Benefits of a Local Paralegal Organization

A local paralegal organization may be as much of a resource for attorneys as for paralegals. These organizations may provide job banks, as well as information about the paralegal profession.

The following is a list of state and local paralegal associations, most of which are affiliated with either the National Assn of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA), or with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA). Contact information is listed where available.

ALABAMA

Alabama Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) President Linda Reid, Birmingham

Legal Assistant Society of Phillips Jr. College/Southern Inst. (NALA) Faculty Advisors: Douglas Ingram and Elizabeth B. Sullivan, Birmingham

Samford University Paralegal Association (NALA) Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dolores Grissom, Birmingham

ALASKA

Fairbanks Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) President: Carolyn Bollman, North Pole

Alaska Association of Legal Assistants (NFPA)

P.O. Box 101956

Anchorage, AK 99510-1956

ARIZONA

Arizona Association of Professional Paralegals, Inc. (NFPA)

P.O. Box 430 Phoenix, AZ 85001

Arizona Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Debra J. Frazee, Mesa

Legal Assistants of Metropolitan Phoenix (NALA)

President: Fawn K. Barnes, Phoenix

Tucson Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Shirley M. Welch, Tucson

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Sara L. Talbert, Cabot

CALIFORNIA

California Association of Independent Paralegals (NFPA)

39120 Argonaut Way, #114

Fremont, CA 94538

Legal Assistants Association of Santa Barbara (NALA)

President: Sonja B. Youngdahl, Santa Barbara

Orange County Paralegal Association, Newport Beach (NALA)

President: Linda McCown

Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County (NALA)

President: Karen C. Gale, San Jose

Paralegal Association of Southland California (NFPA)

P.O. Cox 50271

Pasadena, CA 91115

Sacramento Association of Legal Assistants (NFPA)

P.O. Box 453

Sacramento, CA 95812-0453

(916) 763-7851

San Diego Association of Legal Assistants (NFPA)

P.O. Box 87449

San Diego, CA 92138-7449

(619) 491-1994

San Francisco Association of Legal Assistants (NFPA)

P.O. Box 2110

San Francisco, CA 94126-2110

(415) 777-2390; (415) 333-9075

San Joaquin Association of Legal Assistants, Fresno (NALA)

President: Melinda McConnell

Ventura County Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: John S. Garrison, North Hills

COLORADO

Association of Legal Assistants of Colorado (NALA)

President: Brenda Allensworth Mientka, Colorado Springs

Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 1835

Aurora, CO 80001-1835

(303) 369-1606

CONNECTICUT

Central Connecticut Association of Legal Assistants (NFPA)

P.O. Box 230594

Hartford, CT 06123-0594

Connecticut Association of Paralegals, Inc. (NFPA)

P.O. Box 134

Bridgeport, CT 06601-0134

New Haven County Association of Paralegals, Inc. (NFPA)

P.O. Box 862

New Haven, CT 06504-0862

DELAWARE

Delaware Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 1362

Wilmington, DE 19899

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

National Capital Area Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 19124

Washington, D.C. 20036-9998

(202) 659-0243

FLORIDA

Central Florida Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Alix Popkin, Orlando

Dade Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Lori O. Allen, Bay Harbor Island

Florida Independent Paralegal Alliance (FIPA)

4866 Gandy Boulevard, West

Tampa, FL. 33611

(813) 931-7776 or (813) 835-1105

Fax: 931-7907 e-mail: APSTampa@aol.com

Florida Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA)

President: Karen S. McLead, Clearwater

Gainesville Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Nadine Smith, Gainesville

Jacksonville Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Teresa M. Bullock, Jacksonville

Paralegal Association of Florida (NFPA)

6265 West Sample Road, #297

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33067

Pensacola Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Catherine M. Kaiser, Pensacola

Tampa College-Brandon Student Association (NALA)

Faculty Advisors: Lance L. O'Bleness and Tom Parks, Tampa

Volusia Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Julie Anne Tilotson Pruett, Ormond Beach

GEORGIA

Georgia Association of Legal Assistants (NFPA)

P.O. Box 1802

Atlanta, GA 30301

(770) 433-5252

Georgia Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Elaine H. Hall, Alma

South Georgia Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Clarice M. Glass, Nashville, Ga.

