Paralegal Associations

Paralegal Associations are dedicated to developing, strengthening, and advancing the paralegal profession. They provide networking opportunities, continuing legal education programs, and pro bonoactivities for paralegals and members of the legal community throughout the Country.

Paralegal and Legal Assistants Associations in the United States
Worldwide Paralegals
The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc., promotes a global presence for the paralegal profession and leadership in the legal community.

Alabama Association of Paralegals, Inc. (AAPI)
AAPi’s mission is to promote the paralegal profession through awareness and education; be a resource center for education and employment; encourage involvement, participation and leadership opportunities in local and national affiliates on issues that affect the paralegal profession; maintain a high order of ethical and professional conduct; develop and maintain strong relationships with state and local bar associations; be assistance in pro bono clinics and community service; and provide networking and fellowship opportunities among AAPi members.

Alaska Association of Legal Assistants (AALA)
The Alaska Association of Paralegals (AAP), formerly known as the Alaska Association of Legal Assistants (AALA), was founded in May 1981 as a non-profit professional membership association of Alaska paralegals committed to the development and growth of the paralegal profession. AAP is governed by a board of directors selected by the full members at its annual meeting held in May. Board of Director meetings are held the first Thursday of each month. Monthly luncheon meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, featuring guest speakers from throughout the community. AAP also sponsors educational seminars designed to cover many topics in various areas.

American Alliance of Paralegals
The American Alliance of Paralegals is a national organization focusing on the individual paralegal attaining and maintaining formal, legal and continuing education. The American Alliance also encourages collaboration and affiliation with paralegal, legal and other local and national organizations.

American Association for Paralegal Education
AAfPE is a national organization that serves the needs of paralegal educators and institutions offering paralegal educational programs. As primary purposes are rooted in the continuing development of higher quality education for paralegal students as well as to be the main source of authority in paralegal academics.

Arizona Paralegal Association ("APA")
The Arizona Paralegal Association (APA) is the largest paralegal association in Arizona. The APA was formed in 1977 to promote the professional development of paralegals, and to provide continuing legal education programs, seminars and monthly lunch time online webinars for its members. The APA is your source for current information about our profession, networking opportunities, professional certification programs, occupational surveys, and publications to assist paralegals in the workplace.

Arkansas Paralegal Alliance
Arkansas Paralegal Alliance, Inc. (formerly Arkansas Association) is a professional association of approximately 50 paralegals from around the State of Arkansas. The organization was established in September 1983 as Arkansas Association of Legal Assistants. In May 2008, the name was changed because the term "paralegal" more accurately reflects the substantive nature of our members' responsibilities in rendering legal services - while under the supervision of an attorney - and clearly distinguishes our profession from other law office personnel.

California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA)
CAPA is a statewide non-profit, mutual benefit corporation dedicated to the advancement of the paralegal profession and the proposition that paralegals gain strength through alliance

California Lawyers' Assistants
The State Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) has a program to become California Lawyer's Assistants.

Capital Area Paralegal Association
Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA) is a voluntary non-profit corporation comprised of paralegals, legal assistants, students, legal educators, and legal service providers in Austin and the Central Texas area. CAPA was organized in September 1978 by a small group of pioneering paralegals and has since grown into the largest Texas affiliate of NALA - The Paralegal Association.

Capital District Paralegal Association
The Capital District Paralegal Association, Inc. (CDPA) is a nonprofit association organized to promote and improve the image of paralegals as professionals within the legal community, communication among paralegals in the Capital District, continuing legal education of paralegals, and public awareness of the role of paralegals within the legal profession.

CFPA
CFPA is a NALA Affilitated Association and as a result, provides continued legal education for its members through regularly scheduled seminars.

Chester County Paralegal Association
The Chester County Paralegal Association, based in Chester County, Pennsylvania, was formed in 1992 with the objectives and purposes of promoting and maintaining high standards and ethics in the paralegal profession, of providing a forum for the exchange of information about the profession, of enhancing the role of paralegals in the legal community, and of encouraging the continuing legal education of paralegals.

Cincinnati Paralegal Association
The Cincinnati Paralegal Association, an Ohio nonprofit corporation, is committed to the professional development of the individual paralegal and the paralegal profession, the establishment and support of professional standards, and the advancement of paralegals as an integral and distinctive partner in the delivery of legal services.

Cleveland Association of Paralegals
CAP has been, and continues to be, instrumental in allowing paralegals to keep up to date with the rapid growth and technological changes in various legal sectors while advancing continuing education and the individual role of the paralegal in executing legal services.

