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.  HMPA is a NALA Affiliated Association.  

Upcoming Events

    • June 14, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Norris Conference Center - CityCentre

    JUNE CLE In-Person Seminar

    Join HMPA for our CLE Seminar on June 14, 2022! Our guest speaker Robert Swafford will present on jury selection; how it has developed since the COVID-19 pandemic and expertise on what you should consider when assisting your attorney selecting your next jury.

    1.0 CLE credit 

    $30 for HMPA members

    $35 for non-members

    $45 for walk-in

    At this event HMPA will be collecting non-perishables for the Houston Food Bank. Learn more about Houston Food Bank here.

    Speaker: Robert Swafford, Founder and Owner of Strike Force Cause Jury Consulting 

    Topic: "Jury Selection in the time of COVID and Beyond"

    About the Speaker:

    "Robert Swafford is a nationally recognized jury and witness preparation consultant (http://www.strikeforcause.com/). He has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including the John Wiley Price trial in Dallas, the West explosion case, and the $89.5 million verdict against Werner Trucking in Harris County. Robert speaks extensively on jury selection, focus groups and witness preparation. He has done witness preparation or jury selection in every kind of case that can be tried in front of a jury, including criminal, probate, contract disputes, intellectual property rights and family law.

    Robert Swafford is the founder and owner of Strike for Cause Jury Consulting, as well as the creator of the Strike for Cause Method of Jury Selection. Robert attended Baylor University where he received his B.A. in Economics and his J.D. from Baylor Law School. He has extensive training in powerful listening and effective speaking, as well as expertise in the field of ontology. Ontology provides the foundation for the Strike for Cause system."

    Learn more about Robert Swafford and Strike For Cause here

    Generously Sponsored By: 

Our photo gallery

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. 

Did you take any photos at an HMPA event?  We want to see them!  Please email them to HMPAWebmaster@gmail.com.

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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DISCLAIMER:  HMPA is a paralegal association and, as such, is not permitted to provide legal advice, legal representation, or other legal services. If you need legal assistance or representation, contact your local county Bar Association or, in Houston, the Houston Lawyer Referral Service (713-759-1133) for referral to an attorney practicing in the area of your needs. 





Empowering Paralegals since 1978!


Contact HMPA at HMPA.Office@gmail.com


P.O. Box 61363

Houston, Texas  77208-1363

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