NFPA® - National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.
Founded in 1974, NFPA was the first national paralegal association. Created as a non-profit federation, NFPA is an issues-driven, policy-oriented professional association directed by its membership. It is comprised of more than 50 member associations and represents over 9,000 individual members reflecting a broad range of experience, education and diversity.
NFPA prides itself on the professionalism of its members and routinely monitors legislation, case law, proposed changes to the rules of responsibility and ethics opinions that affect the paralegal profession. Since its inception, NFPA has assisted the profession in addressing many issues associated with the growth and expanded role of the paralegal, such as:
NFPA’s Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement delineates the ethical guidelines and standards for conduct to which all paralegals should aspire. This document has received wide acceptance throughout the legal community. NFPA does not support the unauthorized practice of law. Further, NFPA provides its members with information related to decisions and changes in ethics rules and regulations on an ongoing basis, and the NFPA Ethics Board regularly submits opinions on relevant topics.
NFPA endorses the implementation of paralegal regulation to establish standards for all paralegals on a state-by-state basis insofar as its implementation is consistent with NFPA’s mission statement and expands the utilization of paralegals to deliver cost-efficient legal services. NFPA will actively promote regulation of the paralegal profession generally by providing information as to NFPA’s preferred form of regulation of mandatory licensure and its preference of a four-year degree being the requirement for entry into the paralegal profession. NFPA will not initiate the introduction of any proposal to regulate paralegals in any jurisdiction, but may educate and inform others regarding the existence, size, strength of NFPA, its regulation policy, and its resources.
Strategic alliances are an essential element to the advancement of the paralegal profession and an integral part of NFPA’s strategic plan. Further, NFPA supports unity within the paralegal profession. To that end, NFPA maintains and promotes interaction with other paralegal associations and members of the legal community. Since 1986, NFPA has worked with the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) and others to develop a consensus on the issue of paralegal education and to discuss other issues affecting the paralegal profession. In addition, NFPA has a representative on the ABA Approval Commission which works with the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals (SCOP) to evaluate paralegal education programs.
NFPA – The Leader of the Paralegal Profession®
As a member of the Pittsburgh Paralegal Association, you are also a member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. The NFPA offer member benefits including: