Louisiana State Paralegal Association

Founder and Administrator of the LCP Certification

LSPA History
 

HISTORY OF LSPA

 

The Louisiana State Paralegal Association was formed in 1986 as the result of a group of paralegals from Baton Rouge, Monroe and Lake Charles meeting at a celebration for graduates of the Paralegal Studies Program at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Inasmuch as our profession was at that time growing on a statewide level, it was felt that there was a great need to organize people in our field. Soon after, regional committees began working to locate paralegals and legal assistant in the state and to identify common goals and objectives in the profession. The main objectives were found to relate to educational and professional advancement. LSPA has worked with these goals in mind throughout its existence.

 

The first annual meeting was held on September 20, 1986 with a group of charter members from twelve Louisiana cities in attendance. Since that time, membership has continued to grow. LSPA is a statewide association divided into eight districts with a representative from each district serving on the board of directors as a liaison for their area. LSPA holds an annual meeting, seminars and workshops in different cities within the state throughout each year.

 

The Rochelle Scholarship, awarded by LSPA each year to a worthy student enrolled in a paralegal education program in Louisiana, was created in memory of Carol Rochelle, a member of LSPA’s Formation Committee, who was killed in an automobile accident while returning to her home in Lake Charles from a formation committee meeting in Alexandria.

 

In 1992, LSPA became an affiliate of NALA, which is a national organization of paralegals from around the United States and its territories. NALA offers a national certification program for paralegals, the CP/CLA examination. Also in 1992, LSPA passed a resolution adopting a definition of “paralegal” which is reflective of the functions of paralegals and the realities of their work.

 

A very busy year, 1992 also saw the beginning of a Louisiana law-based state certification program for paralegals. Committees worked diligently to assess the educational validity of such an exam and to determine what subjects should be tested in the exam. Once those initial steps had been taken, committees of lawyers, judges and paralegals from around the state were formed and exam topics assigned to committees for the purpose of drafting test questions. Work on this project continued for four years, until 1996, when the first LCP® (Louisiana Certified Paralegal) was administered. It is now administered in two locations around the state twice a year, in the spring and fall.

 

In 2005, the Louisiana State Paralegal Association celebrated its 20th anniversary at its annual meeting in Monroe, Louisiana, at which “a good time was had by all.”  In 2010-2011, we held our LSPA 25th Anniversary Celebration with our 25th Annual Meeting in Alexandria, Louisiana, the home of many, many quarterly board meetings and several annual meetings.


 

Objectives and Purposes

 

  •                    Promote the paralegal profession
  •                    Encourage a high order of ethical and professional conduct
  •                    Establish and maintain working relations with state and local bar associations
  •                    Provide educational opportunities for paralegals
  •                    Promote the exchange of information regarding duties, functions and responsibilities related to paralegals
  •                    Establish standards and guidelines for service in the paralegal profession

 


 
LSPA’s Formation Committee 


The Louisiana State Paralegal Association acknowledges and thanks the formation committee, its first officers, and all of its past presidents for their hard work and dedication to the paralegal profession in Louisiana and to LSPA.

 

Linda Carpenter, Baton Rouge, LA - Coordinator

Carol Rochelle, Lake Charles, LA

Robin Anderson, Lake Charles, LA

Josie Guidry, Lafayette, LA

Mary Tessier, Baton Rouge, LA

Jimmie Murvin, Baton Rouge, LA


 

LSPA’s First Officers

 

Jimmie W. Murvin, President

Wanda V. Courmier, President-Elect

Lori Robinson, Vice-President

Celia Bailey, Secretary

Robin Anderson, Treasurer

Josie Guidry, District II Director

Linda Carpenter, District IV Director

Shirley Long, District V Director

Jesslyn L. Landers, District VI Director


 

PAST PRESIDENTS

 

 

1986-1987

Jimmie W. Murvin, CLA

 

2000-2001

Jan L. Melton, CLA, LCP

 

1987-1988

Wanda Cormier

 

2001-2003

Jimmie W. Murvin, CLAS, LCP

 

1988-1989

Jesslyn Landers, CLA

 

2003-2004

Angelle LaGrange-Hebert

 

1989-1990

Robin Anderson, (CLA), Esq.

