Joint Conference Update

Given the unique circumstances concerning COVID-19, public health concerns, and the timing of the NFPA joint Conference in Tampa, FL April 24-26, 2020, the NFPA Board of Directors, and Management-HQ staff have been actively monitoring developments in the spread of and the WHO/CDC response to COVID-19.  Due to the widespread virus, isolation, and various travel related restrictions, the NFPA Board of Directors and Joint Conference Committee have made the decision to cancel Joint Conference this year in order to ensure that our members are not put at additional risk for contracting the virus by traveling.  

Joint Conference Registration Fees will be refunded to the credit card used to pay for the registration. 

The Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Cancellation policy for guest rooms: Individual Rooms must be cancelled 7 days prior to arrival.

Social Event at Columbia Restaurant Cancellation policy: Tampa Bay Paralegal Association will work with PayPal to process refunds and will be in touch with individuals.

Please contact NFPA President Nita Serrano with any additional questions.

NFPA Test Administrator Update

Prometric, our test administrator, has notified NFPA that they are closing their testing sites for the next 30 days.

NFPA will extend any authorization to test for any candidate impacted by the events surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis up to 60 days, as needed. Any candidate who experiences a delay in testing due to a testing facility being closed for the next 30 days will be contacted by Prometric's Candidate Care Team with instructions on how to reschedule their exam at no charge.

NFPA is also working with Prometric on remote proctor exam options and will update our membership when those come online.


American Bar Association Amends Definition of Paralegal

The American Bar Association at its Midyear Meeting of the House of Delegates, adopted amendments which revised the definition of the term “paralegal.”

Transition to Management HQ

I am honored to introduce myself and the Management HQ (MHQ) team who will be serving the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA) with association management services. 

Your NFPA Board of Directors conducted a thorough and comprehensive bidding and interview process for your management company. This gave NFPA and MHQ a great chance to get to know one another, and to understand how we can work together to serve NFPA and you.

Please Be Patient with Us!
We have a wonderful team who is so excited to serve you!  I want to ensure that you know what to expect during this transition time.  In some ways, transitioning management companies is like hiring an entirely new staff; you will be working with a team in the early stages of getting to know the people and systems of NFPA. 

While we at MHQ have solid expertise and experience in transitioning associations, we know that any transition takes time and patience. Please support us during this time by communicating the reasons that your members and constituents may experience temporary delays or other temporary challenges.

Your NFPA Management Team
Your NFPA team members include:

Dara Rudick, Interim Executive Director

Aida Martinez-Freeman, Managing Director

Leslie Johnson, Certification and Membership

Stephanie Gandy, Transition Project Manager

Mackenzie Kelley, Events Manager

Rebecca Merrill, Events and Outreach Coordinator

Erica Lee, Customer Service Coordinator

Annie Britt, Bookkeeper

Learn more about the MHQ team on our website.

NFPA Contact Information
Along with securing a new association management partner, NFPA has new contact information. Please update your records and direct questions and correspondence here:

National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.
400 South 4th Street, Suite 754E
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Monday through Friday 
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Central Time)

Telephone: 317-454-8312 (no charge)
Fax: (980) 444-2269

Please take a moment to read the press release, which outlines the specific services that MHQ is providing to NFPA. You may visit the Management HQ website to learn more about our company.

I very much look forward to working with you all!


Dara J. Rudick
NFPA Interim Executive Director / Management HQ CEO

On the NFPA Blog

Chris Hansen Awarded First Illinois Paralegal Association Lifetime Achievement Award

On Wednesday, November 13, at the Chicago Palmer House, Chris Hansen was awarded the first paralegal to receive the "Lifetime Achievement Award." read more...






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