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IMPORTANT GLPA BYLAWS - MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

Criteria for Membership: All membership applications must be reviewed according to the Association’s Bylaws and §3.5 (C) of the Bylaws of NFPA. Pursuant to our Association’s Bylaws, as of the date of the application; the Association has the authority to investigate any questionable membership application submitted to the Board. Attorneys not eligible to practice law in any state, whether by suspension or disbarment, are not eligible for membership in the Association; and any person convicted of a felony or who is currently incarcerated is not eligible for membership in the Association. In addition, as of the date of the application:

Active Member. A person who is currently employed as a paralegal performing substantive legal tasks under the supervision and direction of a licensed attorney AND meets one (1) of the following requirements as of the date of application may apply for admission to the Association as an active member:

  1. Has a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from an ABA-accredited institution or a paralegal studies program that is not ABA approved but meets the substantive legal studies requirements pursuant to the ABA guidelines; or
  2. Has a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree in any field plus a minimum nine-month certification in paralegal studies or a certificate from an ABA-accredited institution in paralegal studies; or
  3. Has earned the distinction of Registered Paralegal (RP®) or CORE Registered Paralegal (CRP) as accredited by NFPA or Certified Paralegal (CP) as accredited by the National Association of Legal Assistants and is in good standing; or
  4. Does not meet the requirements in a-c above and includes with his/her application a letter from his/her supervising attorney attesting to his/her employment as a paralegal and to his/her performance of substantive legal tasks.

“Substantive legal tasks” include, but are not limited to, case planning, development, and management; legal research; interviewing clients; fact gathering and retrieving information; drafting and analyzing legal documents; collecting, compiling, and utilizing technical information to make an independent decision and recommendation to the supervising attorney.

Associate Member. A person who meets active membership requirements but is not currently employed as a paralegal performing substantive legal tasks under the supervision and direction of a licensed attorney or an active member who is retired from the paralegal profession as of the date of application may apply for admission to the Association as an associate member. Associate members shall not be permitted voting privileges and shall not be eligible to serve as officers or directors of the Association.

Student Member. A person who is enrolled full time or part time in a paralegal studies program at an ABA-accredited institution or a paralegal studies program that is not ABA approved but meets the substantive legal studies requirements pursuant to the ABA guidelines and is in good standing with the program may apply for admission to the Association as a student member. Student members shall not be permitted voting privileges and shall not be eligible to serve as officers or directors of the Association.

Sustaining Member. Any licensed attorney, law firm, corporation, law-related business, institution or paralegal educator interested in supporting the Association may apply for admission to the Association as a sustaining member. Sustaining members shall not be permitted voting privileges and shall not be eligible to serve as officers or directors of the Association.

Adjunct Members. A person who is a member of another paralegal association (excluding college-related student associations) and who is not otherwise qualified for active membership as of the date of application may apply for admission to the Association as an adjunct member. Adjunct members shall not be permitted voting privileges and shall not be eligible to serve as officers and directors of the Association.

Membership Dues: The renewal of annual dues shall be payable on December 1 and shall be received no later than February 1 of the following calendar year. No dues will be accepted after October 15 for the current year but will be applied to the following year. Members who join the Association during the calendar year and prior to October 15 shall pay the entire amount of the annual dues.


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Address: Greater Lexington Paralegal Association, P.O. Box 574, Lexington, KY 40588

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