VAPA/LGPA Joint Conference

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VAPA/LGPA Joint Conference
October 15-18, 2014
Location: ROANOKE, VA

The VAPA/LGPA Conference will be held in Roanoke this year, and as always, promises to be not only very educational, but also a lot of fun. There will be many opportunities to make new friends and network with other professionals.

Sheraton Roanoke Hotel
2801 Hershberger Road
Roanoke, VA  24017
$97/night + taxes
(800) 325-3535
(540) 563-9300
Deadline:  September 15, 2014

$175 – 3 days
$125 – 2 days
$  75 – 1 day
Deadline:  September 30, 2014


For the first time ever, VAPA is offering scholarships to aid with the cost of attending the VAPA/LGPA Joint Education Conference.

Any paralegal can apply for this scholarship.  Scholarship amounts are determined by need, and can cover any cost associated with attending the conference.  For instance, perhaps you can afford the registration fee, but not the cost of a hotel, you could request a scholarship in the amount your hotel fees would be.

-  Employer letter stating they are not providing financial assistance with signature by supervising attorney or firm Administrator; and
-  Completed application received BY the deadline of JULY 31, 2014.

Applicants will be notified of their scholarship award via e-mail no later than August 31, 2014.

Click here for 2014 VAPA Conference Scholarship Application.

Click here for 2014 Conference Brochure and Schedule.

Handout materials will be available on-line to paid registrants at least 3 days prior to the conference. Registrants are responsible for printing and bringing their own handouts. Notebooks with handouts are available for an additional $10 fee, payable at the time of registration.

Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Events in 2014

Dinner Meetings are usually held on the 4th Tuesday of every other month at various locations in the Richmond area.

Brown Bag Lunches are usually held on the 4th Wednesday of every other month from Noon to 1 PM at McGuireWoods, 901 E Cary St, Richmond, VA.

Each educational opportunity is 1.0 CLE unless otherwise noted.

Thank you to our sponsors: Virginia 529, Bizport, McCandlish Holton, CT Corporation, University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Partner JD, Special Counsel, McGuireWoods, Bryant & Stratton College, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and Planet Depos. 

Date Topic Speaker
January 28, 2014
Dinner Meeting
Aviation Law Teresa A. Clark, ACP, Sands Anderson PC
February 26, 2014
Brown Bag Lunch
Immigration Law Mike Gladstone, Esq., McCandlish Holton
March 22, 2014
Mini Seminar
Ethics, Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP), and RPA Social Media Tutorial (at Virginia529); eligible for 2.0 CLE, including 1.0 ethics Michelle Wilson, JC, ACP, Bryant & Stratton College; Amy R. Wight, Director of Special Programs, Office of the Attorney General and Detective Jenkins, Richmond Police Department, Gang Unit; Donna Strauss, ACP and Darlene Yeary, ACP RPA Technology and Website Committees
April 16, 2014
Brown Bag Lunch
2014 Legislative Review (at Williams Mullen) Various Legislators
May 1, 2014
Law Day Luncheon
Annual Richmond Bar Association Luncheon with a special invitation to RPA members TBD
May 20, 2014
RPA Law Day Luncheon
Somali Pirates – 1st Piracy Case in 150 Years (Please invite your attorney to this special luncheon, tentatively at Williams Mullen) John Davis, Esq.,
Williams Mullen
June 25, 2014
Brown Bag Lunch
Family Law – Custody, Visitation, Pets Melissa VanZile, Esq., Barnes & Diehl
July 22, 2014 No Meeting  
July 23-25, 2014
NALA Convention
NALA 39th Annual Convention, Institutes & Exhibition, Charleston, SC (up to 11 CLE’s)
August 27, 2014
Brown Bag Lunch
Title Insurance Gini DiStanislao, President, Bon Air Title Agency, Inc.
September 23, 2014
Dinner Meeting
October, 2014 Paralegals’ Week Reception (taking place during November)
October 15-18, 2014
Joint Conference
VAPA/LGPA Joint Conference, Roanoke VA
November 18, 2014 Reception and Annual Dinner Meeting No Speaker, Reception includes celebration of Paralegal Week activities, Annual Meeting includes Election of 2015 Board, awards, and Annual Reports


Executive Board Meeting Dates:

Saturday, January 25, 2014 – Annual Board Retreat

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday , October 28, 2014


August Brown Bag Luncheon

Here is the flyer for the August Brown Bag Lunch:  August Lunch Flyer 2014-2

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

12 Noon – 1 PM

At McGuireWoods, LLP, Frances Hayes Room, One James Center, 901 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA

Topic: Title Insurance by Gini DiStanislao, President, Bon Air Title Agency, Inc.

Lunch sponsored by Servor Incorporated Process Servers

Cost:  RPA Members- Free;  Paralegal Non-Members – $10 (first visit to an RPA meeting is complimentary)

RSVP to by August 21, 2014

Advance reservation is required


RPA Scholarships and Outstanding Paralegal of the Year


RPA is now accepting applications for the Jean H. Proffitt and Susan Brewer, Esq. Scholarship Fund and the Janet Scott Scholarship.  Please note that the application deadline for the Proffitt-Brewer Scholarship is October 1, 2014.  The deadline for the Janet Scott Scholarship is  November 1, 2014.

The Jean H. Proffitt and Susan Brewer, Esq. Scholarship Fund was established by the Richmond Paralegal Association (RPA) to assist Richmond metro paralegal students with tuition and text book costs.

Scholarship Criteria Proffitt-Brewer Scholarship Criteria 20140512

Scholarship Application Proffitt-Brewer Scholarship Application 20140512

The Janet Scott Scholarship was established by the Richmond Paralegal Association (RPA) as an annual award to a RPA member in the amount of the cost of applying for and taking the NALA CP Exam or the NALA Advanced Certified Paralegal exam (ACP).

Scholarship Criteria Janet Scott Scholarship Criteria 20130516

Scholarship Application Janet Scott Entry Form 20130516

 For more information regarding the Scholarships, please visit the Scholarship page under Membership Benefits on RPA’s web site.


Each year the Richmond Paralegal Association recognizes an outstanding paralegal who has made significant contributions to the development of the paralegal profession in the Richmond metro area within the last 12 months.

View the criteria here:  Outstanding Paralegal of the Year

To nominate a paralegal, submit a letter to the Membership Committee by August 1 with the following information:

  • nominee name
  • nominee address
  • nominee telephone number
  • your name
  • your address
  • your telephone number
  • a short paragraph stating why the nominee should be RPA’s Outstanding Paralegal of the Year

For more information regarding the the Outstanding Paralegal of the Year Award, please visit the Outstanding Paralegal of the Year page under Membership Benefits on RPA’s web site.

Non-profit association of paralegals in Richmond, Virginia