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Welcome to the Missouri Paralegal Association!

 

As Missourians know, this is the Show-Me State indicating our devotion to common sense – an excellent trait for any paralegal. In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor estimated Missouri to have over 4,600 paralegals and legal assistants working in the state.

The profession is also considered to have a much faster-than-average employment growth with an expected twenty-eight percent (28%) increase in the next 10 years. Common sense would dictate that the Missouri Paralegal Association is beneficial for such a large, growing group of workers.

The Missouri Paralegal Association (MPA) is a professional organization established in 1987. We are an association committed to the preservation and continued growth of the paralegal profession and are an affiliate of The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).

The purpose of the Missouri Paralegal Association is to serve paralegals and to advance the paralegal profession by:

  • Developing and advancing the highest quality standards for education, ethical responsibility and professionalism;
  • Serving as a unified voice for Missouri paralegals;
  • Promoting the independence and self-direction of the paralegal profession;
  • Monitoring, supporting and participating in changes and developments in the paralegal profession on local, state, national and international levels;
  • Increasing the knowledge of the public, the judiciary, and the legal community regarding the paralegal profession; and
  • Advancing, fostering and promoting the paralegal profession.

As a paralegal belonging to the Missouri Paralegal Association, you have chosen to be a paralegal as your career, not just as a job.

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For more information on how to become a member, click on the “Join MPA” tab of this website.

MPA Annual Seminar

MPA hosts a seminar each year which offers extensive legal education and continuing legal education opportunities for our members.

Careers/Job Bank:

MPA members have access to current job openings that are specifically targeted to paralegal professionals in Missouri.

MPA Today:

Get involved! Involvement in MPA looks great on your resume and connects you to a strong network. Committee positions are available for budget, membership, programs, elections, public relations, etc. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Debbie Wells at dwells@co.buchanan.mo.us for more information.

Get your CLEs!

Check with your local bar association – many are offering CLEs now. SmartPros offers discounted CLE packages for members. Check the NFPA website for more information.

Selected photos © Rufus Harmon, 2015, used with permission.

 

It’s EASY to join the MPA eGroup …

Put yourself in contact with MPA members all across the state.

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As part of our ongoing effort to provide support and growth to the members and the MPA, we created an email list group where MPA members can come together to post about topics involving the legal community, questions you may have about how to better perform in your position, how changes in the legal community impact our careers, and in general, strengthen networking and collaborating for all MPA members across the state.

Join the MPA eGroup and you are instantly in touch with every MPA member – we currently have over 60 subscribed members. Members are welcome to post questions they have regarding their work, their careers, or the legal field, in general. It’s a great place to find the support you may need that you might not have.

If you want to join, email me with “subscribe MPA eGroup” in your subject line and I will add you to the eGroup, OR, if you are a current MPA member, you can join the MPA eGroup by clicking the “JOIN” button, below and follow directions.

 

 

Debbie Wells
Missouri Paralegal Association – Board Member
dwells@co.buchanan.mo.us