BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Job Bank

MTPA is an exceptional resource for available positions in the mid-State area.  Our Job Bank Director is in direct contact with area firms, attorneys and businesses who look to our association for educated, professional, well-rounded individuals to fill those positions.  The Nashville legal community is no different that other cities in that it is very much about who you know.  MTPA receives job postings from attorneys, law firms, businesses and recruiters.  Many of whom have contacted us first before advertising the position which is an incredible advantage to MTPA members!

MTPA JOB BANK (Members Only)

 

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Networking

Networking is key in the Nashville legal community, and our members know it.  Due to the fact that the paralegal profession is not currently regulated, paralegal roles, salaries and benefits can differ greatly in this region alone, depending on practice area, education, experience and employer.  MTPA provides its members with ample opportunity to interact with one another and better communicate in order to find some sort of common ground upon which we can stand.   In addition to the legal community in the immediate area, MTPA's connection to NFPA  provides for a much broader view of the profession at both a regional and national level.

New to town?  MTPA is a great way to fast-track into the legal community as described herein, and learn more about what area firms and employers have to offer!

Upcoming Programs and Events

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Professionalism and Ethics

The paralegal profession has faced issues regarding professionalism and ethics. Accordingly, in September 1997, NFPA's members merged elements of two previously adopted documents, the Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Model Disciplinary Rules. The merged document, Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement (Model Code and Guidelines), shows the commitment of NFPA's membership to increase the quality and efficiency of legal services. It also recognizes the profession's responsibility to the legal community and the consumer.  The Model Code and Guidelines provides paralegals with ethical standards and disciplinary guidelines for breach of those standards. NFPA is assisting paralegals who have an interest in adapting this Model Code and Guidelines to their local jurisdictions. It also offers ethical opinions to assist the profession with complex legal issues.

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Education

MTPA understands that educational standards of those entering the paralegal profession, both in terms of general education and formal paralegal training, are important in order to further the advancement and expand the role of paralegals.  MTPA encourages its members to continue to expand their knowledge and keep abreast of relevant statutory and legislative changes that could affect their work.  Education is also about making the right choices, and as an affiliate of NFPA, members have access to excellent resources to in aid in making those decisions.  NFPA and the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) joined forces to set basic guidelines and principles on which to build a strong foundation to identify quality paralegal education programs. NFPA's Suggested Curriculum for Paralegal Studies and the Guide to a Quality Paralegal Education are available on NFPA's Website.

Salary Survey

Every two (2) years, MTPA conducts an anonymous salary survey of its members which, in addition to salaries, provides information regarding paralegal benefits and perks specific to firm/employer size and practice area.   The salary survey has proven a useful tool to our members for negotiation their compensation and benefits with their employers.  As opposed to most national surveys that tend to be widely skewed, MTPA's salary survey polls only paralegals in the immediate area, therefore rendering it more relevant and effective.

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NFPA Membership

All members of MTPA are also members of NFPA.  MTPA joined with NFPA in the late 1990's for many of the reasons set forth below.  During that time the paralegal profession was facing many significant changes and NFPA presented our association with the opportunity to find its voice.  The paralegal profession continues to change and as a member, you can be a part of it.  Since 1974, NFPA has supported the growth and expanded role of paralegals. NFPA members keep current and participate in these changes. As the leader of the paralegal profession, NFPA represents paralegals in many areas.

  • Monitor Legislative Activities - NFPA actively monitors legislative actions and proposed court changes. When necessary, NFPA responds with letters or by filing amicus briefs.
  • Present Testimony on Legislative Matters - NFPA will present written and oral testimony at government hearings and meetings held by local, state and national bar associations.
  • Representation - NFPA represents paralegals' interests by preparing letters and amicus briefs to educate attorneys and judges on the vital role played by paralegals in the delivery of quality legal services.
  • Professional and Ethics Issues - NFPA continues to research and analyze issues that affect the paralegal profession. Recent issues include exempt vs. non-exempt, ethics, recoverability of fees, and definitions of a paralegal; see page 4.
  • Representation with National Legal Associations - NFPA works closely with the American Bar Association, (ABA), the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), the International Paralegal Managers Association (IPMA), and other legal national associations.
  • Committee and Commission Representation - NFPA sponsors a representative on the ABA's Approval Commission, which works with the ABA's Standing Committee on Legal Assistants.
  • Professional Development - As the profession evolves, paralegals can depend on NFPA to offer innovative opportunities for growth. Recent examples include on-line continuing legal education courses, courses of study in preparation for the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) for becoming a PACE Registered Paralegal, and review/approval of textbooks and other reference materials for practicing paralegals and student paralegals.
  • Internet - The first professional legal organization to offer a server on the Internet, NFPA's www.paralegals.org provides viewers with information on areas such as continuing education, career issues, career development, and current legal activities. Only NFPA members can participate in special list serves and chats to exchange information and ideas with other paralegals. To provide the greatest benefit, networking groups are segmented by practice area.
  • PACE - To support the expanded role of paralegals within the legal community, NFPA's membership voted to develop PACE. PACE allows experienced paralegals to validate job skills by becoming a PACE Registered Paralegal. PACE was developed by an independent testing firm.
  • PCC - On June 11, 2011, 188 paralegals took the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ pilot test at 12 test sites across the country. Of the paralegals who completed the test, 146 achieved a passing score of 550 or better. Those paralegals are the very first CORE Registered Paralegals™ and have earned the right to use the CRP™ credential. Congratulations to all who passed.  This exam is intended for paralegals with less experience than those who are eligible to sit for the PACE exam.
  • Educational Issues - NFPA supports the growth and expansion of the paralegal profession by addressing educational issues for the practicing paralegal and paralegal students.
 
 

Contact MTPA:  Middle Tennessee Paralegal Association | P. O. Box 198006 | Nashville, TN 37219 | Email:  MTPA@memberlodge.org | For website administration:  contact Theresa Crow at theresa_crow@gspnet.com

 

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