Paralegals and the
Lafayette Paralegal Association (LPA)
The number of paralegals in the workforce has more than doubled in recent years, and so has the LPA membership.  LPA members live and work in Lafayette and the surrounding parishes.  Open to all paralegals, the association has categories for persons who are actively working as paralegals under an attorney's supervision and for those who are not actively working as paralegals, but are seeking to broaden their knowledge.  There are also categories for students and sustaining members.    

LPA strives to promote the paralegal profession through continuing education, fellowship, networking within the legal community, and by encouraging professional ethics.  LPA also seeks to provide support to local bar associations in regard to volunteer activities as much as possible.

In the last few years, LPA has made great strides in promoting continuing education by encouraging certification and by providing guest speakers at monthly meetings who present varied topics of interest to members.  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits have been approved by NALA (National Association of Legal Assistants) for most presentations.

LPA offers attorneys, law firms, and other interested parties, an opportunity to lend support to the organization through "Sustaining Memberships."  As sustaining members, they not only support LPA's efforts financially, but more importantly, professionally.  Sustaining members are acknowledged on the LPA website and have access to the job bank.  As an added bonus, representatives of those firms are given admission to all of our seminars without charge. 

For more information about the Lafayette Paralegal Association, contact the President of LPA, Heather Vice, via e-mail at