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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


Hello TBPA Members!


It has been a while since I’ve sent an email out in my capacity as President, which is soon coming to a close. I am excited that Erika Burgos Blackburn is stepping up after me. However, she and the rest of TBPA can only succeed with your help. Author, Andrew Sullivan once said, “Unlike a variety of other relationships, friendship requires an acknowledgement by both parties that they are involved or it fails to exist.” This same sentiment applies to our great association. We need more involvement!

I hear you out there: “I am so busy!” or  “My job is crazy!”

We are all busy and have crazy jobs, that is what makes us all GREAT paralegals. I am personally asking you to involve yourself in the Board of your association. TBPA is only as good as its members and we do have great members!

If you’ve served in the past, please consider serving again. If you’ve never served before and don’t think you have it in you, you’re wrong. You do! All of the members who are able to stay on the Board would love to help you along. New paralegals are not the only ones that can have mentors – “seasoned” Board members are thrilled to help mentor new Board members who are just too nervous to take the leap into leadership. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” —Ambrose Redmoon

So, please. I am personally asking you to consider helping this great TBPA Board. At the very least, you will get to know some of your fellow members much better than had you not served with them, but for a certainty, you can walk away with a sense of accomplishment. The deadline to declare for a position on the Board is October 23rd. And WE need you!

As you may have seen in email last week, a call is hereby issued for declarations of candidacy for the following Officer and Director positions for the Board of Directors for the fiscal year 2018:

President-Elect * First Vice-President * Second Vice-President * Secretary * Treasurer

Director of Technology * Director Certification/Student Relations * Director of Legal Affairs

Director of Seminars * Director of Luncheons

Director of Member Services

ELIGIBILITY: As a prerequisite for candidacy, Officers and Directors must be employed as paralegals and must be active members in good standing of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association at the time of the filing of their declaration and at the time of election. Additionally, candidates for the Office of President must have served a minimum of one year on the Board of Directors in the capacity of President-Elect immediately prior to seeking the Office of President. For further eligibility requirements, please refer to the Bylaws and Standing Rules of this Association.

REQUIREMENTS: Members wishing to declare for any Officer or Director position must complete and Sign Declaration for Candidacy (click Declaration page.pdf) which shall include the endorsement of three (3) active members of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association. All Declarations for Candidacy shall be postmarked by October 23, 2017.

Pursuant to Article 4.23 (a) of the Bylaws of this Association, nominations may also be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting, but require the Nominee's signature, as well as the endorsement of three (3) active members. Please see the Secretary for the appropriate form to be completed prior to the commencement of the Annual Meeting.

Declarations with appropriate endorsements shall be delivered by U.S. Mail, postmarked no later than Monday, October 23. 2017 to: Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc., P.O. Box 2840, Tampa, FL 33601, Attn: Nominations & Elections Chair. You may also email your Declaration to TBPA secretary at Secretary@tbpa.org.

Please reach out to me with any questions regarding any of these positions, what they entail, and how you can help.

Lastly, Harry Truman once said, “In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” So I am asking you to realize there are leadership qualities within you and to seize an opportunity to serve your fellow members.


Dana Martinez-Jones, ACP

President, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.



Upcoming Events:           


November 16, 2017: Annual Elections Meeting; Swearing-In of Board Members; the Honorable Judge Joelle Ober will provide the membership with a presentation on Ethics.  (1 Hour of Ethics CLE credit approved)

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

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 and you would like to share that information, please feel free to reach out to me at president@tbpa.org.


Your TBPA Board has exciting plans for the continued growth of this great membership, so stay tuned! We just know you will be as excited as we are!


Until next time,

Dana Martinez-Jones, ACP
President, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.


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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:  Dana Martinez-Jones, ACP

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

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