MPA President’s Message

Consider joining
the Missouri Bar Paralegal Committee!

In my last President’s Message, I challenged MPA membership to become more active in their communities by supporting the students at their local colleges and universities.
This message picks up where that message leaves off. I strongly believe that in addition to supporting our student-based membership, it is extremely important for MPA members to be active in professional associations – at the local, state and national levels. I believe strongly in the benefits you get from belonging to a professional association and all three levels should ultimately be serving the same agenda – promoting and growing the paralegal profession.
With that said, I want to briefly address volunteer opportunities within MPA. There are multiple committees that individuals can serve on including the following:

  • Budget/Finance Committee
  • Programs/Professional Development Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Ways and Means Committee
  • Professional Standards/Ethics Committee
  • Elections Committee
  • Public Relations Committees (which includes our website, newsletter and social media)
  • Disciplinary Committee

Several of these committees are chaired by individuals on the Board of Directors but service on any of the committees is open to anyone who is a member of MPA.
Committees are important to the expansion and success of any organization and MPA is no different. Therefore, I offer up a new challenge as the new board assumes their elected positions in July. Volunteer to serve on one of the aforementioned committees. Help MPA continue to grow and expand its presence in the paralegal profession. Become more active in your association by sharing your strengths or interests. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. MPA is your organization and your input is vital to its future success.

Karla Hardin

MPA President