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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



Greetings TBPA members!


As your incoming president, I would to thank all of you for allowing me the honor of serving alongside you for the next year. A special thank you to our Board Advisor and Past President Dana Martinez-Jones for mentoring me over this past year. I have big shoes to fill but I know with all your help we can continue to grow the success of our organization. I look forward to working with you and getting to know each of you better. Please join me in welcoming our new board for the 2018 year:

President Elect: Susan Lee

First Vice President: Rebecca S. Wilt, ACP, FCP, FRP

Second Vice President: Andrea J. Carbone

Treasurer: Melissa J. Cook

Secretary: Katie K. Turley, CP

Director, Member Services: Elaine Schroeder

Director, Certification & Student Relations: Kim Ross, M.S., CP

Director, Seminars: Valerie Cisco

Director, Technology: Jessica Stratton


I am grateful to have such an amazing board to work with this coming year.

As an Association, we accomplished many things in 2017. The TBPA 2017 Annual Seminar held on November 3, 2017 was once again a huge success. Thank you to our seminar committee, for all their hard work on this project. We also continued our Pro-Bono projects with Wills for Heroes, our community service projects with the USO of Central Florida, A Kids Place Tampa Bay, and The PACE Center for Girls.

Although we accomplished a lot in 2017 there is still a lot of work to do. We still have open Director positions available on our board. Our volunteer board members are crucial to our Association and continuing the work it takes to grow and promote our profession. If you are interested in serving as a board member or on a committee, please contact me for more information. 


As the year closes, I will have additional announcements of all the exciting events we have planned for 2018 so stay tuned.

In the meantime, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, I would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and warm wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.

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, please feel free to reach out to me at president@tbpa.org.


Erika L. Blackburn

President, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.




Upcoming Events:           


December 14, 2017: Annual Holiday Luncheon; networking with members, including members.  Door Prizes to be awarded!!!  (NO CLE)



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 

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

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