Southeastern Association of Legal Assistants of Georgia (NALA)

President: Sherri A. Morgan, Pooler

HAWAII

Hawaii Association of Legal Assistants (NFPA)

P.O. Box 674

Honolulu, HI 96809

IDAHO

Gem State Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Jane A. Creviston, Hailey

ILLINOIS

Central Illinois Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Debra J. Monke, Bloomington

Heart of Illinois Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Janelle Crump, Peoria

Illinois Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 8089

Bartlett, Il 60103-8089

(708) 837-8088

INDIANA

Indiana Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Stephenie S. Veach, Evansville

Indiana Paralegal Association (NFPA)

Federal Station

P.O. Box 44518

Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 767-7798

Michiana Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 11458

South Bend, IN 46634

Northeast Indiana Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 13646

Fort Wayne, IN 46865

KANSAS

Kansas Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Connie S. Kennedy, Wichita

Kansas Legal Assistants Society (NFPA)

P.O. Box 1675

Topeka, KS 66601

KENTUCKY

Greater Lexington Paralegal Association, Inc., (NFPA)

P.O. Box 574

Lexington, KY 40586

Western Kentucky Paralegals (NALA)

President: Shelly Ragan, Murray

LOUISIANA

Louisiana State Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Karen Greer, Monroe

New Orleans Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 30604

New Orleans, LA 70190

(504) 467-3136

Northwest Louisiana Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Jan L. Melton, Shreveport

MAINE

Maine State Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Lawrence Yerxa, Kittery

MARYLAND

Maryland Association of Paralegals (NFPA)

P.O. Box 13244

Baltimore, MD 21203

(410) 576-2252

MASSACHUSETTS

Central Massachusetts Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 444

Worcester, MA 01614

Massachusetts Paralegal Association (NFPA)

5 Grant Street

Framingham, MA 01701-6708

(508) 879-4001

Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 30005

Springfield, MA 01103

MICHIGAN

Legal Assistants Association of Michigan (NALA)

President: Sharon A. Schafer, Dearborn

MINNESOTA

Minnesota Paralegal Association (NFPA)

8030 Old Cedar Ave. S, #225

Bloomington, MN 55425

(612) 853-0272

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Elizabeth S. Woods, Jackson

University of Southern Mississippi Society for Paralegal Studies (NALA)

President: Trisha Trigg, Hattiesburg

MISSOURI

Kansas City Association of Legal Assistants (NFPA)

P.O. Box 13223

Kansas City, MO 64199

(913) 381-4458

St. Louis Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Cheryl R. Haley, St. Louis

MONTANA

Montana Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: LaCinda R. Williams, Missoula

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Mary K. Bronson, Omaha

NEVADA

Clark County Organization of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA)

President: Dorothy C. Lappin, Las Vegas

Sierra Nevada Association of Paralegals (NALA)

President: Darlene Errington Stone, Reno

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Paralegal Association of New Hampshire (NALA)

President: Cheryl L. Meachen, Henniker

NEW JERSEY

Legal Assistants Association of New Jersey (NALA)

President: Manny Ferrao, Rahway

Prudential Insurance Company of America - Paralegal Council (NFPA)

751 Broad Street

ewark, NJ 07102

South Jersey Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 355

Hadonfield, NJ 08033

NEW MEXICO

Legal Assistants of New Mexico (NFPA)

P.O. Box 1113

Albuquerque, NM 87103-1113

Southwestern Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Louise M. Shippy Tuttle, Albuquerque

NEW YORK

Long Island Paralegal Association (NFPA)

1877 Bly Road

East Meadow, NY 11554-1158

New York City Paralegal Association, Inc. (NFPA)

P.O. Box 4484

Grand Central Station

New York, NY 10163-4484

(347) 586-9272

Paralegal Association of Rochester (NFPA)

P.O. Box 40567

Rochester, NY 14604

(716) 234-5923

Southern Tier Association of Paralegals (NFPA)

P.O. Box 2555

Binghamton, NY 13902

West/Rock Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 668

New City, NY 10956

Western New York Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 207, Niagara Square Station

Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 635-8250

NORTH CAROLINA

Coastal Carolina Paralegal Club (NALA)

Faculty Advisor: Col. Robert E. Switzer, Jacksonville

Metrolina Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Kelly C. Walker, Charlotte

North Carolina Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Sharon L. Wall, Raleigh

NORTH DAKOTA

Red River Valley Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Linda Brastrup Johnson, Moorhead, MN

Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Connie L. Sundby, Minot

OHIO

Cincinnati Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 1515

Cincinnati, OH 45201

(513) 244-1266

Cleveland Association of Paralegals (NFPA)

P.O. Box 5496

Cleveland, OH 44101

(216) 575-6090

Greater Dayton Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 515 Mid-City Station

