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
MAPA Member Earns CP Credential
Congratulations to Laura Gerum, CP of the Wisconsin Department of Justice who recently earned the Certified Paralegal (CP) credential! Laura joins 78 other paralegals in the State of Wisconsin and 19,183 paralegals nationwide who have attained this goal since it started in 1978.
Of additional note, 11 of the 43 active Wisconsin Certified Paralegals are members of MAPA!
Click here to see CP Exam Data by State.
MAPA Member Earns ACP Credential
Congratulations to Tiffany Storch, ACP of Boardman & Clark LLP who has completed the Advanced Paralegal Certification Program on Automobile Accidents. This certification program is offered by NALA to those paralegals who have obtained their Certified Paralegal (CP) designation. To achieve this advanced certification, Tiffany completed six modules in the area of Automobile Accidents.
New CP Exam Coming in 2018
The NALA Certifying Board provides oversight for the development and ongoing maintenance of the Certified Paralegal examination. The Certifying Board approved the new structure for the CP examination effective January 2018 due to results of the recent job analysis, improvements in technology, and recent refinements by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
The new exam structure allows for a new format and content, quicker exam results, and more testing windows!
To read all the new exam specifications click here.
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 September 2017 NALA Newsletter
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