FWPA MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION — MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

We offer seven types of membership as outlined below.

QUALIFICATIONS AND TYPE OF MEMBERSHIPS

(Disclosure-the following explanation is only a summary of requirements for membership.  All membership applications will be processed pursuant to Bylaws of Fort Worth Paralegal Association only.)

Type Description
Voting Those PARALEGALS or LEGAL ASSISTANTS who are qualified through education, training, or work experience, employed by a lawyer, government, or other entity, whose substantive legal work, requiring sufficient knowledge of legal concepts, is performed under attorney supervision AND WHO:

1.are currently employed as a full time Paralegal,

2.present valid proof of completion of paralegal education.

OR

3.have been employed full time for a minimum of 12 months.

Patron A Patron member is a person or business entity interested in the Association's purpose.  A Patron member in good standing will be entitled to certain perferred sponsorship and advertising priviledges.
Sustaining Those PARALEGALS or LEGAL ASSISTANTS who are qualified through education, training, or work experience, employed by a lawyer, government, or other entity, whose substantive legal work, requiring sufficient knowledge of legal concepts, is performed under attorney supervision AND WHO: 

1. is not currently employed as a paralegal.

Associate  

1. Any person interested in the work of the association, whether or not the person is a paralegal or legal assistant.  

OR 

2. Any person employed as a paralegal or legal assistant who has not yet met the requirements of those PARALEGALS or LEGAL ASSISTANTS who are qualified through education, training, or work experience, employed by a lawyer, government, or other entity, whose substantive legal work, requiring sufficient knowledge of legal concepts, is performed under attorney supervision.

OR

3. Any person working as a temporary or freelance paralegal or legal assistant, either as an independent contractor or through a contracting paralegal company, who works an average of less than 35 hours per week.

Freelance

Those PARALEGALS or LEGAL ASSISTANTS who are qualified through education, training, or work experience, employed by a lawyer, government, or other entity, whose substantive legal work, requiring sufficient knowledge of legal concepts, is performed under attorney supervision AND WHO:

1. are currently employed as a full time Paralegal,

2. present valid proof of completion of paralegal education.

OR

3. have been employed full time for a minimum of 12 months, AND who work either as an independent contractor or through a company contracting paralegal services to the legal community and who works an average of 35 hours or more.

Student Those persons who are currently enrolled in a paralegal training program.  
Emeritus Those PARALEGALS or LEGAL ASSISTANTS who have been a Voting Member for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years, and is now retired from the paralegal profession.  An Emeritus Member in good standing may fully participate in the affairs of the Association, but shall not have the right to vote, hold office or serve as a Director or Chair of a Committee.

(ONLY members in Voting and Freelance categories are allowed to vote and hold offices).

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