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MCLE 20TH ANNUAL PARALEGAL CONFERENCE

 Tuesday, June 19, 2018

 WMPA is once again sponsoring the MCLE Annual Paralegal Conference to be held on Tuesday, June 19th at the MCLE in Boston.  Participants may also attend by live webcast.  Topics include:

 Legal Research - Case Law and Code Online and in Books

  • Cyber Security - Hear from an FBI Special Agent

  • Career Planning - Using Social Media for Your Own Good

  • Unauthorized Practice of Law - Ethical Traps and How to Avoid Them

  • Rule Changes in State and Federal Courts

  • Current Status of Immigration Law

  • New Landlord / Tenant Issues

To register, go to http://www.mcle.org; or use the MCLE 2018 Paralegal Conference Brochure.pdf

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.

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

(Fillable pdf)




In connection with the MCLE Paralegal conference

GOVERNOR BAKER HAS INDICATED THAT HE WILL PROCLAIM

JUNE 19th AS MASSACHUSETTS PARALEGAL DAY! 

Thank you all for your hard work - you deserve to be honored.

 WMPA SUMMER SOCIAL AND CELEBRATION

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Come join your fellow paralegals to celebrate Massachusetts Paralegal Day at the WMPA Summer Social on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 5:15 to 7:00 at Uno Pizzeria & Grill in Springfield.  Friends and co-workers are also welcome.

WMPA Summer Social Flyer.pdf



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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ARE YOU A PARALEGAL STUDENT IN NEED OF A SCHOLARSHIP?
 
DO YOU KNOW A DESERVING LEADER IN THE PARALEGAL FIELD?
 
CHECK OUT NFPA'S AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AND NOMINATE A DESERVING INDIVIDUAL
 
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NFPA AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
 
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS IN JULY 1ST
For more information go to NFPA's website at
www.paralegals.org under Events
 

William R. Robie Leadership Award - This award recognizes an NFPA member in honor of the Honorable William R. Robie and his dedication to the paralegal profession, the expansion of the delivery of legal services and equal access to justice for all Americans. 

Outstanding Local Leader Award - This award recognizes an individual NFPA member for outstanding local leadership contributions to his or her local association                      
 
Paralegal of the Year Award - This award recognizes an individual NFPA member whose on-the-job achievements have contributed to expansion of the paralegal profession, including contributions to his or her employer, colleagues and the paralegal profession in general.                                                               
 
Association Pro Bono Award - This award recognizes an NFPA member association that has exhibited outstanding dedication and service in the area of pro bono services.
 
Individual Pro Bono Award - This award recognizes an individual paralegal who has exhibited extraordinary dedication to the delivery of quality legal services to a portion of the population that cannot afford to pay for legal services.
 
Justice Champion Award - This award recognizes a practicing paralegal whose conduct, actions and activities demonstrate extraordinary dedication to diversity and inclusion as defined in NFPA's Position State on Diversity (which can be found on NFPA's website).
 
Certification Ambassador Award - This award recognizes outstanding achievement in promoting the PACE and PCCE programs.
 
PACE and PCCE Scholarships - Sponsored by the Paralegal Education Group, these scholarships cover the costs of a review manual, a PEG online review course and the exam fee for either the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE) or the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam® (PACE). 
 
NFPA/Thomson Reuters Scholarships - These scholarships are awarded to paralegal students and must be used to pursue a paralegal education. This year, two scholarships are available: a first-place scholarship, worth $3,000, and a second-place scholarship, worth $2,000. 
   

 

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Job posting to the WMPA site

        Are you looking for a paralegal? Are you looking for a paralegal position?

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

 webmaster@wmassparalegal.org.

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