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2022-2023 RRVPA Renewal Membership Application

Red River Valley Paralegal Association is affiliated with the National Association of Legal Assistants ("NALA"). All members are bound by the NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility in addition to any code adopted by the association.

The term legal assistant and paralegal are used interchangeably, much like the terms attorney and lawyer. A legal assistant/paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. (Adopted by the ABA in 1997, adopted by NALA in 2001).

This form is for renewing your membership only. New members must complete the New Membership Application. Additionally, if your membership category has changed, you must complete a New Membership Application form. Please contact RRVPA via email at if you are unsure what application to use. Thank you!
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Renewal Election: *

VOTING - membership dues $60

a.   Graduation from one of the following ABA approved legal assistant/paralegal  studies: bachelor's degree, associate's degree or a post-baccalaureate program. If  not ABA approved, graduation from a legal assistant/paralegal program which  consists of a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, or the equivalent, of which 18  semester credit hours are substantive paralegal courses.

b.   A bachelor's degree in any field, and either one-year employer training as a legal  assistant/paralegal; or 18 semester credit hours of legal assistant/paralegal  substantive courses.

c.   Successful completion of a national certifying examination which is specifically  designed for legal assistants/ paralegals, and which includes continuing legal  education for maintenance of that certification status.

d.   Any individual who has a minimum of three (3) years of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney, including at least six (6) months of in-house training as a legal assistant, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant.

e.   Any individual who has a minimum of two (2) years of in-house training as a legal assistant, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant.

f.    A duly qualified past or present, Active or Reserve Component paralegal of any  United States of America Branch of the Armed Forces.

i.    Current military paralegals must complete the Employer Attestation Form and/or provide a DD Form 214.

ii.   Past military paralegals must provide a DD Form 214.

ASSOCIATE - membership dues $45

Any individual who is working as a legal assistant/paralegal who has not yet achieved the status of a voting member; or an individual who works in a related area of work (for example, legal assistant manager, nurse consultant, or legal investigator).

STUDENT - membership dues $20

Any person who is currently enrolled in a course of study for legal assistants/paralegals as a student in good standing in any university, college, or other approved school pursuing a course of studies as a legal assistant/paralegal.

SUSTAINING - membership dues $75

Any lawyer, law firm, agency, association, educational institution, corporation or other entity interested in supporting the legal assistant/paralegal profession and the Association.

Full Name *
Name of Employer or University *
Preferred Mailing Address: *
Preferred Mailing Address *
Preferred Telephone Number *
Preferred Email Address *
Are you a NALA Member? *
ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE. By typing your name in the answer box below, you agree to be bound by the Bylaws of RRVPA and NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. I further understand that this application is subject to approval by RRVPA.
All RRVPA members are asked to select a committee(s) on which to serve to assist the Association in meeting its objectives. Please put a check mark by one committee that you would like to join for the membership year. If you do not choose a committee, you may be assigned to one as needed.
Will you be paying your membership dues via Venmo to @RRVPA or by check? *
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