MEMBERSHIPThere are many benefits of being a member of MTPA and NFPA. The benefits includes the following:
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!
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Professionalism & 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.
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.
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.
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!
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