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

    • December 02, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • McIntyre's Downtown Houston

    Toys for Tots Winter Social 

    "The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children... The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas"... learn more at Marine Toys for Tots.

    We want you to join us and Houston members of the U.S. Marine Corps to give a gift to children in need this holiday season at our Winter Social event.

    Admission is free to everyone in exchange for one new unwrapped toy or monetary donation to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.

    Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided at this event. 

    WHEN: December 2, 2021 from 5:30-8:00PM CST

    WHERE: McIntyre's Downtown, 901 Commerce St. Houston, TX 77002

    REGISTER AND DONATE TODAY AT: Tinyurl.com/WinterSocial2021

    Generously Co-Sponsored By: 

    • December 14, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online


    Join us for our CLE Webinar on December 14, 2021! Our guest speaker, Cisselon Nichols Hurd - Senior Counsel, Global Litigation at Shell Oil Company will present on "Tips for Thriving Personally and Professionally in Today’s Pandemic World"

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

    Speaker: Cisselon Nichols Hurd - Senior Counsel, Global Litigation at Shell Oil Company

    Topic: "Tips for Thriving Personally and Professionally in Today’s Pandemic World" 

    About the Speaker:

    Cisselon Nichols Hurd currently serves as Senior Counsel in the Global Litigation – Americas group of Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas, where she primarily handles environmental/toxic litigation.

    Prior to joining Shell, she served as Senior Counsel at ConocoPhillips, formerly Conoco Inc., where she managed mass toxic tort litigation matters. Ms. Hurd also previously served in a variety of governmental positions in the U.S. Virgin Islands including Counsel to the Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Environmental Enforcement. Prior to her work in the Virgin Islands, Ms. Hurd clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Harry W. McKee in the Eastern District of Texas. She also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Attorney General’s Honors Program as a Trial Attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas where she prosecuted environmental crimes.

    Ms. Hurd obtained her B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She also received her law degree from the University of Texas. Among numerous other recognitions, Cisselon has been named the 2016 recipient of the TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year Award. The Award recognizes a corporate counsel who has “done the most to open doors for Texas minority, women, and LGBT attorneys by promoting diversity within its department and/or company and by consistently hiring minority, women, and/or LGBT attorneys in private practice to perform legal work on behalf of its company.”

    Sponsored By: 

    "Trinity Will Deliver Best in Class, Cost Effective Electronic Discovery and Business Document Management Services by Leveraging our Knowledge, Experience, Service, & Commitment to Excellence

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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Empowering Paralegals since 1978!


Contact HMPA at HMPA.Office@gmail.com


P.O. Box 61363

Houston, Texas  77208-1363

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