The Arizona Paralegal Association (APA) began in 1977. It’s a nonprofit professional corporation for legal assistants and it became an affiliate association of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA) in 1988.
Members of APA consist of...
The APA website, www.azparalegal.org, offers more information to those who wish to join.
APA’s purpose is to
elevate the high professional standards and ethics of the legal profession;
provide and promote continuing legal education to legal assistants;
maintain open communications among APA, its members and representatives of
local and state bar associations; and
further the interests of legal assistants by gathering, receiving, studying and disseminating information concerning the paralegal profession.
Within the state of Arizona you'll find the following local paralegal associations...
Legal Assistants of Metropolitan Phoenix (LAMP)
LAMP represents paralegals employed for more than six months, graduates or students of legal assistant training programs, and attorneys.
LAMP cooperates with local, state, and national bar associations to set standards and guidelines for legal assistants. Promoting the profession and broadening public understanding of the legal assistant role is one of its goals.
It also, offers paralegal continuing education nationwide and statewide as well as professional certification to members and non-members who meet certain criteria.
LAMP’s primary purpose is to provide high quality paralegal continuing legal education at minimal cost to its members, students, and others in the legal community.
LAMP is affiliated with NALA. Their website can be found at http://www.geocities.com/azlamp/ providing further details about membership and benefits.
You also have the ...
Tucson Paralegal Association (TPA) which is also affiliated with NALA.
TPA is a professional association of paralegals whose primary goals include subscription to the Code of Professional Responsibility for Legal Assistants as set forth by the NALA.
TPA aspires to provide continuing legal education and supports the programs, aims, and goals of NALA.
The purposes of TPA include:
Check out their website at http://www.tucsonparalegals.org/ for more information.
Lastly the Maricopa County Bar Association - Paralegal Division (MCBA) is the largest voluntary bar association in Arizona. Through its continuing legal education programs, social events, and charitable activities, MCBA provides a venue for professional growth, networking and public service to the county’s diverse legal community.
MCBA is one of the most active units within the MCBA and you can find out more at their http://www.maricopabar.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=12.
The Arizona Paralegal Association is a great place to start your research about the paralegal profession. For residents of Arizona or other people considering moving to this state, the APA can be a good springboard for networking as well as continuing education and employment opportunities.