 

2004-2005

Bessie C. Booth

 

1990-1991

Susan Johnson

 

2005-2006

Rebecca Bentin Maum

 

1991-1992

Libby Fenstermaker

 

2006-2007

Amy Crawford

 

1992-1993

Karen McKnight, CLA

 

2007-2008

Traci Hebert

 

1993-1994

Sandra A. Smith, CLAS

 

2008-2009

Rebecca Bentin Maum

 

1994-1995

Mary Ann Greco

 

2009-2010

Jimmie W. Murvin, ACP, LCP

 

1995-1996

Karen Greer McGee, CLAS

 

2010-2011

Rhonda McManus

 

1996-1997

Lupe L. Acosta

 

2011-2013

Jessie Cormier, CP, LCP

 

1997-1998

Angella B. Rayon, CLA

 

2013-2015

Sandy M. Pourciaux, ACP

 

1998-1999

Tanya M. Herring, CLA, LCP

 

2015-2016

Deborah P. Fontenot, ACP, LCP

 

1999-2000

Gail P. Seale, CLA, LCP

 

 


 

OUTSTANDING PARALEGALS OF THE YEAR

 

1989

        Jimmie W. Murvin, CLA     

2005

Heather D. Wyatt

                                                        

1990

Susan Johnson

 

2006

Traci Hebert

1991

Karen L. McKnight, CLA

2007

Shondra L. Broussard, CP, LCP

1992

Libby Fenstermaker

2008

Rebecca Bentin Maum

1993

Jessie Cormier, CLA

 

2011

Sonjanita Jordan

1994

Sandra A. Smith, CLA

2012

Deborah P. Fontenot, CP, LCP

                             1995

Lupe L. Acosta

2013

Sandy M. Pourciaux, ACP

1996

Karen Greer McGee, CLA

2014

Debbie Billiot

1997

Gail P. Seale, CLA

2015

Renee Grissom

1998

Denise R. Prather

1999

Angelle Lagrange-Hebert

2000

Jan L. Melton, CLA, LCP

2002

Bridget John

2003

Terri L. Russo, CLA, LCP

2004

Amy Crawford

         

 

LSPA’s CHARTER MEMBERS

 

LSPA could not have been formed if not for the following charter members who attended the first annual meeting and who literally lined up at the door to pay their dues to become “instant” LSPA members. These members adopted LSPA’s first By-Laws and elected its first officers at this meeting, established LSPA’s objectives and purposes, and dreamed that our Association could be what it is today.


            Robin Anderson

            Ellen Artopoeus

            Allison Avery

            Celia Bailey

            Nelle A. Barlow

            Marian N. Belanger

            Janet J. Bergeron

            Kay Blount

            Meredith H. Bono

            Joyce W. Boresaw

            Jackie M. Bowman

            Sharon Bowman

            Kate Broderick

            Karin Broussard

            Dorothy Cabe-Maurey

            Linda Carpenter

            Evelyn L. Casell

            Karen L. Couch

            Wanda V. Courmier

            Bessie S. Cummings

            Linda M. Dearing

            Constance DeRise

            Sharon T. Driver

            Burnadine Drummond

            Steven M. Drury

            Jeffrey Dugar

            Cathy Filhiol

            Tammy Garbarino

            Mary Ann Greco

            Josie Guidry

            Linda K. Hall

            Arlene K. Hebert

            Shana E. Hebert

            Peggy Hitchcock

            Donald Jean Jackson

            Jesslyn L. Landers


Lisa Latham

Jayne E. Lavergne

Richard Liberman

Shirley Long

Patricia G Loup

Cinde M. Lowery

Patsy L. Magnon

Cheryl C. Mahaffey

Lisa McClelland

Marguerite McDaniel

Nancy Cagle McGinty

Glynda R. Mehl

Robbin C. Monahan

Donna M. Monnier

Jimmie W. Murvin

Rose M. Perrodin

Kathryn Pilkerton

Yvonne M. Rachon

Linda S. Reynaud

Linda H. Richard

Lori Robinson

Paula Marcy Saia

Lisa B. Smart

Brenda L. Smith

Giny L. Smith

Helena S. Stowe

Dorothy L. Sullivan

Alison Q. Touchstone

Debbie Venable

Jodie P. Viguerie

Mona Ward

Theresa Wilkins

Gloria V. Williams

Timothy M. Williams

Francis G. Wynn

Phyllis Zaleski