About the KPA
The Kansas Paralegal Association, Inc. (KPA) is a nonprofit, professional organization comprised of three districts in the State of Kansas. KPA affirms the paralegal profession as an independent, self-directed profession in affiliation with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA) and maintains working relationships with state and local
bar associations. KPA provides a local forum for exchange of ideas, creative development, continuing education, and
promotes recognition of the profession as an integral partner in the delivery of legal services.
KPA is a professional association which offers membership to paralegals/legal assistants, students, paralegal educators, and institutions with an interest in supporting the purposes of the organization. KPA was incorporated on June 16, 1977 as a non-profit organization under the name of The Kansas Legal Assistants Society. In 1996 the organization changed its name to Kansas Paralegal Association. The goals and purposes of KPA are to:
- Promote and maintain high standards in the paralegal profession;
- Foster creative expansion of the paralegal career;
- Provide a forum for meeting and exchanging ideas; and,
- Establish and maintain mutually beneficial working relationships with local, state and national paralegal
and bar associations.
KPA is comprised of three districts covering the state of Kansas. (Click here for a map.)
The association is governed by a Board of Directors composed of state officers and district directors. Board meetings are held throughout the year in various locations in the state and are open to interested KPA members.
The following positions on the Board of Directors are elected positions:
- President (1 year term)
- VP Membership (1 year term)
- Secretary (1 year term)
- Treasurer (1 year term)
- Education Director (1 year term)
- Marketing Director (1 year term)
- Publications Director (1 year term)
- District I Director (2 year term)
- District II Co-Director (2 year term) (There are two D-II Directors, and their terms are stacked so one position is open each year.)
- District III Co-Director (2 year term) (There are two D-II Directors, and their terms are stacked so one position is open each year.)
Elections are held annually in April. Nominations can be submitted any time, click here for the Nomination Form. (Voting members are allowed to nominate themselves in addition to nominating others. All of the above positions require a current voting membership in order to be eligible for the position.)
The following positions are nominated, and then are subject to approval by the Board of Directors:
- NFPA Representative - Primary
- NFPA Representative - Secondary
- KBA Paralegal Committee
- Pro Bono/Community Service Coordinator
- PACE Coordinator
Click here to nominate yourself or another KPA member. (All of the above positions require a current voting memberhsip in order to be elgible for the position.)
The organization holds its annual membership meeting each spring in conjunction with an educational seminar. District meetings are held on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and offer members opportunities to address professional issues, enhance their education and exchange ideas with other paralegals.
DEFINITION OF A PARALEGAL
As adopted by KPA on June 5, 1987 a paralegal is a person, qualified through education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by an attorney, law office, governmental agency, or other entity in a capacity or function which involves the performance, under the ultimate direction and supervision of an attorney, or specifically delegated, substantive legal work, which work, for the most part, requires sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that, absent such assistant, the attorney would perform the task.
CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
It is the responsibility of every paralegal to adhere strictly to the accepted standards of legal ethics and to live by principles of proper conduct.
The KPA is governed by the following rules and guidelines:
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
KPA offers educational opportunities through district meetings and "mini-seminars". KPA works closely with paralegal educators to coordinate activities for and with paralegal students (speakers bureau, mentor program).
A job referral service is available to KPA members seeking new employment opportunities. The KPA Job Registry advertises openings in the legal community to its members free of charge.
KPA encourages its members to participate in its many committees, such as education, membership, marketing and national affairs.
In June, 1985, KPA became a member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (“NFPA”). Through membership in NFPA, members of KPA participate on a national level in developments affecting the paralegal profession. The KPA Board has two ex officio members who serve as representatives to NFPA and attend the NFPA mid-year and annual meetings. The NFPA provides representation to professional organizations addressing legal concerns and paralegal education and professional issues. KPA and its members also obtain information on professional development and issues of a national scope. KPA members receive NFPA's quarterly magazine, National Paralegal Reporter and NFPA's quarterly report the Alert on policy issues affecting paralegals.
KPA interacts with the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) to enhance understanding of the paralegal profession. Associate membership in the KBA is open to paralegals. Each year our Board appoints KPA members to serve on the KBA Legal Assistants Committee. KPA also offers members opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with other professionals in the legal field.
A library of resource materials is maintained for the use of KPA members at no charge. The library contains video/audio tapes, articles, seminar manuals, books and pamphlets. These materials cover legal issues, areas of the law and personal and professional development topics.
KPAInBrief is the official publication of KPA. This monthly newsletter contains articles regarding local and national issues, as well as information on KPA events and programs and is uploaded to the website at the beginning of each month.