Joining the WMPA
The annual dues in the Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association starting January 2015 are:
- $65 for a voting member;
- $65 for a non-voting associate member;
- $35 for a non-voting student member;
- $150 for a non-voting sustaining member.
Benefits and Services
In return for membership dues, all members receive the following from WMPA:
- A subscription to PARADOCS, the WMPA newsletter;
- A subscription to the National Paralegal Reporter. The Reporter is a bi-monthly magazine mailed to each member;
- Educational programs and seminars;
- Professional recognition;
- WMPA's Membership Directory containing all members, their areas of law, and how to contact each member;
- Access to special features on the WMPA Web site;
- Professional and personal benefits - NFPA members have access to membership with Members America Credit union, and discounts on professional publications, selected hotels, air express delivery services, car rentals, eye wear, prescriptions, dental and other professional services;
- Annual dinner meeting, featuring guest speakers, and round table discussions about the profession. Members are welcome to bring guests. An annual meeting is held in April to elect officers and to discuss any other business matters which may come before the meeting.
WMPA is a member of the National Federal of Paralegal Associations ("NFPA"), a nationwide organization of paralegal associations. NFPA membership provides paralegal associations with a means of communicating effectively on issues of national importance regarding the paralegal profession. NATIONAL PARALEGAL REPORTER
is mailed to all current WMPA members.
NFPA Web Site: www.paralegals.org
The following information is taken from WMPA's By-Laws:
The Association shall offer and the membership shall be comprised and defined under the following classifications.
- Voting membership: Anyone is eligible to become a Voting member of the Association, with full voting rights and privileges, provided that he or she is employed as a paralegal at the time of application or renewal. A Voting member shall be entitled to one vote in the affairs of the Association and have the privilege of holding office in the Association.
- Associate membership: This class shall be open to any person who has been employed as a paralegal or has graduated from a paralegal program and is not employed at the time of application or renewal. Associate members shall have all privileges associated with membership, except the right to vote and hold office.
- Student membership: Student membership shall be open to any person, not employed as a paralegal, but enrolled in a paralegal educational or training program or serving a paralegal internship related to such a program at the time of application or renewal. A Student membership shall have all privileges associated with membership, except the right to vote and hold office.
- Sustaining membership: Sustaining membership shall be open to all individuals, corporations, or other entity concerned with the betterment, mutual association and communication of the paralegal profession. A Sustaining membership shall have all the privileges associated with membership, except the right to vote and hold office.
A paralegal is defined as 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.