Cuyamaca Association of Paralegal Students
The Cuyamaca Association of Paralegal Students (CAPS) was created by a group of Paralegal Studies majors who wanted to contribute to their education as well as benefit from it. Collectively, they wished to assist in the development and growth of the program and to provide learning agendas beyond the classroom.

Dallas Area Paralegal Association
The Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA) was founded in 1976, and is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of paralegals, students, and legal industry vendors. DAPA promotes paralegals working and studying across numerous practice areas and helps further each paralegal's professional development and advance the paralegal profession. Representing the Dallas area, DAPA is a regional member of the National Federal Paralegal Association (NFPA), and is the only Texas paralegal association that is a NFPA member.

Delaware Paralegal Association (DPA)
The Delaware Paralegal Association (DPA) is a comprehensive resource to paralegals in the state of Delaware. Providing a complete network of employment, educational, and pro bono opportunities to its over 300 members, DPA is committed to promoting and maintaining high standards within the legal community of the first state.

Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations
On January 30, 1988, five NYS paralegal associations met in Binghamton and formed the “Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations” (“ESAPA”). Associations in attendance were from Long Island, Manhattan, Buffalo, Binghamton and Rochester. The statewide alliance arose from the need to strengthen the paralegal profession in NYS through networking.

Fort Worth Paralegal Association
The purpose of the FWPA is to promote the professional objectives and goals of paralegals, to encourage, promote and conduct programs of continuing education and professional development and to promote the advancement of high standards of integrity and professionalism for paralegals to the end that both the public and the legal profession are better served.

Gainesville Association of Paralegals
The Gainesville Association of Paralegals, Inc., is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of the legal assistant profession, certification through NALA, professional training and networking, and upholding the highest standards of the legal profession.

Georgia Association of Paralegals
GAP's purposes remain the same as when first formulated over 35 years ago. The goals are to enhance the role of paralegals in the legal profession, to improve the working conditions of paralegals, and to maintain a continuing relationship with bar associations throughout the state.

Houston Corporate Paralegal Association
Houston Corporate Paralegal Association (HCPA) is Houston's premier professional association for corporate paralegals. As a non-profit organization, HCPA provides continuing education and professional development programs for paralegals - from novice to experienced professionals.

Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association
HMPA is a non-profit organization, and is one of the largest paralegal associations in the United States. Founded on August 30, 1978, the HMPA formally changed its name in 2004 from Houston Legal Assistants Association. HMPA's goal, then and now, is to promote the professional advancement of paralegals in the Houston metropolitan area. As a non-partisan, non-bargaining association, HMPA strives for a heightened standard of excellence in the profession through the implementation of minimum education standards for its members and the creation of the advanced Professional Houston Paralegal designation. Although HMPA is not a regulatory board, our goal is to remain on the forefront of regulation, certificate, and licensure issues facing the profession during the coming years.

Houston Paralegal Association
Houston Paralegal Association (HPA) started out as an idea among several professional paralegals in the Houston area who did not feel their needs were being met by any other local professional association. Those paralegals, including Ruth Silva, Rannie Kelly, Barbara Howell, Sheilah Taylor, Lu Poole, Patti Gunning and Adele Spivey began talking to other paralegals about forming a professional association dedicated to providing opportunities for obtaining Continuing Legal Education and networking.

Illinois Paralegal Association
CAPA amended its name to the Illinois Paralegal Association in January of 1976. The purposes of the IPA are to promote communication among members of the paralegal profession, the legal community, civic and professional organizations, to encourage and provide for the continuing education of paralegals, to inform members of developments in the paralegal profession, and to promote the paralegal profession.

International Paralegal Management Association
The International Practice Management Association, founded in 1984 as the Legal Assistant Management Association (LAMA) and recently known as the International Paralegal Management Association (IPMA), is the primary resource for information and education on the management of professionals in the legal environment.

Iowa Association of Legal Assistants (IALA)
Within our state, the Iowa Paralegal Association (“IPA”), keeps its fingers on the pulse of what is happening in the legal profession. Whether it's industry-leading information from our official Original Notice Newsletter, members only Listserv, regional meetings, continuing education seminars, employment opportunities from around and across the state, or information about the paralegal profession within Iowa IPA has it. We deliver the best and most relevant resources for paralegals in the state since 1981.

Kansas Association of Legal Assistants
KALA is the professional association for the Kansas Association of Legal Assistants • Paralegals. Formed in 1981 and affiliated with the NALA The Paralegal Association (NALA), KALA endorses recognition of a system of professional credentials for legal assistants/paralegals through certification, legal education, and/or specialized training.

