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NFPA Affiliation

For many years, the Missouri Paralegal Association was affiliated as a member association of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA). While this relationship formally ended in December 2022, MPA is proud of our former association with this organization and continues to support their mission, as it is in direct alignment of our own: The advancement of the paralegal profession. 


The Missouri Bar, created in 1944 for all attorneys who practice in the state of Missouri, is a valuable asset to the legal profession. MPA has enjoyed a close professional relationship with MoBar, through the form of its Paralegal Committee, for many years. MoBar offers Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) to legal professionals throughout the state. They also serve as our credentialing agency, certifying the high quality educational programs and seminars you have come to accept from the MPA.

On the MoBar website, a user may find a directory of Missouri attorneys, information on how to file a complaint against an attorney, legal forms, a job bank, dispute resolution, countless publications on myriad topics, and of course, excellent legal educational opportunities.

As paralegals work with attorneys in our everyday professional careers, we encourage our professional associations to also continue to work closely with each other. We value our partnership with Missouri attorneys and with MoBar.

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American Bar Association

Established in 1878, the American Bar Association (ABA)  was created to create standards for attorney education and prepare ethical codes of conduct. Today, the ABA offers accreditation to maintain the highest standards in legal education for both attorneys and paralegals around the country. They also maintain dozens of ABA Practice Groups, who work diligently year round to educate, promote, network, and advance professional development in their respective areas (such as Litigation, Intellectual Property, Taxation, Solo/Small Firms, etc.). 

The ABA is also a proponent of the utilization of paralegals. In recent years, they edited their definition of the word "paralegal," to exclude administrative/clerical duties and differentiate between a paralegal and a legal assistant. They maintain paralegal resources on their website, which is regularly updated to include new blog posts on important paralegal topics. Read more here

Sister Associations

The Missouri Paralegal Association is proud to have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the following sister associations: 

Illinois Paralegal Association
New Orleans Paralegal Association

These relationships offer added benefits to all of our members: additional networking, complimentary CLEs and educational events, leadership connections, and an open conversation about legal trends in our respective areas. If your association is interested in connecting with MPA through a reciprocity agreement, please reach out to ourAffiliate Liaison


Missouri Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct

Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel (OCDC)

ABA Model Rules

Office of Legal Ethics Counsel
MoBar Complaint Resolution Program

The Missouri Paralegal Association prides itself in promoting, educating, and requiring ethical behavior of all of our members and volunteers. We offer CLEs annually on ethics and invite our attorney and other legal professional colleagues to attend and enter into discussions regarding our ethical obligations. 

If the complaint involves conduct of a member, Director, Officer, Committee Chair, or volunteer for the Missouri Paralegal Association, the organization has policies in place to protect the identity of a complainant (if they so choose), conduct an investigation, and report any violations to the appropriate agency(ies). You may also bring a complaint directly to the OCDC (link above).