my last year of classes and will graduate at the end of December 2022 with a post degree certification in Paralegal Studies. After spending 25 years in an abusive marriage, I was able to get myself and my children out and into a place of safety with the help and advice of an attorney.  As an immigrant, I was unaware of the rights that I had in America and had no knowledge of the network that is in place to help people in need. My attorney guided me and support me through the process. My goals are to become a paralegal, work in Family Law, and help other families who are in need of help. I would like to thank the APA for all of the work that is done to support paralegal students and paralegals who are, in my opinion, the backbone of the Legal system.



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To promote the professional development of paralegals, and to provide continuing legal education programs, seminars and

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To maintain high ethical standards for paralegals, to educate legal and business community members in the effective utilization

of paralegals, as well as to promote consumer awareness of the role of paralegals within the legal system.







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Additional Information and Resources


The APA has adopted Maggie's Place as our ongoing charity and they need our support.  Due to the generosity of our members and supporters, the APA made a donation to Maggie's Place in December 2020 in the amount of $800.  If you haven’t already, please consider contributing to this terrific organization.  

Also Maggie’s Place qualifies for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, which means you can give to the work of Maggie’s Place at NO cost to you! Under a State of Arizona program to assist agencies that help disadvantaged families and children, donors to Maggie’s Place can receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contribution. As of May 2016, new legislation has increased the credit to up to $400 for an individual and $800 for a married couple filing jointly. Through this credit, you can lower your tax dollars AND help our moms and babies. Truly a win-win for you and the moms and babies who call Maggie’s Place home!



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