Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Key National Paralegal Association Links


by Bill Statsky

There are four major national paralegal associations in the country:

National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
NALS the Association of Legal Professionals (NALS)
American Alliance of Paralegals (AAPI)

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ASSISTANTS (NALA)

Home Page: www.nala.org/
Phone: 918-587-6828
Membership by State: www.nala.org/Aff_Roster.aspx
Defining a Paralegal/Legal Assistant: www.nala.org/terms.aspx
Certification Awarded: Certified Legal Assistant (CLA); Certified Paralegal (CP); Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP)
Certification Requirements: (www.nala.org/cert.htm), (www.nala.org/apcweb/index.html)
Newsletter: Facts and Findings (www.nala.org/Facts_Findings.htm)
Continuing Legal Education: www.nalacampus.com/

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARALEGAL ASSOCIATIONS (NFPA)

Phone: 425-967-0045
Certification Awarded: PACE Registered Paralegal (RP)
Certification Requirements: http://www.paralegals.org/ (click "PACE/RP")
Ethics Code: www.paralegals.org/ (click "Positions & Issues")
Newsletter: National Paralegal Reporter (www.paralegals.org/)
Continuing Legal Education: http://www.paralegals.org/ (click "CLE")
Career Center: www.paralegals.org/
Affiliated Associations: www.paralegals.org/ (click "About NFPA" then "Local Member Associations")

NALS THE ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL PROFESSIONALS (NALS)

Home Page: www.nals.org/
Phone: 918-582-5188
Defining a Paralegal: www.nals.org/aboutnals/index.html
Certification Awarded: Professional Paralegal (PP)
Certification Requirements: www.nals.org/certification
Ethics Code: www.nals.org/aboutnals/Code
Newsletter: @Law (www.nals.org/newsletters/index.html)
Continuing Legal Education: www.nals.org/education/index.html
Career Center: www.nals.org/careercenter/index.html
Affiliated Associations: www.nals.org/membership/states/index.html

AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF PARALEGALS (AAPI)

Home Page: http://www.aapipara.org/
E-mail: info@aapipara.org
Membership Criteria: www.aapipara.org/Membership.htm
Membership by State: www.aapipara.org/states.htm
Defining a Paralegal: www.aapipara.org/Positionstatements.htm
Certification Awarded: American Alliance Certified Paralegal (AACP)
Certification Requirements: www.aapipara.org/Certification.htm
Ethics Code: www.aapipara.org/Ethicalstandards.htm
Newsletter: Alliance Echo (www.aapipara.org/Newsletter.htm)
Job Bank: www.aapipara.org/Jobbank.htm
Continuing Legal Education: www.aapipara.org/

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Attorney, author, and professor, William "Bill" Statsky is well known for his prolific writing for paralegals and lawyers. Professor Statsky's seminal textbooks include Introduction to Paralegalism: Perspectives, Problems, and Skills (7th ed., Cengage Learning/Delmar, 2010), Essentials of Paralegalism (5th ed., Cengage Learning/Delmar, 2010), and Legal Research and Writing (5th ed., Cengage Learning/Delmar, 1999), and they have been used in paralegal schools, colleges, and universities for many years.


When Bill sent me his professional headshot, he said he much prefers this wonderful photograph of himself with his four gorgeous grandchildren.




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