The Oklahoma Paralegal Association was formed in October, 1985, with the purpose of providing a forum for legal education and professional growth for legal assistants throughout the State of Oklahoma and in furtherance of the delivery of quality legal services.
The Oklahoma Paralegal Association is an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). The members of OPA voted to affiliate with NALA, recognizing that NALA’s goals and purposes were sound and representative of its own aspirations. Among these goals and purposes are:
• The promotion of professional legal assistants, education of the public for the advancement and improvement of the profession, and broadening public understanding of the legal assistant concept;
• Cooperation and participation with local, state and national bar associations in setting standards for legal assistants;
• Informing its members through continuing legal education seminars and regular news publications.
OPA is striving to further define its position in the legal community by offering its members education, ethical guidelines, local law-related news, social contacts and an opportunity for professional growth.