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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.
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


Greetings TBPA members!

I can’t believe that it is already that time of year again for the declaration of candidacy.  

For those interested in declaring for a position on the Board of Directors as an officer or director for the year 2019, please complete the Declaration of Candidacy (Notice of the 2018 Annual Meeting and Call for Declaration of Candidacy), including the endorsements by 3 active members, and then submit it to Katie K. Turley, TBPA Secretary no later than Friday, October 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM EST via email to secretary@tbpa.org or by hand delivery.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss how your unique talents and ideas would best serve TBPA in the coming year, please contact either me at president@tbpa.org, Barbara O'Shaughnessy, TBPA President-Elect at presidentelect@tbpa.org. We'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback. 

In other news, the University of South Florida’s Mock Trial Club is hosting its 3rd annual Matador Invitational and are in need of Paralegals and Attorneys to be judges on October 20, 2018. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Charissa Bloom, USF Mock Trial Tournament Director at cbloom1@mail.usf.edu for more information.

President Elect, Barbara O’Shaughnessy and myself will be attending the NFPA Annual Convention on behalf of TBPA. The convention will take place from October 25-28, 2018 and is being held in Seattle, Washington. We will provide updates from the Convention upon our return.

As always if you have any suggestions, ideas for speakers, updates, or information on any subject that you feel might be of interest to other paralegals, please feel free to reach out to me at president@tbpa.org.

I hope to see you soon at one of our events! Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook!  


Erika L. Blackburn

President, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.



Upcoming Events:         

Saturday, October 20, 2018 is the final quarterly “Wills for Heroes” event for 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Chester H. Ferguson Law Center located at 1610 N. Tampa Street. If you are interested in joining other TBPA Members at this Pro Bono event that helps our Tampa First Responders (including members of the police force, sheriff’s office and fire departments), please contact our Pro Bono Chair, Lance Cochran LaFleur at probono@tbpa.org.

October & November, 2018 – End 68 Hours of Hunger fundraising drive.

Also of note:

Save the Date for NFPA’s Annual Convention – October 25-28, 2018 Seattle, WA

Suggestions?  If you have any suggestions, 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 send an email to our Technology Committee via webmaster@tbpa.org.

By nature we paralegals are all very busy.  Your Board continues our drive to make this organization work for you!  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!



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:  Erika Blackburn, ACA, FRP 

Send an email to Erika 

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, November 15, 2018 11:45 AM • The Tampa Club, 42nd Floor, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL
Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:45 AM • at The Tampa Club, 42nd Floor, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL

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