Please be advised that the TBPA website will be unavailable starting Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:01 a.m., and will be back up on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 8:00 a.m., at which time TBPA be unveiling a whole new website. We appreciate your understanding during this period.

Welcome to the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association's website! Please bookmark this page and check back often for the latest in news regarding TBPA.  If you are a member, please log into the website and go to the "Member Center" for further information, including the Job Bank and Newsletter. If you are unable to login, please contact our Technology Chair/Webmaster.

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Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. ("TBPA") is a member association of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) which automatically makes any TBPA member a member of  NFPA.  Also, TBPA is a paralegal association member of Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations (FAPA) and all members of TBPA automatically become FAPA members.  In addition, TBPA is an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA).


Please mark your calendars that TBPA's monthly luncheons are now held on the second Thursday of the month.

Please join us for our September Luncheon which will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm at The Tampa Club, 42th Floor, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., in downtown Tampa. During this Luncheon Craig E. Behrenfeld, Esquire of Barnett Bolt will be discussing Limited Liability Company (LLC): Statute Update (1 hour cle credit will be offered). 
Please see the attached
Luncheon Reservation Notice for further details regarding the meeting.
Be sure to RSVP your attendance to our Luncheon Coordinator by Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 by sending an email confirming your attendance, and then mailing your luncheon check as stated on the Reservation Form.  During the September Luncheon, TBPA will be collecting items for the PACE Center for Girls "Incentives Store" - see the last page of the Luncheon Reservation Notice for details regarding this donation drive.

During our 2014 Monthly Luncheons, SLK Investigations will be having a free door prize drawing as part of their 2014 Board PACE/PCC Scholarship sponsorship. Please remember to bring your business cards to enter the door prize drawing!

The Tampa Club will validate your parking ticket for a reduced price of $2.00 between the hours of 11:30 and 2:30. 

You may also send an RSVP via this website for registering for this luncheon. In order to ensure receipt of your registration, please make sure that you have received a reply from our Luncheon Chair, and don't forget to mail your check for the luncheon fee.
Click here to RSVP now!    

*Guests are limited to two (2) attendances per year. Click here to learn how to become a member.


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TBPA is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for 3 Scholarships - one for Paralegal Students and two for Professional Certification!  The following Scholarships being offered are:  One (1) Paralegal Student Scholarship in the amount of $500 plus a 2015 TBPA Membership; One (1) Professional Certification Scholarship in the amount not to exceed $350 for assistance in paying for the Examination Fee and fee for the review manual/study guide for taking either the PACE, PCCE or CP Examinations; and One (1) Professional Certification Scholarship for a Board Member in the amount not to exceed $350 for assistance in paying for the Examination Fee and fee for the review manual/study guide for taking the PACE, PCCE or CP Examinations which fee is donated by SLK Investigations, LLC.  All completed Scholarship Applications with supporting documentation must be postmarked by October 31, 2014 to be eligible for the applicable scholarship.  The Scholarships will be awarded during the TBPA Annual Holiday Luncheon held on December 11, 2014.  For more details, please download the Scholarship Applications by clicking on the scholarship name "links" above.

TBPA Membership Benefits  

As you may be aware, TBPA's membership benefits has expanded and we are now approved as an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)! This is in addition to the automatic membership with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) and the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations (FAPA)!  We are excited that our membership now reaps the benefits from four (4) associations!   Also, TBPA Members are now eligible to receive a discount to AAA membership - see the flier for details.  For other TBPA Membership benefits, please see the attached listing of benefits

To become a TBPA Member, please go to our  Membership section for further details and to download our newly updated Membership Application form.  Any membership questions may be addressed via email to our Membership Chair.

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TBPA 2014 Annual Seminar - November 7, 2014 


It's a Paralegal's World - 

Investing in a Better You!

Sponsors, Exhibitors & Seminar Registrants please refer to our Seminar webpage for details.
Seminar Registrations are now being accepted at a discounted rate of $125!


2014 Paralegal Week & Paralegal Day

Governor Rick Scott has declared June 2 through June 7, 2014 as Florida Paralegals Week!  Please click here to view the Proclamation. Also, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners declared June 4, 2014 as Paralegal Day! Please click here to view the BOCC Proclamation. Congratulations to all of Florida’s and Hillsborough County paralegals on these well-deserved recognitions!

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The Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee conducted the 2013 Pro Bono Awards ceremony on April 17, 2014 which was the first year wherein Paralegals could be Nominated for a Paralegal Pro Bono Award by this Committee! We are pleased to announce that our very own Jan Brown was the recipient of the Paralegal Pro Bono Award presented by the
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee. Please go to our  Pro Bono & Community Service webpage to see a picture from the ceremony.

TBPA will continue to participate in the Wills For Heros for its Pro Bono project for 2014 in helping our community first responders with the Tampa Police Department and Fire Departments to have Wills and medical directives in place. To see the 2014 dates for Wills For Heros events or other Pro Bono Projects, please 
see the Pro Bono & Community Service webpage.

The 2014 TBPA Community Service projects will mainly focus on the PACE Center for Girls, Inc., plus the special programs of Toys For Tots and the Military Legalman (USO Welcome Center at Tampa International Airport). For further details on Community Service projects, please see the Pro Bono & Community Service webpage.

Florida Rules Update:  

Please see the TBPA Educational Resources webpage for recent information regarding the Florida Rules update on "eFiling Rule" which includes the January 2013 Luncheon presentation conducted by Doug Bakke, Chief Deputy, Clerk of the Hillsborough County Court.  

TBPA Paralegal Student Mentors 

TBPA Mentor Committee is working with the Hillsborough Community College to pair paralegal students with working paralegals for an interview by the students. If you want to participate as a Mentor in this program or if you'd like to be assigned to a Mentor, please contact the Mentor Committee Chair, Nita Serrano. Also, you can download the application and provide it to the TBPA Mentor Committee.     

hot_news.gif TBPA Newsletter & Job Bank

Check out the latest edition of TBPA's Newsletter, "The Reporter" and Job Bank under the "Member Center." Please log-in to the main website first to be able to access to the Member Center section. If you are not able to log into the Member Center, please contract the Technology/Webmaster Chair to obtain your log-in information.


Want to list a legal position on the Job Bank?

If you have a paralegal position that you would like posted on our website or printed in our monthly newsletter, "The Reporter," please contact our Job Bank Committee Chair at for details in order to post the position. 

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Have you moved or changed jobs recently?  Please provide your updated contact information to our Membership Chair, so we can keep you informed of TBPA events, membership updates and other pertinent information. 

TBPA Contact Information

As a member-driven organization, we love to receive input and feedback from our members.  Please feel free to contact us with any comments or suggestions.

TBPA President:  Barbara C. O'Shaughnessy
TBPA Address:    P.O. Box 2840, Tampa, FL  33601
Send an email to Barbara: Email


TBPA is a voluntary professional association and does not make any representation, endorsement or guarantee as to the quality, reliability, competency, accuracy, business practices/standards/ethics, or professionalism of any member of TBPA's Membership.   TBPA does not conduct background checks or any other form of due diligence on any person or business applying for membership with TBPA. 


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