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Welcome Current & Future DCPA Members!

The Association was established in 1991 as a voluntary nonprofit organization, originally known as the Greater Denton Legal Assistants
Association (GDLAA).  In 2005, the Association changed its name
to the Denton County Paralegal Association (DCPA).  Since its founding,
the DCPA has steadily increased membership, developed a reputation
for high standards, and fostered respect within the legal community.


DCPA’s purpose is to promote the professional objectives and goals of
paralegals in Denton County, Texas; to encourage, promote, and conduct programs of continuing education and professional development; and to
promote high standards of integrity and professionalism for paralegals.

Mission Statement

The DCPA’s mission is to promote the paralegal profession and goals of the paralegal by
  • Recognizing the unique challenges facing the paralegal.
  • Emphasizing continuing legal education among members of the profession.
  • Promoting high standards of integrity and professionalism for paralegals.
  • Advocating utilization of the paralegal as a valued team member.
  • Offering networking opportunities among peers.
  • Providing a voice for its members on the issues facing the paralegal profession.
  • Establishing positive fellowship among Association members and members of the legal community.
  • Encouraging involvement in community service projects through        DCPA or other non-profit organizations.

Code of Ethics

To effect its purpose, DCPA adopts as a guideline for professional conduct the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas.


2017 DCPA Officers:

Pamela Snavely  – President
Daphina Park - President-Elect 
Martha Gallegos – Secretary/Parliamentarian
Lisa Pittman – Treasurer
Heather Walker – Historian

2017 DCPA Committee Chairs:

CLE – Deborah Nyarangi
Fundraising - Daphina Park
Legal Directory - Cheryl Cooper
Membership - Vicki Schmidt
Newsletter – Lisa Pittman
Scholarship - Jenna Earhart
DCPA is a member of the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations

Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS)

The 2017 Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS), a three-day CLE seminar, will be held October 4 - October 6, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Dallas near Galleria, Addison, Texas.  Three day registration includes 14 CLE hours, speaker materials, 2 social events, and keynote luncheon.  Single day registrations are available for CLE and seminar materials.


TAPS is a great event to attend high quality CLE and network with people from all over the state!  Registration is extended until September 26th!


Go to txpd.org for more details and to register. 

Upcoming Events

October 19, 2017 12:00 PM • Oakmont Country Club

Recent Blog Posts

September 23, 2017 8:17 PM • Pamela Snavely
June 16, 2017 5:30 PM • Pamela Snavely

Blanket Brigade - Deadline 10/13

DCPA embarked on a community service project for the benefit of the children and youth that stay in the Friends of the Family shelter.  We have been making colorful fleece blankets to cheer and comfort kids displaced from their homes.  Members who wished to participate and become a part of the Blanket Brigade were asked to donate or solicit donations of materials or funds for the project.


The cozy no-sew fleece blankets were easy enough for beginners to tackle and did not require any sewing experience.  Instructions with basic measurements, type of fleece to use, and acceptable print were distributed.  Some fabric stores also offered kits that contained pre-cut material and only required assembly.


We held several Blanket Brigade work nights for those who wanted to learn and enjoy the process together as a group activity.  It has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with other DCPA members and work together for the betterment of our community! 


We appreciate all who made blankets for this very worthy cause.  Please be sure to drop off your finished blankets to Pam at Hayes Berry White & Vanzant by October 13th.  Presentation to Friends of the Family is scheduled for our October 19th meeting. 


No-Sew Fleece Blanket for Kids.pdf

Membership Drive Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Sharron Dowdle, our grand prize winner of the Membership Drive Contest!  Sharron accumulated the most points through her effort to bring a person eligible for membership to monthly luncheons, for new members who joined the association from her referral, and for bringing potential members to events and activities.


The grand prize award was a "Date Night!" which included a $100.00 gift certificate for dinner and drinks at Hannah’s off the square, and two tickets to the production “Big Fish” at the Campus Theatre in Denton.


Thank you to all participants for reaching out to your professional colleagues and extending a personal invitation to see what DCPA has to offer.  We all benefit when our membership grows!

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