Kansas City Paralegal Association (KCPA)
KCPA provides opportunities for networking among paralegals on the local, state and national levels and offers quality continuing education. As a member of the KCPA, networking is made easy. You'll have access to local, state and national data, and contacts that support the paralegal profession.

Kansas Paralegal Association (KPA)
The KPA Board of Directors proudly presents the results of the 2016 Paralegal Compensation Survey, the purpose of which was to explore duties and responsibilities, billing rates, compensation levels and benefits as well as training, experience, certification, professional growth and continuing legal education for paralegals working in the State of Kansas and the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

Kentucky Paralegal Association (KPA)
The need for a state paralegal organization had been recognized for years and the groundwork was laid at the first paralegal Forum held in Louisville, Kentucky in November 1989. Following the Forum, organizational meetings were held and the Kentucky Paralegal Association (KPA) was officially formed with the filing of the Articles of Incorporation in September, 1990.

Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association
Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association ("LVVPA") is a professional association for paralegals in the Las Vegas Valley. Our goal is to promote the advancement of the paralegal profession in the Las Vegas community and surrounding areas, as well as statewide and nationally. We accomplish this goal by advocating for the proper utilization of paralegals in the legal community and encouraging high professional and ethical standards in the education, training, and the employment of qualified paralegals, as well as providing opportunities for networking and continuing legal education.

Legal Assistants Association of New Jersey
The Paralegal Association of New Jersey is a non-profit association that strives to foster and promote regulated high-level educational standards and uniform practice guidelines for paralegals throughout New Jersey. Established in 1982, the Association is home to a large and continuously growing number of industry professionals committed to creating a positive community that offers gainful affiliations with fellow paralegals.

Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia
LAPSWV is a NALA affiliated paralegal organization promotes high standards in the legal assistant profession, establishes networking resources for legal assistants/paralegals, and provides integrity in the legal community.

Los Angeles Paralegal Association ("LAPA")
The Los Angeles Paralegal Association ("LAPA") is dedicated to developing, strengthening, and advancing the paralegal profession. LAPA was formed in 1972 by local paralegals in response to the growing need for an organized professional association throughout the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. LAPA was incorporated in 1977 as a California non-profit corporation and is governed by an Executive Committee and a Board of Directors.

Lycoming County Paralegal Association
The Lycoming Law Association is a non-profit, professional association of about 200 Lycoming County attorneys. We provide services and resources to our members to assist them in the practice of law and engage them in activities that promote the public's understanding of and respect for the law. We encourage our members to be active participants in their community, through public service, charitable efforts and pro bono involvement.

Madison Area Paralegal Association
Madison Area Paralegal Association (MAPA) is a non-profit organization affiliated with NALA - The Paralegal Association. We are a strong group of paralegals, legal professionals, and students who live and work in Madison, Wisconsin, and the surrounding areas. MAPA's primary purposes are to provide educational opportunities for professional development and to promote the paralegal profession.

Maricopa County Bar Association Paralegal Division
MCBA's Divisions, Sections & Committees offer members focused professional development, networking, and continuing legal education (CLE) programs opportunities. Fellowship and Lawyer Wellness are an integral part of our membership experience. Leadership growth and experience is available with their executive councils, as well as with our MCBA Board of Directors.

Minnesota Paralegal Association (MPA)
The Minnesota Paralegal Association ("MPA") was formed in 1974 and is affiliated with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations ("NFPA"). MPA is one of the founding NFPA Associations.

Missouri Paralegal Association
MPA was incorporated in 1998 as a Missouri non-profit corporation. In 2009, the Missouri Paralegal Association became a member association of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA). The purpose of the Missouri Paralegal Association shall be to serve paralegals and to advance the paralegal profession.

Montana Association of Legal Assistants'
The Montana Association of Legal Assistants*Paralegals (MALA) was formed in 1992 by a concerned, dedicated group of 15 professionals who recognized the need for a paralegal organization. In 1992 MALA also became an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants. Since its formation, MALA has continually worked to promote the paralegal profession and to broaden public understanding of the role of paralegals.

NALS of Michigan
The Mission of NALS of Michigan is to empower legal support professionals to succeed through education, certification, and networking.

National Capital Area Paralegal Association
NCAPA is a voluntary, non-profit organization formed in 1974 by paralegals living or working in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and northern Virginia dedicated to the advancement of the paralegal profession.

