Empowering Paralegals Since 1978

Welcome to Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association ("HMPA")!  HMPA is a non-profit organization, and is one of the largest paralegal associations in the United States. Founded on August 30, 1978, the HMPA formally changed its name in 2004 from Houston Legal Assistants Association. HMPA's goal, then and now, is to promote the professional advancement of paralegals in the Houston metropolitan area. As a non-partisan, non-bargaining association, HMPA strives for a heightened standard of excellence in the profession through the implementation of minimum education standards for its members and the creation of the advanced Professional Houston Paralegal designation. Although HMPA is not a regulatory board, our goal is to remain on the forefront of regulation, certificate, and licensure issues facing the profession during the coming years.

Upcoming Events

    • August 10, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online

    Join us for our CLE Webinar on August 10, 2021! Our guest speaker, Chris Ritter, JD, MEd and Director of the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program at the State Bar of Texas, will  present on "Well-Being In The Legal World In The Age of the Coronavirus"

    This virtual event offers 1.0 CLE credit with ethics and is FREE for HMPA members and only $15 for non-members.

    SpeakerChris Ritter, JD, MEd

    Topic: "Well-Being In The Legal World In The Age of the Coronavirus"

    About the Speaker:

    Chris Ritter graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University in 1994 with a B.A. Political Science and Philosophy.  After law school at the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1998), he was a trial lawyer in West Texas for over 15 years until he joined TLAP in 2014.  Most recently, Chris obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University (M.Ed., 2018).  His peers have recognized him for his legal accomplishments, including being named a Texas Monthly Super Lawyers’ Rising Star three times.  During his career, his law practice has included being a solo practitioner, an Assistant Criminal District Attorney, and a partner in prominent law firms.  In his work at TLAP and in pursuit of his master’s degree, he has gained significant knowledge and experience pertaining to mental health and substance use disorders and their treatment.

    Sponsored By: 

    "Infinity Reporting Group, LLC, is a leading resource for litigation support in the U.S.  Located in Houston, TX, we provide unbiased legal assistance to the legal industry nationwide. From trial presentation to court reporting, legal videography to transcription, and document services to service of process, we cover it all."

Past events

July 13, 2021 HMPA's July 2021 CLE Webinar
June 08, 2021 HMPA's June 2021 CLE Webinar

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HMPA has hosted countless CLE presentations and socials over the years.  We hope you enjoy our photo gallery from our events.  Be sure to check back here often to see our updated photo gallery. 

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Are you looking to advance your paralegal career?  become an hmpa member today!  

  • HMPA is a nonprofit, non partisan, non bargaining association, organized in 1978 to promote the professional advancement of legal assistants in the Houston area.   We provide more CLE opportunities than any other local paralegal organization in the state.  

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Empowering Paralegals since 1978!


Contact HMPA at HMPA.Office@gmail.com


P.O. Box 61363

Houston, Texas  77208-1363

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