Renewal Application Instructions & Information
RE: Montgomery County Paralegal Association 2017 Membership Drive
Thank you for your membership and interest in MCPA during 2016.
We currently have over 100 members who work in law firms, corporations, banks, life insurance companies, our local courthouses, nonprofit organizations, as well as freelance and virtual paralegal positions.
The MCPA continues to maintain its membership with the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations and the National Association of Paralegal Associations so that the MCPA may continue working to promote the paralegal profession in Pennsylvania and across the country.
It is once again time for our annual membership drive. For 2017 dues received by February 10, 2017, are $75 for Voting Members, $60 for Associate Members, $30 for Student Members. For renewals received after that date, the fees increase by $5 to $80 for Voting Members, $65 for Associate Members, and $35 for Student Members. MCPA annual dues include the yearly membership dues to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. and the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations.
If you are currently a Voting, Associate or Student member and wish to renew in the same classification, please complete the three page form attached with this letter. If you wish to change membership categories, please complete the Application for Membership found on our Association’s web page at www.montcoparalegals.org.
Please return your completed form along with a check made payable to “MCPA” to the address listed on the Renewal Form. Return your Renewal Form by February 10, 2017, to ensure that you remain on our mailing list and ListServ and to take advantage of last year’s membership rates.
New Members are always welcome. Please feel free to copy and share this mailing with your colleagues and friends who may be interested in the MCPA. Applications for new members can be found on our Association’s webpage at www.montcoparalegals.org.
Remember to check the Association’s website frequently as we update the website regularly with Association news and events. Also check us out on Facebook and LinkedIn.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION
Tracey L. Barnes, RP, Pa. C.P.
Chairperson, Membership Committee
Voting Member: Any person currently employed as a paralegal, legal assistant or any equivalent position and/or who performs paralegal duties as the primary work activity.
$75 on or before 2/10/2017; $80 after 2/10/2017
Associate Member: Any person who has recently graduated from a formal course of study, upon the completion of which such person is qualified to be employed as a paralegal; Any person whose primary responsibilities and job classification are not paralegal but does perform paralegal duties on a limited basis (full time paralegals do not qualify as Associate Members and must apply as Voting Members); Any person previously employed as a paralegal or equivalent position, subject to approval of the Board and Membership Committee.
$60 on or before 2/10/2017; $65 after 2/10/2017.
Student Member: Any person who is enrolled in a formal course of study, upon completion of which such person would be qualified to be employed as a paralegal, shall be eligible for membership as a “student member”. If applying for a Student Membership you must submit the name of your school and anticipated graduation date.
$30 on or before 2/10/2017; $35 after 2/10/2017.
Dual Member: Any person who is a member, whether voting, student, or associate, of another NFPA-affiliated paralegal association and whose membership dues to NFPA have been paid through such other association for the current year. If applying for a Dual Membership you must include the name of the other NFPA Affiliated Association to which you are a member.
- Dual Voting $50 before 2/10/2017; $55 after 2/10/2017
- Dual Student $25 before 2/10/2017; $30 after 2/10/2017
NEWSLETTER: Prepare a bi-monthly Association newsletter consisting of information from committees and any other material which is determined to be of value to the general membership; solicit and write articles for newsletter; review newsletters from other associations
CONTINUING EDUCATION: Responsible for preparation and issuance of CLE certificates after monthly meetings and obtaining appropriate pre-approval of post-approval for same. Responsible for creating and promoting continuing education seminars during the year.
PACE/CRP: Led by PACE/CRP Coordinator, who is the liaison between MCPA and NFPA on all PACE- and CRP-related issues. Responsible for organizing PACE and CRP Study Groups, obtaining and distributing PACE and CRP information and materials to members, and keeping the Board and General Membership apprised of PACE and CRP developments.
PLANNING: Organize and promote monthly general membership meetings on a variety of topics throughout the year and must schedule a minimum of nine meetings a year.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Assist in identifying worthy organizations in the Montgomery County area for collections of food, clothing, gift cards at the MCPA general membership meetings and special holiday collections. The MCPA also organizes volunteer opportunities for members, such as helping to serve at Manna on Main, “cheerleading” at Villanova University’s Special Olympics Fall Fest. Ideas for new volunteer opportunities are always welcome.
STUDENT AFFAIRS: The committee provides a range of services and support to students who are interested in developing a career in the paralegal field. The mentoring program will enhance and encourage students to develop a professional relationship with experienced paralegals in all areas of the law. A mentor acts as a counselor, or guide, who assists the student in setting and achieving goals for developing career direction and skills. Committee also recruits student members by attending networking events and speaking at local colleges.
MARKETING: Assists other committees with the promotion and funding of Association meetings, seminars and other activities. Solicits sponsors for the Association as well as advertisement for the newsletter. Find those sponsors where the benefits of their sponsorship would be beneficial to Association as well as the sponsor.
JOB BANK: Maintain contact with all associations in Pennsylvania and surrounding states as well as periodically contact area businesses in relation to paralegal job openings; disseminate information to MCPA members requesting notification of employment opportunities.
PUBLIC RELATIONS: Assist other committees with promotion of activities, seminars, meetings, activities, etc.; advertise and prepare press releases to the legal community and general public on MCPA functions or activities; organize and coordinate community outreach activities; maintain and update any association brochures; prepare a list of resources and maintain documents, banner and promotional items for distribution as needed.
MEMBERSHIP: Responsible for maintaining membership database for new and renewing members, effecting the annual membership drive, and preparing welcome packets for new members as well as developing programs to promote membership.
WEBSITE: Shall provide timely information to members, the paralegal profession and the general public through MCPA’s website. The committee will also be responsible for website maintenance such as providing updates, removing any dated material and adding pertinent current material as well as monitor MCPA’s Email Account