National Federation of Paralegal Associations - NFPA
Founded in 1974, NFPA was the first national paralegal association. Created as a non-profit federation, NFPA is an issues-driven, policy-oriented professional association directed by its membership. It is comprised of more than 50 member associations and represents over 9,000 individual members reflecting a broad range of experience, education and diversity.

National Paralegal Association
Since 1975, NALA has been trusted to provide exceptional continuing education and professional development designed specifically to advance paralegals and other legal professionals in their careers. NALA connects members with their peers across the nation and opens doors of knowledge and opportunity.

North Carolina Paralegal Association
The North Carolina Paralegal Association, Inc. (“NCPA”) is a not-for-profit corporation, formed for the purpose of promoting and enhancing the paralegal profession in the state of North Carolina and throughout the United States of America. We are governed by a group of volunteer paralegals.

Northeast Florida Paralegal Association
Northeast Florida Paralegal Association, Inc. (NEFPA), was formed in 1984 (and originally known as Jacksonville Legal Assistants, Inc.) to meet a growing need for a local professional association for paralegals/legal assistants in the greater Jacksonville area. In July 1986, the Association became an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA). Then, in July 1988, the Association was incorporated as a Florida not-for-profit corporation.

Oregon Paralegal Association
The Oregon Paralegal Association (OPA) is a volunteer-based professional association whose members are paralegals, students, and others who are interested in the paralegal profession.

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio
We work to promote the interests of paralegals, foster relationships with the legal community, serve the public, advocate the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and endorse the mission of PACO.

Paralegal Association of Florida
The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (PAF), is a professional association of over 800 paralegals from around the State of Florida. Formed in 1976, it is the oldest and largest statewide association in Florida, and one of the oldest affiliate associations of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). As a proponent of The Florida Bar’s Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) Program, PAF is dedicated to providing continuing legal education opportunities to its members. We are proud to distinguish ourselves as paralegals and, through PAF, cultivate the paralegal profession. Please check out our other pages to learn more about our organization.

Paralegal Association of Rochester
The Paralegal Association of Rochester, Inc. (PAR) is a not-for-profit organization serving paralegals and the legal community of the Greater Rochester Area since 1975. Membership is open to qualifying paralegals, legal assistants, paralegal students, paralegal educators, and others throughout the Greater Rochester Area.

Paralegal Association of Wisconsin
Paralegal Association of Wisconsin has many purposes. Their purposes include to assume responsibility for leadership and enlightenment of the bench, bar and public regarding the competency, importance and value of paralegals, to promote a broader understanding and acceptance of paralegals as indispensable to the delivery of legal services, to stimulate and encourage the establishment and maintenance of training, educational facilities and programs for persons interested in the profession, to conduct educational seminars, provide a forum for the discussion of subjects pertaining to the profession, and publish information relating thereto, and to further the exchange of professional knowledge and to disseminate information with respect to the profession; and to advance the interests and general welfare of the profession.

Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (PAP)
The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (PAP) was formed in 1973 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the paralegal profession. The membership is comprised of practicing paralegals, students, individuals, schools, law firms and other organizations. PAP is a charter member of The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) which has over 17,000 members nationwide. NFPA allows PAP and its members to be involved in the formation of policies affecting the paralegal profession and to stay informed of developments on a national scope.

Pittsburgh Paralegal Association
The Pittsburgh Paralegal Association is a voluntary, non-profit association formed in 1977 to promote the professional development and continuing education of paralegals. PPA has members from the greater Pittsburgh area and from all areas of law, including law firms, banks, corporations, hospitals and educational institutions.

Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association ("RMPA")
A non-profit organization, The Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association (“RMPA”) was established on October 2, 1973 as the Rocky Mountain Legal Assistants Association for the purpose of organizing and promoting the paralegal profession in the Rocky Mountain region. Representing and serving paralegals throughout Colorado, South Dakota, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, RMPA is an integral part of the legal communities in these states.

San Diego Legal Secretaries Association (SDLSA)
The San Diego Legal Secretaries Association (SDLSA) was formed on November 7, 1931, with 26 charter members. Virginia Caperton was our first president from that date through November 15, 1933. Louise Cord originated our Employment Committee and this was the very first year of our existence. SDLSA was among the first three associations to form a State Association in California, on December 8, 1934.

Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association
The Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association (formerly the Sacramento Association of Legal Assistants) was founded in 1978 as a professional and educational organization for paralegals, and was incorporated in 1981 under the California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation laws. The majority of members are paralegals, paralegal educators, students and other persons interested in the profession.

