Mission Statement

    • To advance and promote the common business interests of persons engaged in the paralegal profession;
    • To foster and promote educational standards and practice guidelines for persons engaged in the paralegal profession;
    • To monitor and define paralegal roles in the delivery of legal services and to educate the public and employers to these roles;
    • To be proactive in regulation matters impacting upon the paralegal profession; and
    • To develop and maintain mutually beneficial working relationships with other paralegal associations and with local, state and national bar associations.

History

The Capital District Paralegal Association, Inc. (CDPA) was founded in 1993 as the Albany Legal Assistants Association. Its purpose is to promote communication among paralegals and to promote and improve their image as professionals with the legal community as well as the public. 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. CDPA is a member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA) as well as the Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (ESAPA).


Leadership

CDPA is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President, and Directors in charge of the Association’s standing committees. CDPA’s standing committees include: Continuing Legal Education, Membership, ESAPA, Events & Publicity, Sponsorship, Newsletter, NFPA Delegates, Pro Bono, Website & Social Media, and Student Affairs. 

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Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

CDPA members are bound by the New York Lawyer’s Code of Professional Responsibility, the NFPA Code of Ethics, and any other code adopted by the Association.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Code of Professional Responsibility

  • A paralegal shall demonstrate initiative in performing and expanding the paralegal role in the delivery of legal services.
  • A paralegal shall maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  • A paralegal shall maintain a high level of competence and shall contribute to the integrity of the paralegal profession.
  • A paralegal shall preserve client confidences and privileged communications.
  • A paralegal shall serve the public interest by contributing to the availability and delivery of quality legal services.
  • A paralegal shall aspire to perform pro bono legal services for the benefit of those with limited means who are denied access to the legal system.

Membership

Membership is open to paralegals/legal assistants, paralegal students, attorneys and paralegal educators from the Capital District area of New York. CDPA does not exclude or discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicaps or sexual orientation. However, any person who is incarcerated at the time of application or who has been disbarred from the practice of law is not eligible for membership.

CDPA Member Benefits

NFPA Member Benefits

All members of CDPA are also members of NFPA and receive the following benefits:

  • Access to member-only resources on the NFPA website, including networking, online discussions, materials and information.
  • Opportunities to network with paralegals across the country. 

  • Member prices for various NFPA events.

  • Opportunities for involvement in the profession at the national level.
  • For a full listing of benefits, please see the NFPA website and sign in as a member: www.paralegals.org.

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