ABOUT THE FORT WORTH PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION

History:

The FWPA began in 1982.

Code of Ethics:

All FWPA members, by applying for membership, adopt as a guideline for professional conduct the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas.

Definition of Paralegal/Legal Assistant:

FWPA, for its purposes, uses the terms "paralegal" and "legal assistant" interchangeably. A legal assistant is a person, qualified through education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity, in a capacity or function which involves the performance, under the ultimate direction and supervision of an attorney, of specifically delegated substantive legal work, which work, for the most part, requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that, absent such assistant, the attorney would perform the task.

Classes of Members:

FWPA has seven (7) classes of members which include Voting Members, Freelance Members, Sustaining Members, Emeritus Members, Student Members, Associate Members, and Patron Members. Please contact our Membership Chair for information concerning requirements for membership in the Association.

Attorney of the Year


Volunteer of the Year


2010 Brice Cottongame 2010 Kelly Cobb
2011 Brooke Allen 2011 Star Moore
    2012 Lisa Kirkland
    2013 Janice Piggott
    2014 Jessica Acosta
    2015 Linda Webber
    2016 Katrina Lea

 

FWPA President


1982 — Denise Pointer
1983 — Denise Pointer
1984 — Ann Dunkin
1985 — Pamela S. Lambert, CLA, TBLS
1986 — Binky Cashion
1987 — Kay Wooley, CLA
1988 — Cheryl Kensing, CLA
1989 — Phillissa Russell
1990 — Karen L. McAbee, TBLS
1991 — Amy Harvison
1992 — Janet S. Norman, CLA
1993 — Starlene Moore, CLA
1994 — Cathy Burnett, CLA, TBLS
1995 — Mitzi S. Moore
1996 — Betsy Horn, CLA
1997 — Betty Reinert, CLA
1998 — Patricia A. Hammer, CLA, TBLS
1999 — Scott D. Sanner, CLA
2000 — Melissa Sherman, CLA, TBLS
2001 — Catherine C. Davies, CLA
2002 — Suzanne McLaughlin, CLA
         — Starlene Moore, CLA
2003 — Leticia Martin, CLA
2004 — Brenda Shirley, CP
2005 — Jena Parker, CP
2006 — Shannon Worley
2007 — Patricia A. Hammer, CP, TBLS
2008 — Debbie House, CP
2009 — Monty Mays
2010 — Julie K. Sherman, TBLS
2011 — Kelly Cobb
2012 — Star Moore, CP
2013 — Katrina Lea
2014 — Janice Piggott
2015 — Debbie House, CP, TBLS-BCP
2016 — Michele E. Rayburn, CP, TBLS-BCP
2017 — Susy Johnson

Paralegal of the Year


1989 — Cherie Helstrom, CLA
1990 — Mitzi Moore
1991 — Kay Wooley, CLA
1992 — Cheryl Kensing, CLA
1993 — Betty Reinert, CLA
1994 — Starlene Moore, CLA
1995 — Betsy Horn, CLA
1996 — Julie Rodgers, CLA
1997 — Cathy Burnett, CLA, TBLS
1998 — Scott Sanner, CLA
1999 — Jeannetta Castle, CLA
2000 — Melissa Sherman, CLA, TBLS
2001 — Leticia Martin, CLA
2002 — Pat Hammer, CLA, TBLS
2003 — Misty Callicott, CP
2004 — Christine Reid, CLAS
2005 — Brenda Shirley, CP
2006 — Julie K. Sherman, TBLS
2007 — Karen McAbee
2008 — Mary Ann Shurley
2009 — Allen Mihecoby, CLA, RP
2010 — Doris Jackson
2011 — Michele Rayburn, CP, TBLS-BCP
2012 — Melody Mullen
2013 — Katrina L. Lea
2014 — Megan Goor, TBLS-BCP
2015 — Debbie House, CP, TBLS-BCP
2016 — Susy Johnson

 

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