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President’s Message

Welcome to the official website of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (“PAF”), affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (“NALA”). PAF was incorporated in 1976 and formed for the purpose of promoting and enhancing the paralegal profession in the State of Florida. PAF has nearly 1,000 members statewide with 11 Chapters and still growing. The primary goals of PAF are contained on the Association’s website. PAF is dedicated to the promotion of the paralegal profession, including providing opportunities for members to:

  • Network with colleagues and others in the legal community;
  • Attain certification in Florida law via the FCP credential;
  • Attend CP/CLA Review Courses offered by our local chapters;
  • Attend continuing legal education events via Chapter sponsored seminars (Spring and  Fall); and
  • Receive information about events impacting the paralegal profession.

PAF has 11 Chapters throughout the state which meet on a monthly basis, thus providing networking opportunities and superior continuing legal education credits. The Chapter meeting provides a substantive law speaker. Many Chapters maintain job banks, offer scholarships to members wishing to attain their CP/CLA or FCP designations, and also have monthly newsletters to keep members apprised of issues affecting the local legal community and activities within the Chapter.

PAF is the first association to offer a state certification exam for individuals who have attained the CP/CLA designation and desire to pursue additional credentials. The FCP exam is offered in conjunction with the University of Central Florida. For more information about this exam and/or the CP/CLA exam, please check our “Certifications” page on our website.

Communication with our members is a vital aspect of our organization. Each member receives a copy of our quarterly publication “In Brief,” which provides the latest information on the profession, information relating to NALA and the CP exam, articles on substantive law, and also publish an electronic newsletter, “In Brief…Briefly,” providing time-sensitive information to our members.

PAF strives to help its’ members better assist the legal community in fulfilling its duty to their clients and the public.

Patricia C. DeRamus, ACP, FRP

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