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History

A Resolution was signed on November 3, 2001, by eleven (11) Dallas paralegals participating in the formation of NTPA. In March 2002, NTPA became an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.

What is a Legal Assistant / Paralegal

The American Bar Association defines a legal assistant as follows:
“A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”

The current definition of “legal assistant/paralegal” replaces the definition adopted by the ABA Board of Governors in 1986. It adds the term “paralegal” since the terms “legal assistant” and “paralegal” are, in practice, used interchangeably. The term that is preferred generally depends on what part of the country one is from. The current definition streamlines the 1986 definition and more accurately reflects how legal assistants are presently being utilized in the delivery of legal services.