Rollins Paralegal Certificate | Orlando, FL


A Student's Perspective

"The Professor for Civil Litigation, Ileana Azcunaga, is an excellent teacher. She established a great rapport with the class, utilized various teaching methods that made learning difficult material fun and interesting. I have learned so much and haven't had a boring moment."

- Trudy Mercado, 2014 student

"Dione was an excellent teacher and I truly enjoyed her classes! She had a great balance of in depth knowledge and humor. I thoroughlty enjoyed her class. I would highly recommend it, I learned a lot."

- 2014 program graduate

A Sneek Peek

See what our instructor has to say about the Paralegal Certificate Program. 

Paralegal Program Instructors

Paralegal Team

Rasheed Allen, Esq.

Rasheed Karim Allen, Esq. is an Adjunct Professor for Rollins College where he teaches courses in Legal Research, Analysis and Writing and Career Preparation. Professor Allen has over ten years of teaching experience including as a corporate trainer.

Mr. Allen is the Managing Attorney for Allen | Dawson, PLLC and brings over 16 years of business and legal experience to his practice. His practice is dedicated to assisting small business owners and non-profit organizations in business transactions, contract negotiations, employment law matters and business litigation. Additionally, he handles real estate law matters, estate planning and asset protection. Mr. Allen is admitted to the Florida Bar and the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

Mr. Allen has over six years of legal experience in the areas of business law, contracts, risk management and regulatory compliance, real estate and estate planning matters. Additionally, Mr. Allen has over ten years of corporate experience in a variety of business environments having worked for Fortune 100 companies and industry leaders such as Lockheed Martin, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Geico Insurance.  This background includes business management, human resource management and complex business negotiations.

Mr. Allen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Human Resources, Risk Management and Insurance and Real Estate. Mr. Allen then graduated with Honors from Florida A&M University College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor and was later admitted to The Florida Bar. During his time in law school, Mr. Allen interned for the United States Attorney’s office and the Heart of Florida Legal Aid and was the president of the Christian Legal Society chapter at Florida A&M University College of Law.


IIeana Azcúnaga

Ms. Ileana Azcúnaga graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with Departmental Honors and was a member of the Sigma Delta Pi National Spanish Honor Society. Ileana then continued her studies at UCLA, obtaining her Master of Education degree in 2003. After moving to the Orlando area over 10 years ago, Ileana graduated with honors from Barry University School of Law in 2007. She also served as Managing Editor of Barry Law Review Journal in 2006-2007.  Upon graduation, Ileana worked as an Assistant Public Defender handling 100’s of cases at a time and was lead-counsel in 40 jury trials.  She then worked as a Litigation Associate for a prestigious local law firm before opening up her own practice to focus on exclusively criminal defense.

As an Assistant Public Defender she also handled her own appeals and appellate briefs. Ileana has worked closely with paralegals during her employment with the Public Defender’s office as well as in the private sector. She knows firsthand the skills that paralegals need in order to carry out the many tasks assigned to them in the legal profession.  Ileana is also a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, Orange County Bar Association, and Seminole County Young Lawyers Division. 


Dione Talkington Fletcher

Dione Talkington Fletcher is an attorney in Orlando where her practice is focused primarily on criminal law.  She has traveled, studied and worked overseas and served on the board of directors for a community hospital.  She has coached and judged moot court teams and been a seminar speaker on various business and legal topics.

Ashley Smith

Ashley graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelors degree in English Literature.  She went on to attend the University of Florida Levin Colllege of Law.  She received her JD with honors from Florida where she was an editor on the Journal of International Law and a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing.  

Ashley began her legal career as a clerk in the 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa, FL where she assisted a circuit civil judge and a circuit criminal judge in the felony division.  She then relocated to Virginia and was admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She went into private practice focusing her practice on civil litigation defense.  She then served as an in house attorney for the Department of Labor, focusing on labor law and occupational safety and health litigation.  She also served as as administrative hearing officer at the DOL and as a legislative liason for the General Assembly.  She then relocated to Orlando and is currently an adjunct instructor here at Rollins. 

Upcoming Programs

Fall 2016

Oct 17, 2016 - Apr 24, 2017
Mon/Wed 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuition: $4,995
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