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The Delaware Paralegal Association (DPA) is a comprehensive resource to paralegals in the state of Delaware. Providing a complete network of employment, educational, and pro bono opportunities to its over 300 members, DPA is committed to promoting and maintaining high standards within the legal community of the first state.

 A paralegal is a person qualified by education or work experience who is authorized to perform tasks requiring substantive legal knowledge that would otherwise by law, rule or ethics be performed exclusively by an attorney.

 We invite you to explore the resources and opportunities offered to paralegals by the Delaware Paralegal Association.




OUR MISSION

To promote and maintain high standards and ethics in the profession, to provide a forum for the exchange of information about the profession, to enhance the role of paralegals in the legal community and to encourage the continuing legal education of paralegals. 

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Upcoming events

    • December 02, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • December 08, 2021
    • 5:00 PM
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    The DPA is not holding an annual holiday luncheon this year. However, we are not letting that stop us from making a Delaware veteran or child in the foster care system smile this holiday season!

    Once again, the DPA is working with Delaware's Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families, and the Veterans Administration Hospital to make this holiday season extra special, and we need YOU to make it happen!

    Sign up for your Angel Tree recipient TODAY!

    1) Register below

    2) Choose a foster child, a veteran, or multiple recipients who are part of a family unit. The veteran program includes a veteran, or an immediate member of the veteran's family.

    3) You will receive an e-mail from Claudine Smith, Pro Bono Director, with details about your recipient, such as gender/age/size and their gift wish list. The veteran program requests that a fun gift, and a practical gift, are purchased. Youth & Family Services has a lot of older kids and teens this year.

    4) Purchase and wrap your gift(s)

    5) Several drop off locations throughout Delaware and Cecil County, MD.

    6) Deadline for gifts to be dropped off at a location is Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Contact the Site Contact prior to dropping your gifts off to ensure a smooth gift transition.  The locations and Site Contacts will be sent with the information your gift recipient. 

    Contact Claudine Smith, Pro Bono Director, at cbetsch71@gmail.com, should you have any questions.  Get your firm involved as this is an excellent holiday community event for the whole firm!

    YOU can make all the difference this holiday season for someone in need!


