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What is DAPA?

The Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA) was founded in 1976, and is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of paralegals, students, and legal industry vendors.  DAPA promotes paralegals working and studying across numerous practice areas and helps further each paralegal's professional development and advance the paralegal profession.  Representing the Dallas area, DAPA is a regional member of the National Federal Paralegal Association (NFPA), and is the only Texas paralegal association that is a NFPA member.  Joining DAPA grants you full membership to the NFPA contemporaneously. 

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Our Mission. 

Striving to Attain the Goals Established in 1976.

DAPA was formed on October 23, 1976 as the Dallas Association of Legal Assistants, and changed its name in 1996.  In 1978, DAPA became affiliated with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)an organization that represents approximately 9,000 paralegals nationwide.  DAPA is a voluntary non-profit corporation composed of paralegals working in all areas of the law, who are interested in furthering their own professional development, especially through PACE® and other voluntary certifications, and who are dedicated to the advancement of the paralegal profession as a whole.  The goals and purposes of DAPA are to:

  • Promote the professional development of the paralegal profession and individual paralegals;
  • Offer continuing legal education through programs, sections, seminars, and other educational media;
  • Educate members about and maintain standards of ethical conduct;
  • Educate the legal community (attorneys, judges, administrators) and the public about the paralegal role in legal services;
  • Provide services to the legal community;
  • Foster expansion of paralegal roles;
  • Communicate and collaborate with other paralegal associations; and
  • Maintain relationships with bar associations.

DAPA awards scholarships annually to students enrolled in paralegal programs at area schools.  DAPA members volunteer their time to pro bono programs and are often selected to speak at seminars, teach in local paralegals programs, and serve on the boards of directors of various corporations serving the paralegal community.

Log in to the website or become a DAPA member to enjoy exclusive content such as our interactive Member Directory & Sponsor / Vendor Directory (Sustaining Members).  You can search our members by certifications, practice areas, or even the types of service provided by our sustaining members making our online directory the perfect way to connect with our Dallas area legal community.

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DAPA presents the information on this web site as a service to our members and other Internet users. While the information on this site is about legal issues, it is NOT legal advice.  Moreover, due to the rapidly changing nature of the law and our reliance on information provided by outside sources, we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or at other sites to which we link.

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Dallas Area Paralegal Association
P.O. Box 12533
Dallas, Texas 75225-0533