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May 13, 2021

NFPA's Annual Joint Conference will be held virtually on June 11-13, 2021. Please click here to learn more or to register.

April 21, 2021

Court notices have been posted. Please visit our Court News section to view.

April 20, 2021

Applications for NFPA's annual awards and scholarships are now being accepted until July 1, 2021. More information can be found on our NFPA News section.

March 2, 2021

A court notice has been posted. Please visit our Court News section to view.

February 25, 2021

A new job posting has been added to Job Openings section.

February 24, 2021

Court notices have been posted. Please visit our Court News section to view.

Upcoming Events

There are no events scheduled due to the coronavirus but we hope to get back to programs in the fall.  Stay tuned !

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WELCOME

Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association Inc. ("WMPA") is a voluntary, nonprofit association that formed in 1988 to promote the professional development and continuing education of paralegals in the Western Massachusetts area.

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What is a Paralegal?

As defined by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), a Paralegal is a person, qualified through education, training or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work. Substantive shall mean work requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis, and communication of relevant facts and legal concepts.


WHY JOIN A PROFESSIONAL
ASSOCIATION?

If you are interested in furthering your career, joining a professional association is a good start. There are associations for nearly every profession or area of interest and many have national, state and regional chapters available to join. An association is a synergistic group, meaning that the effect of a collection of people is greater than just one person. So, how exactly can becoming part of this synergistic group help further your career goals? Here are some benefits of joining an association.

Enhance your network:

For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals. Associations sponsor numerous events throughout the year that allow you to connect with your peers. You can share ideas, ask for advice, volunteer to be a speaker or become a member of a committee. Since most associations have national or local conferences, you can participate and have the opportunity to learn about breaking news in your career, learn "best practices" or new ideas, hear about key achievers in your field and also meet and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information. Another benefit of enhancing your network is that you may find a mentor to help you with your professional needs or you may be in a position to become a mentor to someone else. Giving back can be the greatest reward and benefit. Participating in forums, chat groups or discussion boards sponsored by the association is also a great way to grow your network. This allows you to use your peers as sounding boards and often make some great friends with the same interests as you.

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ABA DECISION REGARDING DEFINITION OF PARALEGALS 

The Committee to Market the Paralegal Profession is extremely excited to report that the ABA House of Delegates voted to adopt a change to the definition of paralegal.  After 23 years, the term paralegal shall no longer be synonymous with the phrase legal assistant according to the ABA.  This vote is the culmination of the Committee to Market the Paralegal Profession’s efforts to educate the legal community as directed by the delegates in 2016.  Through the Committee’s communications with the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals, we were able to convince the ABA that a paralegal is a different entity than a legal assistant or legal secretary and they should not be defined synonymously.  This was the Committee’s first objective in the overall goal to educate the legal community and the public about paralegals.  With this success, the Committee will be meeting soon to plan our next step in this process.  If anyone is interested in assisting the Committee with this project, please contact Lori Boris, RP, McCP, VP and Director of Positions and Issues or Ron Badua, VP and Director of Marketing.


 

 


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NFPA’s 2021 Joint Conference will be held virtually on June 11th through the 13th. For more information or to register please click here.



 



 


 






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