The Slonim Law Firm, PA: Staff
Katie began working at the Slonim Law Firm in July 2008. She graduated the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies in December 2008.
As a paralegal, Katie helps Mr. Slonim in the drafting of estate planning documents and in many of the varied aspects of the practice regarding Probate, Guardianship, and Medicaid Planning.
Shannon has been with the firm since January 2010 and is presently assisting Mr. Slonim with standard administrative duties in addition to aiding in the organization of the office and working with clients.
She worked for the Boston Public Defender's Office for 3 years as a legal assistant in the Criminal Trial Unit, and as special assistant to the State Forensics Director.
Shannon also spent time in New Orleans working for an antique dealer and appraisal business, as well as working in the annual Royal Street Stroll event and the New Orleans House of Lounge Fashion Show events.
In her spare time, Shannon enjoys reading, gardening, and baking.
The latest "members" of the Slonim Law Firm. We've had a new family of Sandhill Cranes that have decided to make their nest not far from our office windows. The adults and offspring can be seen at various times of the day foraging for food around the premises.
Florida's sandhill cranes are a threatened species that are found in inland shallow freshwater marshes, prairies, pastures and farmlands. Sometimes they can be seen on lawns throughout Florida. There are only about 5000 sandhill cranes that live permanently in Florida.
They are sensitive birds that do not adjust well to changed environments and high human populations. Sandhill cranes are usually seen in small family groups or pairs. Sandhill cranes lay one or two eggs, preferably near water to protect them from predators. Young cranes will stay with their parents for about 10 months. Once an egg hatches, the adult cranes will stay grounded until their young learn to fly.
Some of their favorite meal items include seeds, plant tubers, grains, berries, insects, earthworms, mice, snakes, lizards, frogs and crayfish. In Florida it is against the law to feed sandhill cranes. They can become aggressive towards humans, and some young cranes have died from pesticide poisoning from eating off lawns.
Sandhill cranes mate for life, and can live up to 20 years.