The Capital District Paralegal Association, Inc. (CDPA) was founded in 1993 as the Albany Legal
Assistants Association, Inc. Its purpose is to promote communication among paralegals and to
promote and improve their image as professionals with the legal community as well as the public.
The Association was incorporated in 1995 as a not-for-profit corporation and in 2001 the
Association changed its name to the Capital District Paralegal Association, Inc. CDPA is a member
of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) as well as the Empire State Alliance of
Paralegal Associations (ESAPA).
CDPA publishes an e-newsletter Para-News which contains articles of local and national
importance to paralegals as well as announcements of CDPA events. Meetings are held
periodically. Several meetings per year feature continuing legal education speakers on a topic of
interest to the paralegal profession and attendees receive certificates for 1 hour of CLE credit
approved by NFPA. CDPA participates in various pro bono and community services activities,
including legal clinics and charitable events. CDPA provides a members-only list serve to
communicate Association news and activities.
The Capital District Paralegal Association is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President and several Directors in charge of
the standing committees. The Board acts as a planning committee to organize CDPA activities.
The Board includes two delegates selected annually to act as liaisons with NFPA and represent
the Association at the conventions. The Board also includes a delegate to act as a liaison with the
Empire State Alliance of Paralegals and represent the Association at ESAPA meetings.
CDPA members are bound by the New York State Code of Ethics and Professional
Responsibility, NFPA Code of Ethics and any other code adopted by the Association.
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