Annual Convention

October 7-10, 2021

NFPA 2021 Convention
Nurture, Flourish, Participate, Aspire in Portland

Join us for NFPA’s 2021 Convention!

After careful consideration, the NFPA Board of Directors decided to shift the format of the 2021 Annual Convention and Policy Meeting to a completely virtual event. We were looking forward to hosting an inaugural hybrid event, yet had to make the difficult decision to change the format to be fiscally responsible stewards of NFPA's financial resources while being attentive to the health and safety of all attendees.

The Annual Convention provides you an opportunity to attend continuing legal education sessions, network with paralegals from across the country, and set policy during the policy meeting. Participate in Convention and return to your local associations and workplaces with fresh ideas, knowledge and excitement. All attendees will have access to NFPA's Whova virtual platform to network with each other and with exhibitors. In this way, the 2021 Convention Committee hopes that all of us will be able to "see" old friends, "meet" new friends, and experience all aspects of the virtual exhibitor booths.

Check out the details below and register to join us!


Registration ends on October 6: click here for more details.


Start planning your Convention experience! The schedule-at-a-glance is available.

Convention Social

Friday, October 8
NFPA Kahoot! Trivia Night

The convention social will be hosted on the same platform as the convention, attendees can login the platform and view more details on how to participate. Save the date, grab your favorite drink and pick a time that suits you (4pm PDT or 6pm PDT) to join us for guaranteed networking, laughter, fun and prizes.

Keynote Speaker

NFPA is pleased to welcome Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha L. Walters as this year’s keynote speaker. Learn more about Chief Justice Walters. 

Continuing Legal Education

The educational sessions are designed to enhance your knowledge of specific areas in ways that can elevate your paralegal career. View the session details and presenters for Thursday’s CLEs.


Workshops are interactive and informative sessions, providing you with new tools and skills to help you grow in your profession. Check out this year’s workshops.

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities 

NFPA invites you to participate as an exhibitor and/or sponsor. Meet and build relationships with potential new clients and reacquaint yourself with existing clients who use your products and services. View the 2021 Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus.

Secure your commitment by contacting the NFPA team at

Exhibitor Dates

  • Thursday, October 7, 2021
  • Friday, October 8, 2021 

Check out the Exhibitor Prospectus for more details or visit our Corporate Partners page.

2021 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Thank you to this year's Convention exhibitors & sponsors! Meet and reacquaint yourself with our exhibitors and sponsors during our virtual conference and networking opportunities.

Stay in contact and view our list of vendors and sponsors here.

Policy Meeting

View 2021 Policy Meeting materials here (member login required).

Annual Convention Charity

Multnomah CourtCare© is a project of the Multnomah Bar Foundation (MBF) that improves access to justice by making free, drop-in childcare available for families who have business at the court. The program is located in the downtown Central Courthouse in Portland.  The MBF operates 3 successful programs that support the courts, assist the community with access to justice, and strengthen relationships between the courts and the community.  One of those programs, CourtCare©, is the 2021 Convention charity.

CourtCare© is operated by Volunteers of America Oregon and serves 80 to 100 children and their families each month, serving over 18,000 since opening in December 2001. In addition to being a safe, convenient location for parents to leave their children, this program reduces the number of rescheduled court appointments and removes the potential that children might witness conflicts or disrupt court business.

During the run-up to the 2021 Convention, the convention committee will be featuring information on CourtCare©, and encouraging our members to support this program. At convention, look for other opportunities to support CourtCare© by purchasing raffle tickets or by making a donation. Support for CourtCare© is people helping people.

Donate to CourtCare© online: Please put "NFPA" in the 'In Name of/In Memory of' field.

WFH Selfie Fashion Show

Support our charity event and send a selfie or photo of your work from home attire. To enter, you must present a copy of your donation receipt ($10 or more) along with your photos by October 9, 6pm PDT. More details provided to NFPA members in the News You Can Use dated September 30.


About the Convention Host

The Oregon Paralegal Association is the 2021 NFPA Convention host. Learn more about OPA.

Future Conventions

2022: September 15-18 at Westin Cleveland Downtown | hosted by the Cleveland Association of Paralegals

2023: Date/Location TBD | hosted by the National Capital Area Paralegal Association

Past Conventions

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