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DELAWARE PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION

 The First Stop for Paralegals in the First State

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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

    • May 26, 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
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    Crime Month – City of Newark Alderman’s Court

    Please join the Delaware Paralegal Association on Thursday, May 26, 2022,  as we welcome Robert “Bobbie” O’Neill, Esquire. Bobbie will share with us his experience as the Deputy Solicitor for the City of Newark. The Alderman’s Court falls under the jurisdiction of the State of Delaware Chief Justice. Cases heard by the Alderman cover topics such as Building Code, Animal Code, Alcohol, Disorderly Conduct Violations, Parking and Traffic. 

    Please note the start time for this CLE is 3:00 p.m.

    The CLE will be held via Zoom so all counties can participate, and a registration link will be emailed the day prior to the event.  We hope to "see" you all there! 

    This qualifies for 1.0 hour of CLE credit for members of the Delaware Certified Paralegal Program.


    • June 14, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Route 9 Library and Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, DE
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    Join us for a rare night out with the Seniors! Wills for Seniors Clinic on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center, located at 3022 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, DE.

    Our partner, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services (DVLS), has teamed up with the Delaware Barristers Association to provide free, late afternoon legal estate planning services to a small group of seniors. Senior citizens meet with volunteer attorneys who draft a basic will, advanced medical directive, and power of attorney. These documents are prepared onsite, executed, and finalized the same day.

    Approximately 4 to 6 volunteers are needed for notarizing, witnessing, and if necessary, drafting assistance. Delaware Notary is required, witnesses must be over 18 years of age.

    If you are a Delaware Certified Paralegal (DCP), you would earn 1 CLE credit towards renewing your DCP certification by volunteering for this clinic.

    For the safety of seniors, volunteers may be asked to wear a mask while volunteering at the clinic. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Pro Bono Director.

    • June 16, 2022
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sheraton Suites- Downtown Wilmington
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    CLE #1: 9:30am - 10:30am – Our first CLE, “Social Media: Discovery, Ethics, Evidence, & Sanctions”, will be presented by Kevin Fox & Christa Chakejian from Veritext.  

    CLE #2: 10:45am - 11:45am – For our second CLE, we will be joined by a representative from the Office of Defense Services.  Please check back for more information and the topic that will be announced shortly


    Buffet Lunch to be served including:

    Caesar Salad with Creamy Caesar Dressing

    Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

    Chicken Marsala

    Baked Ziti or Penne Vodka 

    Chef’s Selection of Seasonal Vegetables

    Oven Roasted Potatoes

    Chef’s Selection of Dessert

    Assorted Rolls & Butter

    Freshly brewed Starbucks regular & decaffeinated coffee, assorted Tazo teas, iced tea and water

    One CLE Session Only $10 members, $30 non-members

    Both CLE Sessions Only $20 members, $60 non-members

    One CLE Session & Lunch $35 members, $65 non-members

    Lunch Only $25 members, $35 non-members

    Both CLE Sessions and Lunch $45 members, $95 non-members


    The vendor exhibit hall will run from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. with setup beginning at 11:00 a.m.

    Buffet style Luncheon will take place at 12:30p.m. 


    Please register NO LATER THAN Friday, June 3, 2022

    Remember to bring business cards for a chance to win prizes from our vendor exhibits!

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    Three new and improved Vendor/Sponsorship options to choose from: 

    Gold: $500 - Includes 6’ ft. Vendor Table + 4 Lunch Tickets + Logo on our Sponsorship Board + Opportunity to briefly address the membership about your business

    Silver: $350 - Includes 6’ ft. Vendor Table + 2 Lunch Tickets + Logo on our Sponsorship Board

    Bronze: $250 - Includes 6’ ft. Vendor Table + 1 Lunch Ticket

    Sustaining Members- Receive free 6'ft. Vendor Table + purchase lunch tickets for $25


    Each additional attendee must purchase a lunch ticket

    for $35 during registration. 

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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.


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