History and Purpose
The Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association (WMPA) is a voluntary, nonprofit association formed in 1988 to promote the professional development and continuing education of paralegals in the Western Massachusetts area. WMPA has adopted the following goals:
Officers and Directors
The Bylaws of WMPA stipulate that the Association shall be directed by elected officers consisting of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Clerk. The Board of Directors shall be composed of the elected officers and the chairs of the standing committees and shall meet at least quarterly. The term of office for elected officers and chairs shall be two years.
WMPA is a voting member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), a national non-profit professional organization comprised of state and local paralegal associations. NFPA was founded in 1974 and currently represents thousands of paralegals. NFPA provides paralegal associations with information regarding issues affecting paralegals while at the same time presenting a unified voice for the profession on the national level. Every member of WMPA is a member of NFPA and receives NFPA's bi-monthly publication, The National Paralegal Reporter. $30.00 of each WMPA member's dues is sent to NFPA for membership in NFPA and subscription to their publication.
Any WMPA member can serve on any committee.
The Membership Committee promotes membership, handles all procedures associated with membership, handles replies to inquiries, membership applications, and publication of the Membership Directory and Brochure.
PUBLICITY AND PROGRAMMING
This Committee organizes and promotes all WMPA membership activities and continuing education programs. The Committee also prepares and processes the Annual Survey.
The Newsletter Committee drafts, edits and arranges for the printing of the newsletter and monitors local and national developments affecting paralegals.
BAR AND STUDENT LIAISONS
The Bar Liaison develops and maintains communications with the local Bar associations while the Student Liaison develops and maintains communications with the local colleges in the area to promote the paralegal profession and membership in WMPA.
OTHER MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS
WMPA members can also participate in a variety of other programs, including: