Empowering paralegals since 1978! 


HMPA is a nonprofit, non partisan, non bargaining association, organized in 1978 to promote the professional advancement of legal assistants in the Houston area. Today HMPA continues to strive for excellence in the profession thorough the implementation of a minimum education standards and the creation of the Professional Houston Paralegal designation. Although HMPA is not a regulatory board, it is a goal to remain on the forefront of the regulation, certification and licensure issues facing the profession today and in the future.


HMPA offers various types of memberships.  

        • Voting - $75.00
        • Associate - $75.00
        • Student - $35.00
        • Emeritus/Lifetime - $35.00
        • Affiliate - $150.00 
        • Affiliate Recruiter - $600.00 (Includes Membership plus Job Bank Access)

Memberships terms run from January 1st to December 31.


        • Low cost monthly CLE seminars
        • Our quarterly newsletter, Burden of Proof
        • Membership directory published annually
        • Scholarships awarded annually
        • Mentorships available for students and HMPA members
        • Paralegals' Day held in October
        • Social activities year round
        • Community Service projects with other legal professional associations and charities year round
        • Paralegal of the Year awarded annually
        • Publishing opportunities in HMPA's newsletter, Burden of Proof
        • Networking opportunities
        • Job Bank Website Hotline
        • Membership availability with People's Trust FCU
        • Hertz Car Rental Discounts
        • Professional recognition with the Professional Houston Paralegal designation
        • 25% off a NALA Active membership fee

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CLE Meetings and Workshops

General membership/CLE meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings feature guest speakers who provide information and resources related to the legal profession. The monthly newsletter contains all meeting information, including reservation forms. HMPA also has Full Day and Half Day Seminars scheduled throughout the year.


HMPA's website was launched in 1998 and has been recently redesigned and updated in 2024.

HMPA's website is instrumental to HMPA's communication with its members. All HMPA Directors have HMPA email addresses for immediate access by our members. Regular email broadcasts from HMPA's President and other directors keep HMPA members apprised of current events. HMPA also has its Job Bank postings on HMPA's Website which is password protected for access by HMPA members only. HMPA's website also has HMPA's calendar of events, reservation forms, CLE Library lists, and a Photo Gallery of HMPA's events. 


HMPA's newsletter, Burden of Proof, is a quarterly publication provided as a member benefit and is the primary vehicle of communication between the Board of Directors and the membership. All HMPA members are encouraged to submit articles of interest. HMPA's newsletter, Burden of Proof, provides meeting dates, student columns, professional development and placement resources, pro bono opportunities, vendor advertising, and other news concerning the legal profession.

  PARAMOUNT Mentorship Program

The Paramount Paralegal Mentorship Program pairs participants with experienced paralegal mentors to help establish goals and take real  steps towards success.  The program is open to HMPA members and aims to help students, fresh graduates, and transitions paralegals who are looking for guidance while entering a new legal field.  

HMPA Members CAn join our CLE Events for FRee!

HMPA hosts monthly CLE events to help our fellow paralegals earn their continuing education credits and provides paralegals with the opportunity to network with professionals in the industry.


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