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. Megan received her scholarship award at the May dinner meeting. Check the side panel for the 2020 Scholarship Application - named this year in honor of Lynne DeRemigio, one of SJPA's long time members and an original founder of the association.

SJPA held it's 9th Annual PES (Paralegal Educational Symposium) on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Doubletree Suites, in Mount Laurel, NJ.  It was a great day, full of informative seminars and terrific speakers. One of the most attended and most raved about seminars was a presentation by Harriet Stein, President of Big Toe In The Water, on Mindfulness for the Busy Paralegal. Everyone who attended came away with useful tips to help them manage their days - both work and personal!

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


 Click here to read the latest edition (May Special Edition 2020) of the SJPA Newsletter

This newsletter includes all the information about our upcoming elections for the 2020/2021 SJPA Officers - please take a moment to review!  If you would like to vote and are unable to attend the meeting a Proxy Ballot is in the newsletter for your use. Any additional questions regarding voting can be directed to dnaglee@gmail.com



Thursday, May 28, 2020           Election of New 2020/2021 Officers and CLE (Virtual Meeting)

Nominations are open for the following positions: President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, NFPA Primary & Secondary Representatives

To stand for nomination and hold an office you must be a voting member of SJPA in good standing.

If you have questions or need a Proxy Ballot please contact Deb Naglee (dnaglee@gmail.com)

Starting Time: 6:00 p.m.              Speaker: Michael Ferrara, Jr. Esq.        Topic: Consumer's Rights/Product Liability  (CLE credits will be issued)   

Program Sponsor: Advanced Depositions

Download Registration information here

Reminder, please register in advance with Carina Yturbe (cyturbe@dgrlegal.com) to receive the meeting link!

Thursday, June 11, 2020           SJPA Board Meeting (Virtual)

Thursday, June 18, 2020           Virtual Installation of New Officers beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Swearing-in by the Honorable Mark. P. Tarantino, J.S.C.                              Judge Tarantino will also speak on "Top 10 Attorney Stories from Real Cases"

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