5 Conferences for Paralegals in 2017

If you’re employed as a paralegal or are interested in becoming one, being aware of conferences for paralegals in 2017 can help you to gain information about the profession and to network among its members. Paralegals perform important legal duties to assist attorneys in law firms, corporations, government offices and other organizations. Some of these jobs include performing legal research, filing court documentation, interviewing witnesses and other types of services related to legal cases. Continue reading if you’d like to discover which paralegal conferences might be worth attending.

1. American Association for Paralegal Education Annual Conference

The American Association for Paralegal Education (AAPE) is a professional organization that was created to create educational standards for the paralegal profession while promoting quality educational programs. The group encourages professional growth in its members by sharing the latest information relating to the legal profession and conducting learning opportunities such as its annual conference to be held in Alburquerque, New Mexico October 18 – 21, 2017.

2. 2017 NALA Conference & Expo

The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) offers a number of professional development programs for paralegals across the country. Some of these include a voluntary certification program, ongoing continuing education, professional publications and updates on information within the profession. The 2017 conference will take place July 19 – 21, 2017 in Orlando, FL. This is said to be the largest paralegal conference in the country.

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3. NFPA Joint Leadership/Regulation/Certification Ambassadors Conference

When it comes to conferences for paralegals, this meeting of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations is highly esteemed, popular and beneficial event aimed at leaders within the profession. This conference offers these individuals and others aspiring to leadership the chance to network, learn ad directly influence the policies and procedures within their field. The NFPA is the very first paralegal organization in the country, and it advocates for the needs of the profession. Check the website frequently, as specific details regarding conference date, place and time have not been posted yet.

4. PPR Annual Conference

The Professional Paralegal Register is a voluntary register scheme for paralegals in the UK. Its purpose is to recognize that paralegals are considered to be the “fourth arm of the legal profession” and play an important role. Belonging to this register provides individual paralegals an advocate and gives consumers a trusted source of professionals within the industry. The annual conference details have not been listed, but the website says they will be available soon.

5. NALS 66th Annual Education Conference & National Forum

NALS, once the acronym for the National Association of Legal Secretaries, now reflects the modern composition of its membership. NALS is seen as a stand-alone name, rather than an acronym, and the organization bills itself as, “the association for legal professionals.” This group works to promote the legal profession as a whole, but advocates for support professionals within the industry specifically. Its annual conference will congregate in Norfolk, VA October 4 – 7, 2017.

This list should be a good place to start if you’re looking for professional development opportunities. These are some of the best conferences for paralegals to learn, grow and network within their profession.