Alumna’s Law Practice Celebrates 20 Years of Service to Central Florida

Terry BledsoeAttorney, professor and mentor are just some of the words that can be used to describe alumna Terry Bledsoe, ’87. She graduated from UCF with a bachelor’s degree in political science and has since made a profound effect on the Central Florida community.

Bledsoe was always very active in the community even while she was in college. While at UCF she was a member of the Young Democrats Club where she served as a delegate to the presidential primary campaign and participated in the Model Senate. Bledsoe also went to school as an exchange student for a summer in Cambridge, UK. She remembers it being an unforgettable experience and felt that traveling was a great way to broaden her world view.

Bledsoe graduated with her law degree from Shepard Broad Law School in 1991 and was admitted to the Florida Bar shortly after. She has been a certified family law mediator since 1997 and a county court and juvenile dependency mediator since 1998. Bledsoe is also a mediator for the Fifth District Court of Appeal.

Her practice, The Law Offices of Terry L. Bledsoe, is now celebrating 20 years of service to the families of Central Florida. She offers a full range of services including mediation, family law, divorce, separation, modification, paternity, domestic partnerships, child support, and much more. Bledsoe’s practice prides itself on its open communication policy and no-nonsense approach that leads clients to making educated decisions and less stressful resolutions.

She has maintained a close connection with UCF in a variety of ways. One of her strongest connections is her marriage to one of UCF’s founding fathers, Dr. Robert Bledsoe. In the past, she has also dedicated her time and knowledge as an adjunct professor for the Political Science and Legal Studies departments at UCF. The classes Bledsoe taught included constitutional law, American government and family law. She enjoyed teaching and helping students not only in the classroom but also as interns so that they could gain real world experience by working at her office. Bledsoe looks back on her time working with the political science department at UCF fondly.

“The faculty and staff in the political science department were so caring and eager to be of help, you feel like a member of a family. I never felt like just another number. Looking on my office wall at all the awards I have received over the years for my contributions to my community, I guess that I have lived up to the bar set by UCF.”

Bledsoe’s advice to current students is to acknowledge that their time at UCF is both an education and an opportunity.

“Take advantage of every day and participate in lectures, have fun with colleagues, volunteer to help others less fortunate, explore your hometown and the world. Live and be a ‘Golden’ Knight. To those who much is given, much is expected.”

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