Louisiana State Paralegal Association

Founder and Administrator of the LCP Certification

LSPA MEMBERSHIP


 
IT IS TIME TO RENEW YOUR LSPA MEMBERSHIP!!

Louisiana paralegals, join LSPA now in order to take advantage of our many membership benefits, including member discounts for continuing legal education seminars.  Our membership year is from May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019.



 

LSPA MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVES

         As you know, your LSPA Board has extended all memberships and waived payment of renewal membership dues from October 1, 2017 until April 30, 2018.  We sincerely hope you have enjoyed the past seven months of free membership in the Louisiana State Paralegal Association!!

 

                          New LSPA Membership Term:   May 1, 2018  to  April 30, 2019

 

 ¨ New first-time applicants for LSPA voting membership, who meet LSPA’s qualifications, shall be eligible to receive a 30% discount for their first-year LSPA voting membership dues, upon proof of a current voting membership in a local Louisiana paralegal association.

¨ New first-time LSPA voting members will receive a “25% off coupon” applicable to one LSPA CLE Seminar held between the effective date of their new membership and April 30, 2019! 

 ¨ All paralegal student applicants who qualify for the Rochelle Scholarship, will be eligible for free student membership in LSPA for the remainder of the then current membership year, upon verification of compliance from the LSPA Scholarship Chair.

  ¨ In recognition of earning the CP or LCP certification, new applicants or renewing members, who (within the first 12 months of certification) provide evidence of the certification date and a completed LSPA membership application, shall be eligible for waiver of a one-term payment of LSPA voting membership dues, effective during the then current, or immediately following full term.

  ¨Any current active voting member (having renewed for the past 2 years), who renews his/her membership for the next term, before the LSPA mid-year (Fall) seminar fee deadline, will receive a 20% off coupon applicable to one LSPA CLE Seminar, effective from the receipt of advanced-payment of dues, until April 30, 2019.

 ¨Every year LSPA awards $50.00 to the voting member who recruits the most “new” first-time members during each LSPA membership term!  This year’s winner will be recognized and presented with a $50.00 check at the LSPA Social, to be held in March or April 2019. 

(Remember, your name must be included on the new member's application form, space provided.)

 

            So, with these member incentives, what are we waiting for?!  Let’s get busy!  Just pick up the phone… type an email…contact your paralegal friends… have lunch, invite them to join LSPA, ask them to place your name on their application form(!); make plans to meet your paralegal friends and your LSPA Board at upcoming events, such as the LSPA Thursday evening social and (earn cle hours at) the all-day Friday Fall CLE Seminar in September 2018 (details coming soon); or maybe you’ve been considering paralegal certification to move forward in your paralegal career – click on the Certification tab and contact our LSPA NALA Liaison for more info, then make plans to attend the LSPA LCP Study Course (details coming soon), and form a CP or LCP Study Group with paralegal friends in your area; click on the Rochelle Scholarships tab to learn more about how to apply for the LSPA scholarship for paralegal students; and, oh yes, there’s the JMCS tab about even more scholarships for LSPA members..., and be sure to check out the members-only area for

            … The possibilities for LSPA Paralegals are endless….. 

                                                                                    ~ Rhonda McManus, 1st VP, Membership Chair


 

LSPA NEEDS YOU!

The Louisiana State Paralegal Association (LSPA) is currently seeking members to assist in a pilot Mentorship Program.  The goal of this new program is to provide members with career development opportunities; assistance in improving and effectively managing skills in the workplace; and advancing the paralegal profession through networking.   LSPA members who have questions and/or who are interested in being a part of this groundbreaking program please email your questions or completed application (available below) to LaStateParalegalAssn@yahoo.com

New members are eligible and encouraged to work with us on this program.


MENTOR APPLICATION


 
 

Louisiana State Paralegal Association, Inc.

 BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN LSPA

Promotion of the paralegal profession, paralegal education, and ethical conduct for paralegals in the State of Louisiana and specifically in cooperation with local and state bar associations

 

Networking opportunities with other paralegals throughout the State of Louisiana.

