SJPA is a voluntary, non-profit organization composed of paralegals, students, vendors, and sponsors who study and/or work in a variety of areas in the legal field. SJPA members are dedicated to promoting the paralegal profession by networking, offering continuing legal education classes, mentoring students, and educating the public.
A bit of our history:
- In June 1985, the SJPA became the 33rd association member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations which represents paralegal associations throughout the world. SJPA also continues to play an active role in the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Paralegal Committee.
- In 2010, we began offering our members the opportunity to be credentialed through the New Jersey Certified Paralegal Program.
- In May 2013, SJPA celebrated its 30-year anniversary of incorporation and continues to grow and support the paralegal community.
SJPA will host its 8th Annual PES (Paralegal Educational Symposium) on March 29, 2019 at the Doubletree Suites, in Mount Laurel, NJ, a full slate of informative seminars offered a variety of topics for all levels of paralegals. See the PES page for all the seminar information and to download the registration form.
NOTEWORTHY Accomplishment: SJPA added 12 new members this past year and was recognized at the National Federation of Paralegal Associations ("NFPA") at their Annual Policy Meeting on Saturday, October 27, 2018. See a copy of our NFPA President's Challenge certificate in the sidebar to the right!
Speaking of becoming involved, SJPA could use an extra hand. Committees such as PES, Newsletter, NJCP, and Scholarship always need help – sometimes just for an hour or two a month; sometimes just for one dinner meeting. Additionally, we're always looking for paralegals willing to speak with students at the various local paralegal programs about SJPA and the paralegal profession. No professional speaking skills necessary!
Don't forget to take a look at our calendar for other upcoming events including CLE's, charity events, dinner meetings and board meetings.
We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event.
Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or want to become more involved - WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US!!
Christi L. Valerio-Rainey, NJCP
Senior Paralegal & SJPA President