Welcome to the SJPA Website!

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.

Congratulations to MEGAN McCONNELL the 2019 SJPA Scholarship winner. Megan is a paralegal student at Rowan College at Gloucester County College. Megan received her scholarship award at the May dinner meeting. SJPA will be offering another scholarship in 2020 - so stay tuned for the application form!

SJPA is planning it's 9th Annual PES (Paralegal Educational Symposium) on  Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Doubletree Suites, in Mount Laurel, NJ. A full slate of informative seminars is scheduled, on a variety of topics, for all levels of paralegals. Registration is now open - check out the PES2020 page for more information and to download the registration form. This year paying for PES is easy as 1-2-3: now you can use PayPal, VENMO, or check!

Speaking of becoming involved, SJPA could use an extra hand. Committees such as PES, CLE planning, 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! 

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



Please be advised that due to an increase in expenses, we must increase our fees, effective September 9, 2019, as follows:

Voting Membership$ 75.00
Associate Membership$ 65.00
Student Membership (no change)$45.00
Sustaining Membership$115.00
NJCP Application Fee$ 50.00
NJCP Renewal Fee$ 25.00
Dinner Meetings - members$40.00*
Dinner Meetings - non-members$45.00*
 *Effective 10/1/2019


Thursday, February 13, 2020 - SJPA Board Meeting 

Friday, March 6, 2020 - PES Registration form and further info is located on the "PES2020" page of the website

Thursday, March 12, 2020 -   SJPA Board Meeting

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Dinner Meeting - Carlucci's Waterfront 

Speaker: Kimberley Stewart, Esq.            Topic: Criminal Law                  Download registration form here

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 -       SJPA Board Meeting

Thursday, May 14, 2020 -      SJPA Board Meeting

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Elections of New Officers Dinner Meeting - Carlucci's Waterfront

Thursday, June 11, 2020 -      SJPA Board Meeting

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - Installation of New Officers Dinner Meeting - Tavistock Country Club

Swearing-in to be performed by the Honorable Mark P. Tarantino, J.S.C.

Please see our Sponsor page for a list of all our sponsors.