Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Events in 2015

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.

Each educational opportunity is 1.0 CLE unless otherwise noted.

Thank you to our sponsors: Virginia 529, McCandlish Holton, CT Corporation, University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Partner JD, McGuireWoods,  Bay Trust Company, and Planet Depos. 

Date Topic Speaker
January 27, 2015
Dinner Meeting (Williams Mullen)
ECF Conversions and Next Generation Attorney Filing Jackie Quella, U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
February 24, 2015
Brown Bag Lunch (McGuire Woods)
Overview of Ethics Tom Spahn, Esq. McGuire Woods
March 21, 2015
Mini Seminar (Virginia 529)
Trusts & Estates; Legal Research, and Judgment and Analytics  Frank Burke, Bay Trust Company, Michelle Wilson, Paralegal Solutions, LLC
April 21, 2015
Brown Bag Lunch (McGuire Woods)
2015 Legislative Review Various Legislators
May 1, 2015
Law Day Luncheon
Annual Richmond Bar Association Luncheon with a special invitation to RPA members Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons of the Virginia Supreme Court 
May 19, 2015
RPA Law Day Luncheon (McGuire Woods)
The State Corporation Commission – Over 110 years of service to the Commonwealth Deborah V. Ellenberg, Chief Hearing Examiner from the Virginia SCC
June 24, 2015
Brown Bag Lunch (Williams Mullen)
Drone Law Drone Law Team, Williams Mullen
July 22-24, 2015
NALA Convention
NALA 39th Annual Convention, Institutes & Exhibition, Tulsa, OK(up to 11 CLE’s)  www.nala.org
August 26, 2015
Brown Bag Lunch (Williams Mullen)
Approved Domestic Relations Orders for the Virginia Retirement System  Brian Goodman, VRS
September 22, 2015
Dinner Meeting (Markel)
Legal Research Lexis Nexis
October, 2015 October Month of Service  
October 24, 2015
Fall Seminar – University of Richmond
Various Topics which include Criminal Law, IP & Ethics, Legal Technology, Military Law, and CP Exam Prep Various Speakers
November 10, 2015 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 10, 2015 – Annual Board Retreat

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday , October 20, 2015

Paralegal Scholarship for Undergraduate Student

For students seeking paralegal scholarships, the Legal Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship is an annual $500 scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a career in the legal field who submits the best 200-300 word essay about why they want to become a paralegal. Applicants must be college students pursuing a legal related undergraduate degree or certificate such as pre-law, paralegal, or criminal justice. High school students are also eligible if they have been accepted to a college and plan to study a legal related major. The application deadline is October 1st, 2015.

Click here for more information.

August Brown Bag Lunch

August 2015 lunch flyer

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

12 Noon – 1 PM

At Williams Mullen, 200 S. 10th Street, Suite 1600, Richmond, Virginia

Topic: ADRO (Approved Domestic Relations Order) for Virginia Retirement System

Lunch sponsored by CT Corporation.

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

OPTION FOR MEMBERS: If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you may participate by phone. You must be a member and use an 804 phone number.

RPA Scholarships & 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, 2015. The deadline for the Janet Scott Scholarship is November 1, 2015.

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 Proffitt-Brewer Scholarship Application 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 September 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