Past events

December 01, 2021 DPA Special Meeting - Revision to Bylaws
November 23, 2021 The CDS and Alta: Substitutes for the HUD-1 Settlement Statement
October 24, 2021 Wills for Seniors
October 22, 2021 Litigating Medical Malpractice Cases in Delaware
October 12, 2021 Newsletter Deadline
September 15, 2021 Real Estate Law - The Basics of Title Insurance
June 17, 2021 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting
June 17, 2021 2021 Annual Meeting CLE #2 - Enforcing Animal Welfare: Who's Job Is It And How Can You Help?
June 17, 2021 2021 Annual Meeting CLE #1 - A Fight With Unintended Consequences
May 18, 2021 Delaware Paralegal Association’s May Crime CLE Event #2 – Removing the Blindfold: Ethics in Criminal Law
May 11, 2021 DPA Board Meeting
May 04, 2021 Delaware Paralegal Association’s May CLE Crime Event #1 - Murder for Hire
April 14, 2021 2021 DPA National Affairs Event - "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Cultural Evolution" with Dr. Devona E.G. Williams
April 13, 2021 DPA Board Meeting
March 31, 2021 Nuts & Bolts of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, the Trustee's Role
March 09, 2021 DPA Board Meeting
February 19, 2021 2021 Delaware High School Virtual Mock Trial Competition
February 10, 2021 How the Delaware Social Security Administration Deals with Disability
February 09, 2021 DPA Board Meeting
January 20, 2021 Medicaid Planning w/ Karla B. Levinson
January 12, 2021 DPA Board Meeting
December 17, 2020 Delaware Election Law
December 10, 2020 Angel Tree Holiday Gift Drive
December 08, 2020 DPA Board Meeting
November 10, 2020 MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Medical Marijuana
October 21, 2020 DOL/EEOC Charge of Discrimination Maze: A Step by Step Guide on Assisting a Client Through the Process
September 14, 2020 The Paladin Club Murders
June 18, 2020 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting
June 18, 2020 The Five Dimensions of a Paralegal's Best Self with Carol Waldhauser
June 18, 2020 Ethical Governing in 2020 with Matthew S. Myer
June 18, 2020 Immigration Law with Troy E. Grandel
June 15, 2020 DPA Board Meeting
May 18, 2020 DPA Board Meeting
April 20, 2020 DPA Board Meeting
March 16, 2020 DPA Board Meeting
March 12, 2020 Delaware Election Law
February 21, 2020 2020 Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition
February 20, 2020 Overview of the Delaware Family Court System
February 10, 2020 DPA Board Meeting
February 05, 2020 Beau Biden Foundation
January 22, 2020 File&ServeXpress: Best Practices and Procedures
January 20, 2020 MLK Jr. Day of Service - Wills for Seniors Clinic
January 09, 2020 Pardon & Commutation Filing Rules
December 16, 2019 DPA Board Meeting
December 13, 2019 Sussex County Holiday Luncheon
December 05, 2019 Delaware Paralegal Association - Annual Holiday Luncheon
December 04, 2019 Delaware Paralegal Association Kent County Holiday Luncheon
November 20, 2019 Shhhh!! Filing Under Seal
November 18, 2019 DPA Board Meeting
November 13, 2019 Adoption Laws and various nuances and situations within Delaware
November 01, 2019 DPA Annual Event - Bash at the Beach
October 29, 2019 Alternative Dispute Resolution – Getting to Settled
October 21, 2019 DPA Board Meeting
October 20, 2019 Wills for Seniors Clinic
October 09, 2019 Cocktail Reception hosted by The Byrd Group
September 24, 2019 Relatively Speaking: "Do You Understand Relativity?"
September 19, 2019 Delaware Division of Family Services; What it is, how it works, and how you can help
September 19, 2019 ALA Half Day Seminar
September 16, 2019 DPA Board Meeting
June 21, 2019 Wilmington Blue Rocks vs Frederick
June 21, 2019 Chair Massages
June 20, 2019 Self Defense Training & Tai Chi
June 20, 2019 Annual Meeting & CLEs
June 20, 2019 Transportation to Annual Meeting
June 19, 2019 Social Hour at Easy Speak Spirits
June 18, 2019 CLE on Social Media: Discovery, Ethics, Evidence & Sanctions
June 17, 2019 Social Hour at Tonic Bar and Grille
May 20, 2019 How Not To Get Rejected In Chancery Court
May 16, 2019 DPA Board Meeting
May 04, 2019 My Blue Duffel Day Community Service Project
May 02, 2019 Court of Common Pleas DUI Court Ins and Outs
April 28, 2019 Sunday at the Opera: Scalia/Ginsburg & Trial by Jury
April 18, 2019 DPA Board Meeting
April 18, 2019 National Affairs Luncheon on Ethics & Professionalism for Paralegals/The Fourth Deadly Sin: Sloth Stepping Up Your Game
April 10, 2019 The Importance of Elder Advocates
March 22, 2019 DPA Annual Event - Speakeasy Soiree
March 21, 2019 DPA Board Meeting
March 14, 2019 Bankruptcy Laws
February 22, 2019 2019 Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition
