Membership with HMPA
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 now and in the future.
HMPA provides many membership benefits and services. Some of these benefits and services are low cost monthly CLE seminars, a quarterly newsletter, salary survey issued every two years, membership directory, scholarship monies awarded every year, online Job Bank access, professional recognition with the PHP designation, Career Development Opportunities, Social events and networking resources.
In June of 1998, HMPA adopted heightened PHP criteria effective January 1, 1999. All PHP members utilize their designation after their name and are recognized in the legal community for their dedication, commitment and pursuit of distinguished standards within our profession. Why membership? Why now? These questions are asked each day by paralegals across the greater Houston area. At HMPA, we strive to maintain a program that meets the needs of paralegals in almost every area of law. We provide:
- More CLE Seminars than any other resource
- Mentoring and Internship programs for students
- Career Enhancement Seminars
- CP/CLA Review Course
- Salary Surveys and Membership Directories
- Student Scholarships
- CLE Video Library
- Monthly Updates on the State of the Profession
- Quarterly Networking Socials
- FREE annual Members Night
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Online Job Bank access
These are just a sampling of the benefits HMPA provides to its members. Getting connected, networking, reaching out to the local legal community – these intangible benefits provided by membership in HMPA are invaluable!
WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HMPA:
“I was studying for my associates degree in Paralegal Studies at San Jacinto Community College North when I first learned of HMPA. When I heard about their Mentoring & Internship program, I felt that was exactly what I needed to make my transition into this profession. I joined up and, upon graduation, interned at Hagans Bobb & Burdine where, I am pleased to say, I am now working full time!”
- Sandra Garza
“I am a senior paralegal at The Balcom Law Firm. What I enjoy most about my membership is the interaction with other paralegals and the continuing education I receive at the monthly CLE Luncheons presented by HMPA.”
- Maggie Kirkpatrick
“Through HMPA, I have joined a wonderful network of professionals who are an excellent source of knowledge, suggestions and support. The added bonus is the friendships, outside of my own firm, that have grown from participating in many of HMPA's activities.”
- Linda Wilson
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