 

Free subscription to LSPA's quarterly newsletter, The Advocate, which is prepared especially for Louisiana paralegals, contains information on CLE, organization activities, professional achievements, local paralegal association activities, and features regular articles and columns of special interest to paralegals.        

 

Two annual statewide continuing education opportunities which are specific to paralegal education interests and needs, plus a yearly LCP Review Course which also serves as CLE and the preparation for paralegals desiring to take the LCP examination, all of which offer reduced tuition benefits to LSPA members.

 

Affiliation with the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.

 

Acknowledging and rewarding paralegal excellence through various awards such as LSPA's Outstanding Paralegal of the Year Award, the Meritorious Service Award, and Service Achievement Award.

 

Take advantage of a statewide Job Bank available and accessible to LSPA members only.

 

A Lobbying Committee which actively and continuously monitors legislation and jurisprudence that could in any way affect the paralegal profession in Louisiana and which stands ready to lobby for paralegal interests in our state.

 

Website which provides LSPA's history, mission statement, membership applications, news, activities, LCP examination schedules, seminar schedules, and legal links.

 

Administration of the LCP (Louisiana Certified Paralegal) examination, which provides an opportunity for Louisiana paralegals to demonstrate their high level of knowledge of Louisiana law (connected to NALA's CLA examination)


The Jimmie Murvin Certification Scholarship available ONLY to LSPA members.  See the JMCS page on the website.


The Rochelle Scholarship for paralegal students.  See the Rochelle Scholarship page on this website.

 

For further information on joining LSPA, please contact LSPA First Vice President, Rhonda McManus


 
LSPA MEMBERSHIP CLASSES

            The Association has four classes of members. The designations, qualifications and rights of each class are as follows:

 
            A.         Voting Member - Any individual who meets at least one of the following requirements may become a voting member.
                         1.         Any individual who has graduated from an ABA approved program of study for paralegals/legal assistants.
                         2.         Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for paralegals/legal assistants which is institutionally accredited but not ABA approved, and which requires not less than the equivalent of 60 semester hours of classroom study.
                         3.         Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for paralegals/legal assistants other than those set forth in (1) and (2) above, and who also has at least one year of experience as a paralegal under the supervision of a licensed attorney who attests such person is qualified as a paralegal.
                         4.         Any individual who has attained a Bachelor's Degree in any field and has at least one year of experience as a paralegal under the supervision of a licensed attorney who attests such person is qualified as a paralegal.
                         5.         Any individual who has at least three years of experience as a paralegal under the supervision of a licensed attorney who attests such person is qualified as a paralegal.
                         6.         Any individual who has attained the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) or Certified Paralegal (CP) designation bestowed by the National Association of Legal Assistants or who has attained the Louisiana Certified Paralegal (LCP) designation bestowed by the Louisiana State Paralegal Association.
             A voting member shall be entitled to one vote on all matters which require the vote of the members of the Association and shall have the right to make motions and hold office subject to the further requirements set forth under Article VII, Section 1 of the LSPA By-laws.

             B.         Associate/Student Member - Any individual who meets at least one of the following requirements may become an associate/student member.
                         1.         Any individual who is a student in good standing in any approved university, college, junior college or other approved school for pursuing a course of study as a paralegal, provided that all such schools and curricula shall be subject to the approval of this Association.
                         2.         Any working paralegal who does not meet the qualifications for voting membership.
             Associate/student members shall not be entitled to vote on matters which require the vote of the members of the Association and shall not have the right to make motions or hold office.

 
            C.        Sustaining Member - The following may become sustaining members.
                         1.         Any individual, corporation, partnership, organization or other entity interested in supporting the Association.
                         2.         Those members of bar associations endorsing the paralegal concept or involved in the advancement of the paralegal profession.
             Sustaining members shall not be entitled to vote on matters which require the vote of the members of the Association and shall not have the right to make motions or hold office.

 
            D.        Honorary Member - Membership is open to any individual who endorses the paralegal concept or is actively involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession. Approval for membership is subject to a majority vote of the general membership.
             Honorary members shall not be entitled to vote on matters which require the vote of the members of the Association and shall not have the right to make motions or hold office.