Debbie Winters is REAP’s Paralegal of the Year for 2017!
The Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals (REAP) is pleased to announce that Debbie Winters has been named REAP’s Paralegal of the Year for 2017. Debbie has enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as a paralegal in Sonoma County, and has been an invaluable resource to our Association.
For many years, she was employed by the Sonoma County Superior Court where she worked as a Judicial Assistant. Recognizing the need to further her education Debbie attended Santa Rosa Junior College where she obtained an AA degree, and then went on to graduate from the Sonoma State University Attorney Assistant Program. Debbie also worked as a Court Supervisor, and finally as a Court Manger. After 30 years of working with the Court, Debbie retired from the public sector and took her skills to the private sector where, under the supervision of attorneys, she worked as a paralegal specializing in family Law. She currently works as a contract paralegal for several family law attorneys and is self employed as a Family Legal Document Assistant.
Debbie is a highly respected member of the Sonoma County legal community. Even in semi-retirement, she has the dedication to extend her career experience to the paralegal profession through teaching. Her students have said that she is a wonderful teacher who brings her professional knowledge and skill set into the classroom. She is a mentor to her students and the REAP Board.
Debbie is an adjunct faculty member at Santa Rosa Junior College. She teaches paralegal courses and is the instructor for paralegal interns. Debbie finds fulfillment in sharing her profession with students, providing education on the wide range of careers available to them in the legal field. She particularly enjoys helping students become aware of the importance of law in a civilized society and how it impacts almost every aspect of their lives. Debbie’s favorite aspect of teaching is seeing former students working in the legal community after earning their paralegal certificate.
A relentless advocate for the paralegal profession, Debbie continues to give back to the community. Having previously served as president of REAP in the late 1990s, Debbie returned to the Board and currently serves as Treasurer. She volunteers for the Family Justice Center and Legal Aid of Sonoma County.
In 2007, she was awarded the Rex Sater Award for Excellence in Family Law by the Sonoma County Family Law Section of the Bar Association. The award is given each year to an individual or group who has contributed to improving the practice of family law in Sonoma County. Established in 1997, this award typically is presented to judges and attorneys. Debbie is notable as the only paralegal to have received this prestigious award.
We are pleased to announce that Debbie Winters was runner-up for the California Alliance Paralegal Association’s (CAPA) Paralegal of the Year for 2017 at the 29th Annual June Conference, which was held on June 24, 2017, in Visalia, CA. Congratulations Debbie!