San Francisco Paralegal Association (SFPA)
The San Francisco Paralegal Association is a nonprofit organization representing paralegals as an independent, self-directed profession. We empower paralegals to enhance their professional development and to support the expansion of the delivery of legal services in an economic and effective manner.

Santa Barbara Paralegal Association
Santa Barbara Paralegal Association's mission is to encourage / enhance recognition of paralegals as professionals in our legal community

Sequoia Paralegal Association
To promote, encourage and expand the paralegal profession; To sponsor professional activities and offer continuing education for paralegals; To educate employers and consumers regarding the role of paralegals in the delivery of legal services; To maintain mutually beneficial working relationships with the local, state, and national bar associations; To participate in and support state and national paralegal organizations.

Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association (SMPA)
Membership in the Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association is open to paralegals, students in paralegal programs, attorneys, law firms, corporations and businesses promoting the paralegal profession, and educational institutions providing paralegal programs. SMPA welcomes new members. While our emphasis is on promoting paralegals in Tennessee, SMPA does not restrict membership by state of residence or employment and welcomes paralegals from other states who want to take advantage of our membership benefits.

South Florida Paralegal Association
South Florida Paralegal Association is a nonprofit organization representing paralegals in the South Florida tri-county area. AFPA is an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA) and an affiliate of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc (NFPA). We empower paralegals to enhance their professional competence and career development through programs and meetings that focus on the continuing education of its members.

Southeast Texas Association of Paralegals
The purpose of the Southeast Texas Association of Paralegals (SETAP) is to promote the professional objectives and goals of paralegals, to encourage, promote, and conduct programs of continuing legal education and professional development, and to promote high standards of integrity and professionalism for paralegals to better serve the legal community and general public.

Southwest Florida Paralegal Association
We established Southwest Florida Paralegal Association, Inc. (SWFPA) in 1997 to provide local paralegals with a network of legal resource information, educational information, and information on professional opportunities. Our primary goals are to uphold the ethical, professional, and personal standards set forth by NALA (the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.), to increase paralegal awareness by encouraging member participation in community activities, and to offer membership services at a reasonable rate.

St. Louis Association of Legal Assistants
The St. Louis Paralegal Association is a non-profit association formed to promote the advancement of the paralegal profession in the St. Louis area through encouragement of high ethical and professional standards and to provide access to information and education for paralegals, and other legal professionals.

Tampa Bay Paralegal Association
Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. ("TBPA") is a member association of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) which provides TBPA members automatic membership with NFPA. TBPA is also a member of the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations (FAPA) and all members of TBPA automatically become FAPA members. In addition, TBPA is an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA).

Tennessee Paralegal Association (TPA)
The Tennessee Paralegal Association (TPA) is a nonprofit, statewide, professional association with its membership comprised of persons who are employed as paralegals, students in recognized paralegal educational programs, and supporters of the paralegal profession.

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals
The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (PAP) was formed in 1973 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the paralegal profession. The membership is comprised of practicing paralegals, students, individuals, schools, law firms and other organizations. PAP is a charter member of The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) which has over 17,000 members nationwide. NFPA allows PAP and its members to be involved in the formation of policies affecting the paralegal profession and to stay informed of developments on a national scope.

Tucson Paralegal Association (TPA)
TPA is a professional association of paralegals whose primary goals include subscription to the Code of Professional Responsibility for Legal Assistants as set forth by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA). TPA aspires to provide continuing legal education and to support and carry out the programs, aims, and goals of NALA. The purposes of TPA include establishing good fellowship among members, NALA, and members of the legal community, encouraging a high order of ethical and professional attainment, furthering education among members of our profession, and Cooperation with the Pima County, Arizona, and American Bar Associations.

Washington State Paralegal Association (WSPA)
We are a voluntary, not-for-profit Association with a mission to inspire and empower our members toward professional excellence. We do this by our dedication to the enhancement of the paralegal profession, supporting and encouraging ongoing education in personal and professional development, and encouraging communication and networking with fellow paralegals and related organizations.

Western New York Paralegal Association
The Western New York Paralegal Association, Inc. (WNYPA) is a voluntary, nonprofit association formed in 1976 to promote the professional development and continuing legal education of paralegals in the Western New York area. Over our forty-year history, the Association has worked toward its additional goals of maintaining high ethical standards for paralegals, educating the Western New York legal and business communities in the effective utilization of paralegals, and promoting consumer awareness of the role of paralegals within the legal system.