National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc,
Founded in 1974, NFPA was the first national paralegal association. Created as a non-profit federation, NFPA is an issues-driven, policy-oriented professional association directed by its membership. It is comprised of more than 50 member associations and represents over 11,000 individual members reflecting a broad range of experience, education and diversity. It was also the first national association to have a website (www.paralegals.org). NFPA’s Mission Statement and Core Purpose delineate its dedication to the advancement of the paralegal profession and leadership in the legal community.
NFPA prides itself on the professionalism of its members and routinely monitors legislation, case law, proposed changes to the rules of responsibility and ethics opinions that affect the paralegal profession. Since its inception, NFPA has assisted the profession in addressing many issues associated with the growth and expanded role of the paralegal.
NFPA’s Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement delineates the ethical guidelines and standards for conduct to which all paralegals should aspire. This document has received wide acceptance throughout the legal community. It expresses the commitment of NFPA’s membership to increasing the quality and efficiency of legal services and recognizes the profession’s responsibility to the legal community and consumers. NFPA does not support the unauthorized practice of law. Further, NFPA provides its members with information related to decisions and changes in ethics rules and regulations on an ongoing basis, and the NFPA Ethics Board regularly submits opinions on relevant topics.