Association Spotlight - NOPA
New Orleans Paralegal Association
What are the highlights of the organization's past?
The New Orleans Paralegal Association (NOPA) has hosted the NFPA Annual Convention in the past. It was a huge success!
What fundraising efforts does your organization undertake?
The New Orleans Paralegal Association has an Annual Dinner meeting/Silent Auction each year. We have also had raffles in which we have given away a 50” Flat Screen Television, a Keurig Coffee Machine, as well as a monetary gift card as our prizes.
What pro bono efforts does your organization undertake?
We have participated in assisting with the intake process for the Know Your Rights Expungement Clinic, as well as partnering with Operation We Care in our Military Outreach initiative. We have also participated in Social Security Clinics, Divorce Clinics, Ronald McDonald cook and cleaning initiative, Advance Directives and Estate Planning Clinic, New Orleans Day of Service cleaning and painting Edgar P. Harney Elementary School, just to name a few.
How do you attract and/or increase membership?
By word of mouth and by having paralegals recommend us to other paralegals. We work closely with the paralegal schools/programs at local college campuses. NOPA also has Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to help with its outreach efforts.
What are the top three events your organization has each year?
We host our Annual Educational Conference, the NOPA Dinner Meeting/Silent Auction, and our Paralegal Career Day.
What types of companies sponsor your organization?
We have a wide range of companies that sponsor our organization from Court Reporters, Litigation Support Companies, E-discovery & Digital Forensics Companies, Medical Professionals, Law Firms, Local Universities/Colleges, Small Business Owners, Insurance Companies, Video Surveillance Companies, Business Machines, Equipment & Photocopying Companies, Deposition Solution Companies and Private Investigation Firms.
What schools are associated with your organization?
The New Orleans Paralegal Association is associated with Herzing University, Tulane University and Nunez Community College.
What future projects is your organization working on and/or planning for?
We are working on and are the host city for this year's NFPA Annual Convention. We are SUPER EXCITED to host paralegals from across the United States and the world!