Welcome to The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals!
Message from the President
As we begin to get back to our new normal, I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for sticking with us! It’s been a year and a half of precedented change and I know there are other priorities pulling you in other directions. My hope was that our organization would weather the storm of the pandemic and come out of the other side stronger and because of you all we did. As we look to the future, I am excited by the possibilities!
There has been so much loss, struggle and upheaval. Some of that was long overdue and I am inspired by those who are leading the charge and grateful for what they are teaching all of us. There has also been innovation, adaptation and cause for celebration. While the way “things were always done” seems to have been replaced with an astonishing amount of online options, I am eager to blend the two. I envision events that will welcome our members back in person but also allow people to participate virtually, hybrid events that are more inclusive, more diverse and more accessible. Know that your Board has been diligently working on planning events that will bring us back together safely but also allow for more participation from those who cannot always get into Center City or extend their days into evening events. Our first event will be totally virtual and as we welcome more and more people back, we will begin to plan events that are both in person, virtual and combination of the two.I hope to “see” you all in August at our online webinar, “7 Habits of the Indispensable Paralegal” or at the in person Quizzo event on August 18 at City Tap House!
- Deb Cunningham
To promote the paralegal profession and encourage individual excellence in skills and abilities through education and networking.
DEFINITION OF A PARALEGALA Paralegal is a person qualified through education, training or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively performed by a lawyer. This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work. Substantive shall mean work requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis and communication or relevant facts and legal concepts.