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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


Dear TBPA Members and Guests:

Exciting News! TBPA’s 2023 Annual Seminar date is set for Friday, April 21, 2023, at a new location: The Hilton Tampa Downtown!  Our Seminar Committee is starting to work on the Seminar Theme, lining up Speakers and Topics. If you have any suggestions for speakers or topics, please reach out to the seminar committee now via Seminar@tbpa.org so they can add your comments to have another event focusing on what the local paralegal’s would like to learn about at the seminar. If you would like to join the Seminar Committee, please let us know. We are also seeking Seminar Committee members  -  the more, the merrier!

It’s hard to believe but we are 3 months away from our Annual Membership Meeting with the election of the 2023 Board of Directors. If you are interested in becoming more active with this Association, we welcome you to please consider joining the Board as Director or in an Officer position. It is with our members being active and engaged that this Association continues to be successful! Please reach out to me via president@tbpa.org with your interest.

Other Upcoming Events in 2022:

We are proud to announce that there have been 3 quarterly Pro Bono/Community Service events this year of the Wills For Heroes hosted by the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Many TBPA Members and Guests volunteer helping out either as a notary or witness for estate planning and medical directive documents for our Tampa First Responders (this includes the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Department personnel). The next scheduled Wills For Heroes event will be held on Saturday, October 15th. We will be sending an event invite as the date is closer, so you may sign up as a volunteer. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Pro Bono Chair, Lance Cochran LaFleur by email at probono@tbpa.org

Our Certification Committee is gearing up to offer a Study Group for Certification starting later this fall. The focus will be on studying for the NALA Certified Paralegal Examination. We are finalizing the speakers and video recordings with PowerPoints so this will be a quality review course. The fee for joining the Study Group is $25 for TBPA Members and Students, and $45 for Non-Members. If you are interested in this Study Group, please reach out to our Certification Chair via certification@tbpa.org. Also, there will be an event announcement released closer to the Study Group start date for you to register, so please be on the lookout for the email announcement to sign-up.

To see the entire recent TBPA President's Message, please click on this link.

Thank you!

Melissa J. Cook, FRP

TBPA President

Email: President@tbpa.org

Save the date!

2023 TBPA Seminar

"Spring Training – Sharpen your Skills at the
2023 TBPA 
Annual Conference. Game On!"

will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023

at the Hilton Tampa Downtown!

Details will be announced soon.


Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:30 AM • Hilton Tampa Downtown; 211 N. Tampa St., Tampa, FL
Friday, April 21, 2023 7:00 AM • Hilton Tampa Downtown, Tampa, FL

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:  Melissa J. Cook, FRP

Send an email to Melissa 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.

Thank you to our 2023 Seminar Diamond Sponsors!

Interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 2023 Seminar?

If you are interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 2023 TBPA Seminar, scheduled to be held on April 21, 2023 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, we are now accepting registration and commitments. At this time, we are limited to 20 vendor tables for the Sponsors/Exhibitors, so don't wait to secure your Sponsorship/Exhibitor space. Please download the 2023 Seminar Prospectus for details. If you have any questions, please contact the Seminar Committee at Seminar@tbpa.org

Interested in being a Monthly CLE Sponsor?

We welcome Sponsors for our future 2023 Monthly CLE Events held at The University Club.  Download the Commitment Form and complete today to secure your preferred monthly event date!  Month's are starting to fill-up! Email your completed Monthly CLE Event Commitment to monthlycle@tbpa.org to secure your 2023 Monthly CLE Sponsorship.

Sign up for a Monthly Lunch & Learn Event and be recognized here during the month of your sponsorship and on the Month's Lunch & Learn Event Emails!

TBPA December 2022 Holiday Event Sponsorships:

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