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Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. ("TBPA") is a member association of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) which provides TBPA members automatic membership with NFPA. TBPA is also a member of the 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).

Message from the TBPA President


Hello TBPA Members!


Please take one minute of your day to take this very short survey to let us know of your interest in a potential social networking event:

Click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2B9XXVB for the survey! If you have already taken it, please disregard so that our numbers aren't skewed and THANK YOU everyone.       


Other Announcements:


BOARD MEETINGS: Did you know that ALL TBPA members are welcome to attend the monthly Board meetings? If you are interested in joining us on any 2nd Monday of the month, our meetings start at 5:45 p.m. They are held at the Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & Koche, P.A. firm. Please email if interested in attending as you will need access into the building.



Do you think that your firm would consider sponsoring our 2017 Annual Seminar which will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Hilton at Carillon Park?Sponsorship opportunities are now open!! Our 2016 Seminar had over 100 paralegals registered and we believe this year's seminar will be just as successful. 


Bronze Support Sponsorships at $200.00 is available if your firm desires to support TBPA, the paralegal profession, and seminar. TBPA will display sponsorship on-site at the seminar, plus on the website and in the seminar notebook. 


Bronze Sponsorship offers your firm exposure to hundreds of Tampa Bay Area paralegals.  Your firm would enjoy:

  • Recognition on TBPA's website 
  • Recognition on Seminar signage and in Seminar materials
Don't hesitate to secure your firm's sponsorship spot.  Contact the Seminar Chair today to secure a sponsorship! Please contact our 2017 Seminar Co-Chairs, Elaine Schroeder and Barbara O'Shaughnessy at seminar@tbpa.org.

There are several upcoming events, opportunities, and deadlines and 

we need you!


COMMUNITY SERVICE: The spotlight for community service support will be rotated between three very deserving organizations: USO, PACE Center for Girls, and A Kid's Place. Please keep an eye out on the luncheon notices which will advise you as to that month's focus. 







We are looking for CP, ACP, FCP, RP and CRP members who would be willing to volunteer to participate in a seminar workshop for our members interested in taking the NALA Certified Paralegal Exam, PACE exam or PCCE exam.


Participation would consist of teaching a specific area of law and/or topic on the exam. This workshop will be conducted on a Saturday. It will be an all day event.  If you are interested in lending your skills to further the advancement of fellow TBPA members, please contact Erika Burgos, at certification@tbpa.org


Upcoming Events:           


September 21, 2017: Monthly luncheon featuring Sema Yildirim, Esquire who will be speaking on "Family Law / Timesharing". Ms. Yildirim, Esq. will address the important family law issue: Parents and Timesharing with their Minor Child(ren). She will discuss this most contentious issue in family law court, addressing how FL Statute 61.13(3) affects the support of children; parenting; time-sharing; and the powers of court; discussion of the best interests of the child shall be made by evaluating all of the factors affecting the welfare and interests of the particular minor child and the circumstances of that family. She will further show how the courts address evidence of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect, regardless of whether a prior or pending action relating to those issues has been brought, and other factors relevant to the determination of a specific parenting plan, including the time-sharing schedule.  (1 Hour of CLE credit approved)

October 19, 2017: Lizbeth Potts, Esquire with Lizbeth Potts & Associates, P.A. will be speaking on Advance Directives and Health Care. She will discuss Living Will, Declaration of Health Care Surrogate, Anatomical Donation, and a HIPAA Release. Ms. Potts will explain why each of these documents is important and why each person should have them with their estate documents. (1 Hour of CLE credit approved)

Also of note:


October 12-15, 2017: Save the Date for NFPA’s Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA. 


November 3, 2017: Save the Date!! TBPA's Annual Seminar in St. Petersburg, FL – Your Seminar Committee has already been hard at work with this year’s theme “Invest in Yourself” and have begun reaching to sponsors. 

Come join the fun! The day includes 7 CLE credits, 

including 2 ethics credits.


Suggestions?  If you have any suggestions, ideas for speakers, updates, or information on any subject that you feel might be of interest to other paralegals and you would like to share that information, please feel free to reach out to me at president@tbpa.org.


Your TBPA Board has exciting plans for the continued growth of this great membership, so stay tuned! We just know you will be as excited as we are!


Until next time,

Dana Martinez-Jones, ACP
President, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.


Save the Date!

TBPA's Annual Seminar for 2017 will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Hilton at Carillon Park. This year's theme:  "Invest in Yourself!"


You won't want to miss the 2017 Seminar, so be sure to save the date in your calendar!

TBPA Contact

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:  Dana Martinez-Jones, ACP

Send an email to Dana 

TBPA Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2840, Tampa, FL 33601

Membership Applications are available and more info on the membership categories and member benefits can be found under the Join Us tab.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:45 AM • at The Tampa Club, 42nd Floor, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL
Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:45 AM • at The Tampa Club, 42nd Floor, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL
Friday, November 03, 2017 8:00 AM • Hilton Carillon, N. St. Petersburg, FL
Friday, November 03, 2017 5:00 PM • Hilton Carillon, N. St. Petersburg, FL

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