About the Central Florida Paralegal Association, Inc.
The Central Florida Paralegal Association, Inc., or "CFPA" is an organization for Central Florida paralegals/legal assistants who desire to promote high standards of professionalism in their career field. CFPA is governed by a 9- member Board of Directors consisting of the 5 officers, 3 Directors elected at large, and one Director to be appointed by the incoming President for his or her term. Meet ourBOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Through CFPA meetings, social activities, newsletters and other means, paralegals/legal assistants are able to keep current with changing requirements and network with fellow paralegals/legal assistants, attorneys and other legal professionals.
CFPA offers a wide range of professional and personal benefits to each member, including educational opportunities, continuing education credits, professional development, student development, job referral service, a voice in national affairs, leadership, community service, and community recognition.
If you are interested in learning more about us, please feel welcome to join us at any of our EVENTS or SEMINARS. For answers to your questions or to provide feedback, complete the form on our CONTACT US page.
Established in 1983 as the Orlando Legal Assistants, the purpose was to serve the local population of paralegals (then referred to as legal assistants) in continued legal education, professional development and community service. In 1995-96, Orlando Legal Assistants became CFPA and was the first paralegal association in the State of Florida to use the term "paralegal". CFPA was incorporated as a Florida not for profit corporation in November, 2001 and amended/updated its Bylaws in 2008. CFPA began publishing a quarterly newsletter in 1983 and is currently publishing Volume 28 of The Focus. Approximately 2004-2005, CFPA went online with its website which has expanded to what you see today and is updated regularly with new information, calendar dates for seminars, mixers and community service events. In 2008, CFPA went paperless and began publishing The Focus in digital format only. CFPA has established and maintains an active presence on the web including a Twitter account, Facebook page and a profile on Linked In. Later, The Focus became our digital e-newsletter, Carpe Diem, which is published to the membership on a bimonthly basis.
Professional Development- CFPA is a NALA Affilitated Association and as a result, provides continued legal education for its members through regularly scheduled seminars. CFPA seminars are often co-sponsored by area law firms and/or patron members and are on a variety of topics and events such as Law Week activities, Pathways in Law, weekend seminar retreats, brown-bag lunch hour seminars, annual CP exam preparation (review course). Evening seminar topics range from notary updates, maintaining/updating interview skills, family law, criminal law, litigation issues, real estate, probate, construction law, legal ethics, trial preparation and many other topics that are relevant to the paralegals in this area.
Community Service - Supporting area charities and events by sponsoring food, toy and school supply drives, fund raising for area charities. Past and recent recipients of CFPA's fund raising campaigns have included Walk for the Trees, Alzheimer's Research, Breast Cancer awareness, Cystic Fibrosis foundation, Teen Court, a Gift for Teaching, Second Harvest Food Bank, Loaves & Fishes, Orlando Union Rescue Mission, XL106 Baby DJ toy drive, the Orange County Adult Literacy League, Habitat for Humanity, Children's Home Society, Best Buddies, the Women's Residential Resource Center, and our Annual SUPPORT THE TROOPS drive which sends food and goodies to our soldiers overseas.
Students & Networking - CFPA supports legal students (both members and non-members) with free seminars, guest speaking to capstone classes and a scholarship program. With nearly 200 members in the Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties of Central Florida, CFPA has a cultivated a strong relationship with area colleges and universities that offer legal studies programs including Everest, Keiser, Rollins, Seminole State, UCF, and Valencia College as well as many area attorneys, firms and judges. CFPA supports area programs such as the Guardian Ad Litem programs in each of the 3 Central Florida counties served as well as the Teen Court programs in Orange and Seminole counties. CFPA members enjoy such benefits of membership including job bank, monthly luncheons, quarterly membership mixers, holiday parties, Yahoo group list serv/web board, Facebook, LinkedIn and continued and regular updates to this website.
Please review the pages of this website and even our BYLAWS. As you learn more about this organization, you should feel free to complete the form on the CONTACT US page as we welcome feedback from our members and nonmember legal assistant/paralegals. It is our goal to provide support, outreach to the community, educational and professional growth opportunities to our members and the community at large.