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Collins & Lacy, P.C. has gained a vast leadership presence in legal associations across the state. The business defense firm is pleased to announce six paralegals are serving in leadership roles within their respective professional associations for 2012.

In the Upstate, Barbara Spearman has been officially sworn in as the 2012 President of the South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association (SCUPA). Spearman, of Collins & Lacy’s Greenville office, has been a member of SCUPA for the past 20 years. She has previously held the offices of Treasurer, Secretary and Seminar Committee Chairperson. Barbara was a recipient of the Paralegal of the Year Award in 1995 and 2007. Also from the Greenville office, Collins & Lacy’s Daysha Bonner is the new Co-Chair of SCUPA's 2012 Pro Bono Committee. The committee focuses on giving back to the community through projects, donations and services.

In the Midlands, Collins & Lacy has four paralegals honored with leadership roles within the Palmetto Paralegal Association (PPA). The PPA was established in 1988 to promote professional development through continuing legal education and to enhance the recognition of the paralegal profession within the legal community.

During a ceremony Wednesday, Justice Costa M. Pleicones inducted the 2012 Board. It included Collins & Lacy’s Vickie Baker as First Vice President and Education Chairman, Cyndi Miller as Chair of the Ways & Means Committee, Kelli Spinks as Chair of the Employment Information Committee, and Roshel Tuska as Secretary.

“Collins & Lacy is proud of this leadership presence in these statewide associations,” said managing partner Ellen Adams. “We are proud to have such dynamic people on our team and commend their dedicated service to these executive board positions that advance the paralegal profession.”

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