“Equality before the law is not just a legal principle to me; it is my entire reason for being an attorney, mediator, law clerk and public servant,” said Cissy Boza Sevelin, candidate for Circuit Court Judge in Group 25.
Boza Sevelin stated, “My dedication and involvement with our community sets me apart from others who are running in my group. I am compassionate about providing life-changing legal assistance to the poor and oppressed in our community. I have dedicated more than 4,000 hours in pro bono legal services since 2013.
I am dedicated to following the rule of law as written and not as I wish it to be.”
Throughout her life, Boza Sevelin has worked in a variety of fields before becoming an attorney. She began working at the age of 12 when she went to work at Olympia Bakery in Tampa. Boza Sevelin received her Associate of Arts Degree from HCC in 1989 and graduated from USF with a dual major in Accounting and Finance in 1995. Boza Sevelin has worked as an accountant, a loan officer and a small business owner. Boza Sevelin became an attorney in 2002 and worked as a mediator and then as a Bankruptcy Law Clerk for the judges in the Middle District of Florida for nine years. During that time, Boza Sevelin wrote thousands of legal opinions and was highly involved with courtroom procedure.
Boza Sevelin has been a sole practitioner in Thonotosassa since 2013. However, she is not in a traditional practice. This is because 100 percent of Boza Sevelin’s practice is devoted to pro bono work. Her clients are financially disadvantaged and cannot afford representation. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem, an Attorney Ad Litem and a volunteer Teen Court Judge.
Boza Sevelin explained, “The general nature of my current practice is representing indigent clients in various areas of the law such as Domestic Violence Injunction Hearings, Family/Domestic Relations, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Advance Directives, and Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency Hearings.” Boza Sevelin is also a Certified Family Mediator where she deals with custody, child support, division of property and other family law matters.
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