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Agenda/Bylaw/Administrative Topics

The deadline to submit agenda topics, bylaw resolutions, and administrative topics is August 27, 2018.  

The Procedures are in Sections 22.7 and 22.8 of the NFPA Procedures Manual, or contact the Secretary and Director of Operations at secretary@paralegals.org for more information.  

If an association is submitting a “Discussion Topic” only and anticipate the “Discussion Topic” becoming a motion before the Delegate Assembly, please include a motion and proposed resolution for the Discussion Topic.  

Without a motion and proposed resolution, no action will be taken by the Delegate Assembly.

Convention Bids:  

We will be accepting bids for the 2022 Convention (which will be held in on the East Coast to the Midwest) on or before September 25, 2018.  

The Procedures are in Section 22.3 of the NFPA Procedures Manual, or contact the Secretary and Director of Operations at secretary@paralegals.org for more information.


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.

Click here for the 2018 WMPA membership form.
2018 WMPA Membership Application.pdf

(Fillable pdf)

Letter to ABA requesting revision to their definition of a Paralegal

At the 2016 NFPA Policy Meeting, an agenda topic was brought before the delegates to charge the Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues and the Vice President and Director of Marketing to develop a Marketing Plan for the Paralegal profession and NFPA’s definition and preferred term, “paralegal.” This Marketing Plan, which was approved by the Board at the 2017 Spring Board Meeting, was to include the development of a letter to the ABA.  That letter has now been transmitted to the ABA, and we have received a response indicating that the letter will be shared with the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals at the October 2018 meeting, after which, they will send a formal response.  We will keep NFPA members apprised of the results of that outreach. 



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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Non-NFPA Member Opening on Ethics Board

There is currently an opening on the Ethics Board for a non-NFPA member with expertise in legal ethics and/or cyber legal ethics.  This individual can be, but doesn’t necessarily have to be, a lawyer.  Please let Pamela Starr, Ethics Board Chair, and me know at ethics@paralegals.org if you know of anybody who would be willing to serve in that capacity.  Thanks!

WMPA News & Notes



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Job posting to the WMPA site

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Post your job opening with WMPA. Join WMPA to access job postings.      


Paralegal/Legal Assistant positions can be posted to the Members section of the WMPA website for a

period of 30 days free of charge. A job description should be sent to


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Updated on: 15 Jun 2018
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