SFPA is committed to providing continuing education for our members and the legal community. Our monthly membership meetings are normally luncheons held in the law firm conference room of one of our members, the highlight of which is a guest speaker who lectures on a substantive area of law. SFPA provides .1 CLAE credit (one hour) to any member who is a CP/CLA and has attended the entirety of the meeting. Visit our website for information on our future monthly seminars. A listing of seminars provided in the past 12 months can also be viewed on our website as well.
Provided below are general websites with valuable information and resources specific to the legal community as a whole. This area will be expanded in the future to include links and resources to specific areas of law such as litigation, bankruptcy, criminal, and others. Please send a link you find helpful to the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA): The National Association of Legal Assistants, incorporated in 1975, provides continuing education and professional development programs to all paralegals. http://www.nala.org/
The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA): Founded in 1974, NFPA was the first national paralegal association. Created as a non-profit federation, NFPA is an issues-driven, policy-oriented professional association directed by its membership. http://www.paralegals.org
The Florida Bar is the statewide professional and regulatory organization for lawyers - http://www.floridabar.org/ The Florida Bar also administers the Florida Registered Paralegal program (Rule 20 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar) - http://www.flabar.org/frp
The American Bar Association (the "ABA" - http://www.abanet.org/), provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. The ABA also maintains a standing committee on paralegals, which is the body that sets standards for paralegal education - a standard which is widely accepted as preferred, but not required. Paralegal Standing Committee website: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/paralegals/ ; Directory of ABA-approved paralegal education programs: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/paralegals/directory/
American Law Institute of the American Bar Association, a nonprofit endeavor providing continuing professional education for lawyers since 1947 - http://www.ali-aba.org/
National Notary Association (NNA) the nation's professional Notary organization since 1957 - http://www.nationalnotary.org/
FindLaw is the highest-trafficked legal Web site, providing the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, businesses, students and individuals. These resources include Web search utilities, cases and codes, legal news, an online career center, and community-oriented tools, such as a secure document management utility, mailing lists, message boards and free e-mail - http://www.findlaw.com/
Refdesk is a free and family-friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources since 1995 - http://www.refdesk.com/toplaw.html