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.

SJPA hosted the 8th Annual PES (Paralegal Educational Symposium) on March 29, 2019 at the Doubletree Suites, in Mount Laurel, NJ. A full slate of informative seminars was offered on a variety of topics for all levels of paralegals. Check back here shortly for a recap from PES Chair Deb Ferguson, NJCP.

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! 

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


2019 SJPA Scholarship Winner

MEGAN MCCONNELL a paralegal student at Rowan College at Gloucester County

Megan received her scholarship award at the May 21st dinner meeting.

Congratulations Megan!


 Click here to read the Newsletter


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

LOCATION:  Tavistock Country Club, 100 Tavistock Lane, Tavistock, NJ 08033

TIME: 5:30 pm Registration, Dinner Meeting begins PROMPTLY at 6:00 pm

COST: $30.00 members/$35.00 non-members   ($5.00 additional for walk-ins)

Guest Speaker: The Honorable James Morley

Topic: Criminal Law & Domestic Violence

Note: CLE certificates will be available for those who hold an NJCP or RP status

Dinner sponsor: Advanced Depositions

Download the registration form here


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Upcoming dinner meeting schedule:

Thursday, September 29, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Elections of New Officers

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - Installation of New Officers 

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