Madison Area Paralegal Association (MAPA) is a non-profit organization affiliated with NALA - The Paralegal Association. We are a strong group of paralegals, legal professionals and students who live and work in Madison, Wisconsin and the surrounding areas. MAPA's primary purposes are to provide educational opportunities for professional development and to promote the paralegal profession.
Message from the President:
This year MAPA celebrates 25 years of continuing service and educational support to the Madison metro area and its members. As a local non-profit of more than 100 members strong, MAPA represents all facets of the legal community, from private industry practices, large on-the-square firms, small specialty law offices, to local, state and federal government agencies and branches, and as the legal industry evolves we strive to better our members and help them respond to their changing environments through education, networking and mentorship.
Promoting education means a great deal to us and we have dedicated ourselves to reaching back and extending a hand to our future contributors by awarding an annual scholarship to promote the paralegal profession. MAPA continues to provide nationally certified and on-topic learning opportunities to its members throughout the year. Professional certification is a voluntary process and an individual decision which is respected by both employers and those in the legal field, and to this end, we would like to encourage and help further the education of our members to meet their individual and professional goals.
Reinvesting in our community through charity work and volunteer time is the foundation of a higher ethical and professional standard. I encourage and support our members who participate with organizations such as the Small Claims Assistance Center, Joining Forces for Families, the YWCA, the Veteran's Law Center and the UW Law School Pro Bono Programs Department. I encourage MAPA members to volunteer, become active on a committee, attend an educational luncheon, offer to mentor, or join us at one of our open networking events.
Tibby Torhorst, President
Madison Area Paralegal Association
News & Announcements
Congratulations to MAPA member Jennifer M. Devine, ACP who was recently appointed to NALA’s Certifying Board!
The Certified Paralegal program of NALA has been a nationally recognized professional credential for almost 40 years. It was established in 1976 to create strong and responsive standards of self-regulation. On April 30, 2014 the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the NALA Certified Paralegal examination. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and was created to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. More information can be found at this link:http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/NCCA
Jennifer is part of a Certifying Board composed of Certified Paralegals, attorneys, and paralegal educators who administer the certification program and work with NALA staff to administer the program. Members of the Certifying Board are responsible for: grading the Skills Exam, disciplinary actions involving Certified Paralegals and examinees, appeals by Certified Paralegals regarding the loss or potential loss of their credentials, appeals by examinees, and other matters relating to the exam and certification.
Special NALA Promotion for Affiliate Members:
A special $25 rate for a one-year subscription to Facts & Findings is being offered to members of NALA affiliate associations to encourage sustained membership in the affiliate associations and to introduce the advantages of individual membership in NALA.
Upcoming Webinars! NALA has a new and improved webinar platform and pricing. 1.5 hour webinars are $39/$59 for members and non-members, and 2 hour webinars are $49/$69 for members and non-members. See the Education & Social Tab for the latest topics!
Click here to read the February 2018 NALA Newsletter
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