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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

A note from the TBPA President:

I want to wish you all a healthy, safe and happy 2020 Holiday Season!  
As your outgoing President I would like to thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as your President for the last year. 

Please join me in welcoming your new Board of Directors for 2021: 

President:  Yvonne DeAntoneo

President Elect:  Melissa J. Cook, FRP

First Vice President:  Valerie A. Cisco, FRP

Second Vice President:  Emily A. Merlin, CP

Treasurer:  Frank J. Steinbeck, FRP

Secretary:  Irene Hahn, CRP

Director:  Kathryn ("Katie") Turley, CP

Director:  Lance Cochran-LaFleur, FRP

Director:  Monserrate ("Junior") Olivera

Your TBPA Board of Directors wants you to know that we continue to think of you all throughout the continued COVID-19 crisis.  Even though we are still not able to meet in-person at this time, we're doing all we can to provide value to our members and appreciate any feedback or suggestions you wish to provide to us.

As you know, we are now offering TBPA Members and Guests the opportunity for 1 CLE Credit Unit via Recorded Video Presentation Events. This has been going extremely well and we'll continue do so until it is safe to return to in-person meetings.  When the University Club is safely able to open their meeting rooms to full capacity for our luncheons, we will continue to offer a Video Only RSVP Registration option at a special rate to both Members and Guests, however, limiting the number for our Guests to two registrations in any given year, since this will be a new TBPA Membership Benefit. We encourage you to utilize this video option if you are not able to attend the luncheons in-person, such as due to an underlying health concern with the return of social gatherings, work conflicts, working outside of downtown Tampa, or on vacation.

Also, we welcome all Guests to join TBPA and enjoy the many benefits TBPA Membership offers.  Please check out our Membership webpage for details or contact me or our Membership Chair at membership@tbpa.org with any questions.

In addition, be sure to check out the many webinars available to you from our national associations, NFPA and NALA, so you can stay on target to meet your CLE credit requirements. For your convenience, we have links to these websites on our main webpage www.TBPA.org.

As you know there is always more work to be done and even more volunteers needed to help.   Our volunteer committee members are crucial to our Association and continuing the work it takes to grow and promote the paralegal profession.  If you are interested in serving on a committee, or filling one of the open Director positions on the Board, please contact me at president@tbpa.org for more information. 

Further, it is our hope that everyone finds encouragement to stay positive and practice good habits to remain healthy in mind, body and spirit!  As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or any member of the TBPA Board.

In the meantime, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc., I would like to wish you and yours Happy Holidays and warm wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Thank you, be well and stay safe out there!

Barbara C. O’Shaughnessy, FRP

President, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association




TBPA'S 2020 Annual Seminar has been postponed
due to COVID-19 concerns. It will be rescheduled in
late Fall 2021 - specific date to be determined.

Hilton Carillon Hotel - St. Petersburg, Florida

Further details coming soon! 


Upcoming Events

Monthly Membership Meeting & CLEs 2nd Thursday of the Month

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:  Yvonne DeAntoneo 

Send an email to Yvonne at president@tbpa.org 

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. Any questions regarding membership may be directed to the 2nd VP/Membership Chair at membership@tbpa.org.

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Florida Bar News

The Florida Bar News recently posted a very interesting article on March 21, 2019 titled Survey Looks at Paralegal Salaries that discusses paralegal's salaries.  "Sixty-two percent of Florida law firms use paralegals and 51 percent of those say their paralegals averaged more than 1,000 billable hours last year"  Do you know what average salaries for paralegals are where you live?  Take a look at the full article here.

In a recent FRP News email from the Florida Bar, Shelly Zambo, FRP wrote the following:  "The Florida Bar FRP Enrichment Committee is on the Move." The future is bright for Florida Registered Paralegals. The inaugural meeting of the Florida Bar’s newly-formed Florida Registered Paralegal Enrichment Committee was held at the Bar’s Winter Meeting on January 18, 2019 in Orlando. The mission of the Paralegal Enrichment Committee is to bring more awareness to the legal community as to how valuable Florida Registered Paralegals are to the legal profession.

See the entire email here.



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