Welcome to the SJPA Website!

Thank you for visiting our website!  The SJPA is a voluntary, non-profit organization composed of paralegals, students, vendors and sponsors who study and/or work in a variety of areas in the legal field. SJPA members are dedicated to promoting the paralegal profession by networking, offering continuing legal education classes, to name a few.

A bit of history - in June 1985, the SJPA became the 33rd association member of the National Federation of Paralegal Association which represents paralegal associations throughout the Nation. Additionally, the SJPA continues to play an active role in the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Paralegal Committee. In 2010, we began offering our members the opportunity to be credentialed through the New Jersey Certified Paralegal Program and currently have over 50 members certified! Most recently, in May 2013, SJPA celebrated its 30 year anniversary of incorporation.

On March 1st, SJPA announced its annual Scholarship topic.  This year the scholarship amount has been increased to $1,000 so be sure to check out the requirements and get those essays submitted.  (Click here to download the flyer and application).  Also, a reminder that our Paralegal Educational Symposium is March 28th.  This is a “don’t miss” event!  (Click here for more information).  And if that is not enough, SJPA just announced the formation of its Recognition Committee.  Nominate a fellow paralegal who deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments.  (Application).  The past few months have really gone by quickly.  Focusing on the remainder of the year, the Board is busy arranging our elections dinner meeting in May; our installation dinner meeting in June as well as CLE’s and a Workshop for students.  Please take a minute and explore our website. You will find useful information on membership, benefits, calendar of events, NJCP information and contact information for all of our Board members right here at your fingertips.  Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any other board member with comments or suggestions.  Behind every successful attorney is an exhausted paralegal!

Becky Reedy, NJCP

New Jersey Certified Paralegal Program

South Jersey Paralegal Association is pleased to announce that it is offering a voluntary certification program to those individuals who choose to become a NJCP (New Jersey Certified Paralegal) providing paralegal employees and employers with a benchmark to determine qualified individuals who are competent to provide legal services under the supervision of an attorney. Certain educational and experience criteria are required. Click here to access the Plan documents and application. For further information, please contact:
Christi Valerio at deliveryservices@sjpaparalegals.org.

SJPA Scholarship

Soheila Nikpour - winner of the 2013 Scholarship
Peirce College

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  The annual Paralegal Educational Symposium was held on
March 28, 2014. 

Enterprise Center
BCC Enterprise Center
3331 Route 38, Mount Laurel, NJ

On March 28, 2014 SJPA held its 3rd annual Paralegal Educational Symposium (PES) at The Enterprise Center located on the campus of Burlington County College in Mount Laurel, NJ.  This was a full day educational convention for local paralegals.  The program is designed to provide education to different experience levels of all paralegals by breaking the sessions into three categories:  Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.  Some of the topics included Workman’s Compensation, Stress Relief, How to Navigate “The Cloud” and a Paralegal Roundtable with 5 different areas of law covered.
Over 25 door prizes, which were donated by the sponsors and vendors, were awarded.  Some of the winners received $50.00 and $25.00 bank gift cards, Phillies tickets, and movies tickets.
There were over 100 local paralegals in attendance, who were treated to a continental breakfast, a hot buffet lunch and afternoon snack to keep their energy up for learning.
This convention is a labor of love for the PES Committee (comprised of some SJPA board and non-board members) to provide a networking and learning event for paralegals in our area.  The goal of this event is to provide an affordable, local, professional convention for paralegals to network and learn how to make themselves more valuable to their employers.  It is SJPA’s intention to provide this convention annually.  Hope to see you there next year.
Dawn Moskalow, PES Chairwoman