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Benefits

  • All members of the WNYPA are automatically members of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) and the Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations (ESAPA).
    • All benefits of membership in the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (“NFPA”) and the Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations (“ESAPA”) including discounts at Disney World, Dell and Liberty Mutual.
  • Direct contact with over 100 local paralegals who share your professional interests, educational background, and employment situations.
    • Networking opportunities provided by WNYPA sponsored social events
  • Continuing legal education opportunities, including both formal seminars and informal specialty-section presentations, designed specifically for paralegals.
    • Opportunities for professional development including access to Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) study group.
  • Access to WNYPA's online Job Bank Service and, through reciprocal agreements with other NFPA member associations, information regarding career opportunities nationwide
  • E-mail notification of monthly general membership meetings (September-May) and access to career-elated information disseminated at such meetings
  • Ability to influence WNYPA policy and the future development of the paralegal profession through direct participation in Association activities including committee membership and contributions to Paramount and the Discussion Forum
  • Access to news of national, state, and local legislation, decisions, and events affecting the paralegal profession
  • Peer recognition and affirmation

Qualifications

Active Membership

An Active Member shall be defined as any employed paralegal having a title of paralegal, legal assistant, nurse paralegal, or paralegal assistant or, if self-employed or employed under another title, having a significant number of duties and responsibilities normally associated with a paralegal position, and who meets the requirements set forth in any one of the following eight (8) categories:

  1. possesses a baccalaureate degree, a certificate from a paralegal training program and at least six (6) months working experience in a paralegal capacity;
  2. possesses a baccalaureate degree and at least one (1) year working experience in a paralegal capacity;
  3. possesses an associate degree in paralegal studies and at least one (1) year working experience in a paralegal capacity;
  4. possesses an associate degree and at least two (2) years working experience in a paralegal capacity;
  5. possesses a high school diploma, a certificate from a paralegal training program and at least three (3) years working experience in a paralegal capacity;
  6. possesses a high school diploma and at least four (4) years working experience in a paralegal capacity; or
  7. was an Active Member in good standing of the Association as of December 20, 1988.
  8.  any paralegal as defined by the criteria set forth in Subsections A-G above and who possesses at least twenty (20) years working experience in a paralegal capacity, who has been in good standing of WNYPA as of January 1, 2000, but is temporarily not employed as a paralegal. If not employed as a paralegal at the end of a one-year period from loss of employment then the Active Member status expires.
Any paralegal as defined by the criteria set forth and who possesses at least twenty (20) years working experience in a paralegal capacity, who has been in good standing of WNYPA as of January 1, 2000, but is temporarily not employed as a paralegal.  If not employed as a paralegal at the end of a one-year period from loss of employment, then the Active Member status expires.

Associate Membership

An Associate Member shall be defined as any employed paralegal not qualifying for active membership or any unemployed paralegal. An Associate Member shall not be entitled to vote but shall have all other privileges of active membership.

Student Membership

A Student Member shall be defined as any student currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, who does not meet the requirements to maintain the designation Active Member. A Student Member shall not be entitled to vote but shall have all of the other privileges of active membership.
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