Dayton, OH 45402

Northeastern Ohio Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 80068

Akron, OH 44308-0068

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio (NFPA)

P.O. Box 15182

Columbus, OH 43215-0182

(614) 224-9700

Toledo Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Denise Wright, Maumee

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Bonnie J. Hughes, Norman

Rogers State College Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

Faculty Advisor: Michelle K. Price, Claremore

Rose State Paralegal Association (NALA)

Faculty Advisor: Judy Shaw, Midwest City

TJC Student Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

Faculty Advisor: Judith Tucker, Tulsa

Tulsa Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Donna G. Wilson, Tulsa

OREGON

Oregon Legal Assistants Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 8523

Portland, OR 97207

(503) 796-1671

Pacific Northwest Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Dawnne L. Linenbrink, Eugene

PENNSYLVANIA

Central Pennsylvania Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 11814

Harrisburg, PA 17108

Chester County Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 295

West Chester, PA 19381-0295

Keystone Legal Assistant Association (NALA)

President: Kimberly J. Houser, Summerdale

Lycoming County Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 991

Williamsport, PA 17701

Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (NFPA)

2 Penn Center Plaza, Suite 200

Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 854-6352

Pittsburgh Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 2845

Pittsburgh, PA 15230

(412) 255-1070

York County Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 2584

York, PA 17405-2584

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 1003

Providence, RI 02901

SOUTH CAROLINA

Central Carolina Technical College Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Sheri Windham, Sumter

Columbia Legal Assistants Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 11634

Columbia, SC 29211-1634

Greenville Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Valeen S. Goodreau, Greenville

Paralegal Association of Beaufort County South Carolina (NALA)

President: W. Henry Thames, III, Beaufort

Paralegal Association of the Pee Dee, Inc. (NFPA)

P.O. Box 5592

Florence, SC 29502

Tri-County Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: V. Sheri Towne, Charleston

SOUTH DAKOTA

National College Student Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

Faculty Advisor: Robert J. Griggs, Rapid City

South Dakota Legal Assistants Association (NALA)

President: Michael M. Bultema, Aberdeen

TENNESSEE

Greater Memphis Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA)

President: Alisa M. Goehring, Memphis

Memphis Paralegal Association (NFPA)

P.O. Box 3646

Memphis, TN 38173-0646

Tennessee Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Caleeta L. Beagles, Trenton, Ga.

TEXAS

Capital Area Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Elizabeth Bruton, Austin

Dallas Association of Legal Assistants (NFPA)

P.O. Box 12533

Dallas, TX 75225

(214) 991-0853

El Paso Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Valerie S. Olivas, El Paso

Legal Assistant Association/Pennian Basin (NALA)

President: Vickie Pepper, Midland

Northeast Texas Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Jane M. Webb, Longview

Nueces County Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Lillie E. Bordelon, Corpus Christi

Southeast Texas Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Shannon T. Hyde, Beaumont

Texarkana Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Diane Plunkett, Texarkana

Texas Panhandle Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

resident: Rhonda Brashears, Amarillo

Tyler Area Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Carolyn S. Burton, Tyler

West Texas Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Judi Marie Simpson Beaver, Lubbock

Wichita County Student Association (NALA)

Faculty Advisor: Billie Ruth Goss, Wichita Falls

UTAH

Legal Assistants Association of Utah (NALA)

President: Kathy Scott-Thalmann, Salt Lake City

VERMONT

Vermont Paralegal Organization (NFPA)

P.O. Box 6238

Rutland, VT 05702

VIRGINIA

Peninsula Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA)

President: Victoria Quadros, Poquoson

Richmond Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Jane Nuttall, Richmond

Tidewater Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

President: Colleeen M. Hagy, Norfolk

WASHINGTON

Association of Paralegals and Legal Assistants of Washington St (NALA)

President: Sheila M. White, Spokane

Columbia Basin Paralegal Association (NALA)

President: Regina A. Stevens, Kennewick

 

Washington State Paralegal Association (NFPA)

5500 Olympic Drive

Suite 105, Box 269

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(206) 851-2557

WEST VIRGINIA

Legal Assistants of West Virginia, Inc. (NALA)

President: Andrea Rayfield, Huntington

WISCONSIN

Madison Area Legal Assistants Association (NALA)

President: Kristine Caldwell, Madison

Paralegal Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (NFPA)

P.O. Box 92882

Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 272-7168

WYOMING

Legal Assistants of Wyoming (NALA)

President: Julie Pate, Casper

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