Annual Convention

October 7-10, 2021

NFPA 2021 Convention • Hilton Portland Downtown
Nurture, Flourish, Participate, Aspire in Portland

Join us for NFPA’s 2021 Convention!

2021 has presented our communities with difficult decisions in terms of the correct approach to “return to normal” while also attempting to ensure everyone’s health and safety.  As a result, NFPA, Oregon Paralegal Association (OPA), and Management HQ have partnered to present NFPA’s 2021 Annual Convention as a hybrid convention. We hope that the hybrid format will provide an opportunity for all members to attend: whether you are physically and financially able to travel or whether you are unable to travel for any reason, including financial restrictions, pandemic or other social and health concerns, or employer or home state-mandated travel restrictions. All attendees will have access to NFPA's Whova virtual platform & mobile app 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.

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.

Check out the details below and register to join us!


Registration for Convention opens July 1. Review the details and register by Aug. 22 to take advantage of early bird rates!


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

Convention Social

Social event will be held on Friday evening at Punch Bowl Social where attendees can network with colleagues from across the country. Punch Bowl Social’s scratch kitchen, craft cocktails and experiential gaming like karoke, bowling and a vintage arcade make Punch Bowl the destination for fooding and funning.

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.


Convention is taking place at the Hilton Portland Downtown. King and 2 Double Guestrooms are available at a group rate of $199/night. Book your room online, or call 503-226-1611 and mention the 2021 NFPA Annual Convention.

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 completing your registration online.

Exhibitor Dates

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

Check out the Exhibitor Prospectus for more details or visit our Corporate Partners page. Secure your exhibit space online.

Policy Meeting

The 2021 Convention Committee is working with the NFPA Board and Parliamentarian, Ramona Hill, to develop procedures and protocols for the 2021 hybrid policy meeting. Stay tuned and attend the Convention Camp with a review of Robert's Rules of Order (will be held via Zoom prior to Convention - date TBD). 

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.

About the Convention Host

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

Portland Travel Information

NFPA and Oregon Paralegal Association Joint Statement Regarding Convention

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

NFPA takes the health and safety of our members, guests and staff seriously. In-person meetings and functions will be subject to public health and safety guidelines in effect by state and local ordinances, including U.S. CDC guidelines. NFPA is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming event where Convention attendees can unite as a dynamic, inclusive and professional group whether participating virtually or in-person. NFPA has the right to convert to a fully virtual event if health and safety restrictions require and will update registrants of any changes.

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