The Capital District Paralegal Association, Inc. (CDPA) celebrates twenty years of serving paralegals and the Capital District legal community. CDPA was founded in 1993 as the Albany Legal Assistants Association. The Association was incorporated in 1996 as a not-for-profit corporation and in 2001 the Association changed its name to the Capital District Paralegal Association, Inc.
The Capital District Paralegal Association, Inc. is commemorating the 20th anniversary of our incorporation as a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to being "The Paralegals' Professional Resource." This year we celebrate our continued professional presence in our on-going commitment to provide support, education and experience to veteran and new paralegals as well as students working toward entering the paralegal field.
This organization would not exist if weren't for the vision and dedication of the paralegals who found time in their busy 9-5 lives to create and build a professional association to offer a forum in which paralegals could connect, network and learn more to become better in their careers. We honor and thank past presidents from the Albany Legal Assistants Association (our first name) and CDPA for turning a vision into a reality.
The members, both past and present, who have stepped up to volunteer their time as officers, directors, and committee members have been the backbone and life-blood of CDPA. Without their tireless commitment, this organization could not exist. In my short time serving on the CDPA Board, they have continually impressed me. I cannot thank the Board members enough for their time and effort in propelling this organization forward. They are an amazing group of professionals with innovative ideas and a can-do spirit in anything that comes their way. It has been an honor working with all of you!
CDPA benefits tremendously from the support of our sponsors and advertisers. Many of our events are made possible through their contribution. Please take time to make note of our sponsors and advertisers who have contributed to our 20th anniversary celebration event as well as those who support CDPA throughout the year. Remember to keep them in mind when your office requires assistance and services. Their past and continued support of our mission to serve local paralegals is greatly appreciated.
We appreciate your support of CDPA for the past 20 years and in the many years to come.
Karen Satterlee, R.P.
CDPA Past Presidents
2014 - 2016 Karen Satterlee, RP
2010 - 2014 Kevin Dayer
2007-2010 Donna Shappy
2005 - 2007 Cheryl Corning
2003 - 2005 Tracey L. Young, RP
2001 - 2003 Chad Jerome, RP
ALAA Past Presidents
2000 - 2001 Naomi Alvarez & Mari Bazemore
1998 - 2000 Elaine Shelhamer
1997 - 1998 Paula Barna
1996 - 1997 Deborah Peavey Graves
1995 - 1996 Diane Metz1994 - 1995 Colleen Parks Andriano
1992 -1994 Carol Hotchkiss
Our sincere thanks to Wendy Heintz and everyone
involved in making our 20th Anniversary Event a success!
On April 19, 2016, CDPA members, current and former Officers and Board Members, and our guests came together to recognize the contributions of past presidents, celebrate the Association’s achievements, and welcome new members. It was an exciting evening as we celebrated our Association and the talented people who have influenced the legal community in such a positive way.
If you have photos from the event, please email them to
CDPA thanks the following sponsors of our 20th Anniversary Celebration.