Welcome to the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association's website!

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

A Message from TBPA's President:


It's hard to believe that we're already into October and the kids have been back in school for many weeks now.  It still feels like summer here in Florida, but I am ready for the fall weather to come and stay for a while. How about you? 

The Seminar Committee has been hard at work planning our Annual Seminar which is scheduled for Friday, November 1, 2019, as well as our 20th Anniversary Celebration!  You can find all the details on the Seminar and Celebration on our website.  If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible as space is limited and we're expecting a sell-out this year! We have lined up some wonderful speakers for the Seminar and the Celebration is going to be a blast! We look forward to seeing you there!

TBPA's 1st Vice President, Valerie Cisco, and I will be attending NFPA's Annual Convention on behalf of TBPA.  The Convention is being held in Rochester, NY from Thursday, October 10, 2019 through Sunday, October 13, 2019.  If you have any questions for NFPA's leadership please email me at president@tbpa.org. Keep any eye out for our Convention Report which will be posted on TBPA's website towards the end of October. 

Our last Wills for Heroes ("WFH") event for 2019 is being held on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  See our WFH event announcement, or click here, for more information on volunteering for this worthwhile cause. We will let you know as soon as dates for 2020 are set.

Please be sure to check out all of the job listings on the employment opportunities tab under the members' only section!

Here are a few important announcements:

VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING LUNCHEONS:   The Tampa Club has informed us that they have increased the rates for our luncheons beginning in July 2019. 

Since July 2017, TBPA has been charged $18.87 for each meal, including tax and gratuity, provided at our monthly Lunch & Learn meetings.  We have been absorbing the additional cost between The Tampa Club's charge and the $16.50 we collect from our members.  With the planned rate increase our new cost, with tax & gratuity, will be $20.18 per person. 

TBPA's Board of Directors has investigated other venues and determined that at this time The Tampa Club remains the best option for our organization and, therefore, voted to increase the luncheon prices from $16.50 to $19.50 for members, and from $25.00 to $28.00 for guests, beginning with the August, 2019 luncheon.   As a member benefit, TBPA will once again absorb the difference between the new member rate of $19.50 and our actual cost.

Also, remember that the parking rate has increased from $2.00 to $3.00!


Did you know that all TBPA members are welcome to attend the monthly Board meetings?  If you are interested in joining us on any second Monday of the month, our meetings start at 5:45 p.m., and are currently held at the offices of Quarles & Brady, LLP.  Please email president@tbpa.org if you are interested in attending as you will need access into the building.


Elections for TBPA's Board of Directors will be upon us very soon.  Many of our Board Members have served you for many years in various capacities and are looking forward to passing the baton on to TBPA's next leaders.  Please consider declaring for a position as an officer or director on TPBA's 2020 Board.  Information regarding each board position is available on our website, or just reach out to any one of our Board Members.  They all will be happy to share their experiences.  Remember one of TBPA's stated purposes is "To advance, foster and promote the paralegal profession...,"  Your Chosen Profession.  Is it your time to "advance, foster and promote" your profession?  An email will be sent out in October with more information, as well as the Declaration of Candidacy.  


TBPA's Annual Seminar will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Hilton at CarillonPark.  This year's theme is "2019 Legal Symposium - 20 Years of Paralegal Excellence & Counting!"  You won't want to miss this Seminar so be sure to save the date on your calendar and register today!

CERTIFICATION INFORMATION: We are still looking for CP, ACP, FCP, RP and CRP members willing to volunteer to lead certification workshops for our members interested in taking the NALA Certified Paralegal Exam (CP), or NFPA's certification exams, PACE (RP) or PCCE (CRP).  Participation would consist of teaching a specific area of law and/or topic on the exam. This workshop will likely be conducted on a Saturday and will be an all-day event.  If you are interested in lending your skills to further the advancement of your fellow TBPA members, please contact our Certification Chair, Irene Medina at certification@tbpa.org

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.

In conclusion, I encourage you to email me, or any other Board Members, with your ideas, comments and suggestions on how we can continue to grow TBPA and serve the needs of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Community.  Each of our contact emails are located on TBPA's website. 

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


Barbara C. O'Shaughnessy, FRP

President, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.



SAVE THE DATES:         

Save the Date for NFPA’s Annual Convention – October 10-13, 2019 Rochester, NY

Save the Date for TBPA's Annual Seminar & 20th Anniversary Celebration – November 1, 2019 @ the Hilton Carillon Park Hotel, St. Petersburg, FL 

Save the Date for NFPA's Joint Conference - April 24-26, 2020 TAMPA, FLORIDA - HOSTED BY TBPA

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.



Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 17, 2019 11:45 AM • The Tampa Club, 42nd Floor, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL
Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:00 AM • Hillsborough County Bar Association - 1610 North Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Friday, November 01, 2019 8:00 AM • Hilton Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Friday, November 01, 2019 5:00 PM • Hilton Carillon, N. St. Petersburg, 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:  Barbara O'Shaughnessy, FRP 

Send an email to Barbara 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.

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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.



Interested in Sponsoring the 2019 Seminar as a Bronze Sponsor?

Check out the Seminar Sponsor Page & download the Seminar Prospectus now!

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