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The Wendi A. Rogers Mentor / Protege Program

The Wendi A. Rogers Mentor/Protégé Program is committed to promoting professionalism and career development, as well as instilling ethical behavior in paralegals that are new to the profession.  We are here to contribute to the success of, as well as set the standards for, new paralegals and paralegal students.  DAPA believes it is crucial for tenured paralegals to share their knowledge with upcoming paralegals to help foster growth and maintain and/or raise the standards of the profession.  By pairing new paralegals with "seasoned" or senior paralegals, DAPA's Mentor/Protégé Program offers numerous benefits:

  • Encourages students to become more engaged in the paralegal profession, as well as DAPA.
  • Protégé's receive support from their Mentors to help contribute to their success in the profession.
  • Mentors act as a trusted counselors and provide guidance to newer paralegals.
  • Provides Protégé's with additional opportunities to network with other legal professionals and develop new relationships.
  • Mentors are able to enhance the Protégé's skill set.

What are the requirements for a Protégé?

A DAPA Protégé must be a member in good standing of and must have three (3) years or less substantive paralegal experience.

What are the requirements for a Mentor?

A DAPA Mentor must be a member in good standing; have at least five (5) years substantive paralegal experience; be willing to assist a new paralegal by answering questions relating to his/her area(s) of the law, or other general paralegal-related questions, including involvement in local, state and national paralegal associations; and agree to be accessible to his/her Protégé on an as-needed basis throughout the year. At a minimum, Mentors should meet and/or communicate with their Protégé's on a monthly basis.

If you are interested in serving as a Mentor, or would like to have a Mentor assigned to you, please complete the appropriate Mentor application or Protege application by clicking the links below.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Program's chair at


(July 9, 1968 to December 31, 2016)

Wendi Rogers was a Certified Paralegal and a Board Certified Paralegal in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was a long-time member of the Dallas Area Paralegal Association, the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, serving on many committees, boards and as past President of the Paralegal Division. She won numerous awards and recognitions, but, most of all, was a great mentor who helped launch the careers of many paralegals, and showed them the importance of volunteering. Wendi took mentorship and community service home with her to the community of Tom Bean, Texas, where she supported neighbors, youth sports, and her church. Wendi was a positive influence on so many people, adults and children alike, through her mentorship and goodwill.  [Bio written by Debbie Oaks McBride & Cynthia Minchillo of the Wendi Atwood Rogers Foundation]

To learn more, please visit the Wendi Atwood Rogers Foundation.  This Foundation carries on Wendi's legacy through their mentorship programs, community service, and giving.  Although DAPA is not part of the foundation, we are regular collaborators and partners for various event.  DAPA welcomes and encourages you to visit the Foundation's website, follow them on social media, and join/contribute to the cause.

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