February 21, 2019 DPA Board Meeting
February 21, 2019 Delaware Division of Family Services; What it is, how it works, and how you can help
February 21, 2019 President Lincoln and the Supreme Court
January 28, 2019 Pros and Cons of Outsourcing
January 21, 2019 MLK Jr. Day of Service - Wills for Seniors Clinic
January 17, 2019 DPA Board Meeting - Winter Retreat
December 20, 2018 DPA Board Meeting
December 20, 2018 Annual Holiday Luncheon
December 13, 2018 Kent County Holiday Luncheon
November 29, 2018 Trademarks & Patents: The Basics- Protecting Slogans, Colors, Software Apps and More
November 28, 2018 An In-depth Discussion on Partition Actions
November 17, 2018 Celebrate Pro Bono 5K Run
November 15, 2018 DPA Board Meeting
November 14, 2018 Supreme Court Workshop
November 10, 2018 Wills for Heroes
October 28, 2018 Wills for Seniors Clinic
October 24, 2018 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Decision Making in the Office of the Public Guardian
October 18, 2018 DPA Board Meeting
October 18, 2018 Everything I know, I Learned from my Paralegal: The Critical Role of Paralegals in Workers Comp Litigation
September 25, 2018 Supreme Court Workshop
September 20, 2018 DPA Board Meeting
June 21, 2018 Annual Meeting & CLEs
June 20, 2018 Social Hour
June 19, 2018 Beat the Heat Ice Cream Social
June 18, 2018 DPA Plant Nite
June 10, 2018 Blue Rocks Game
May 10, 2018 Reciprocal Power of Serving
May 10, 2018 Family Law
April 12, 2018 Spotlight on Human Trafficking
April 11, 2018 DUI Laws
March 27, 2018 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
March 15, 2018 Wills and Health Care Directives
March 13, 2018 DPA Night with the 87ers
February 23, 2018 2018 Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition
February 08, 2018 Visitation: Who's Right and When Do the Courts Decide on Supervised Visits?
February 08, 2018 Court Practices with Register in Chancery, Prothonotary and CCP
January 31, 2018 Behind the Bench: Inside Look at Justice from the JP Courts
January 23, 2018 Family Law - Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
January 18, 2018 DPA Board Meeting - Winter Retreat
January 17, 2018 Ethics
January 15, 2018 MLK, Jr. Day of Service - Wills for Seniors Clinic
January 11, 2018 Pop Into The New Year With DPA
December 14, 2017 DPA Board Meeting
December 14, 2017 Special Meeting - Updates to Bylaws
December 14, 2017 New Castle County Holiday Luncheon
December 07, 2017 Kent/Sussex County Holiday Luncheon
November 21, 2017 An In-Depth Discussion on Various Types of Trusts
November 19, 2017 Beau Biden Foundation Run for Child Protection 5K
November 17, 2017 DPA Annual Event - Wine, Cinema and the Judicial Stars of Delaware
November 16, 2017 DPA Board Meeting
November 09, 2017 Superior Court Hot Topics & Lunch with the Honorable Charles H. Toliver IV
November 09, 2017 Elder Law, November 9, 2017
November 02, 2017 Effective Discovery Practices in Civil Litigation
October 29, 2017 Wills for Seniors
October 19, 2017 DPA Board Meeting
October 18, 2017 Court of Common Pleas E-Filing
October 12, 2017 Domestic Violence Intervention Program
October 07, 2017 Wills for Heroes
September 21, 2017 DPA Board Meeting
September 21, 2017 Pardons and Expungements
September 19, 2017 State of Downtown Wilmington: The Good, The Bad and Meeting the Needs of the Legal Community
September 16, 2017 DVLS Pro Bono Celebration 5K Run/Walk
August 10, 2017 Board of Directors Annual Retreat
June 15, 2017 Annual Meeting

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Birthday Wishes Toy Drive

You can give a child who is going through a dark time, a brighter birthday this year. Through our own member, Meredith Hurst's initiative and a sponsorship through the Delaware Paralegal Association, the Birthday Wishes program benefits children in transition, living in a local protection-from-abuse shelters run by Mary Mother of Hope House and Ministry of Caring in Wilmington, DE. Birthday Wishes provides a monthly birthday celebration for these kids and your support will make their birthday celebration extra-special.


It's so easy to help!

Select and purchase a toy from this link:

Birthday Wishes Wishlist

That is all you have to do! The gift you purchased will be delivered to the shelter and given to a child for their birthday during the shelter's monthly birthday party.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to the Pro Bono Director.

2019 Salary Survey

Members can review the results from the 2019 Salary Survey by clicking below:

2019 Salary Survey Article & Results

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