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Are you a member of TPA? If not, why?
If you answered “no,” and your reason is because you don’t think you have the time or don’t get any benefit from it, then I urge you to take another look. TPA is a membership organization. Our members are dedicated individuals who work toward the TPA goals and are the leading force of TPA programs and policies.
These goals, programs, and policies play an important role in making sure our interests are met at the grass roots where the results are felt directly and often personally. Belonging to a like-minded professional association is important. Think about what would happen to our voices if everyone in our profession decided belonging to an association was just not worth the effort. There would be no communication, no networking opportunities, no leadership opportunities, and no continuing education.
If you answered my question with “yes,” then consider how active you are in contributing to the goals of TPA. Has it been a long time since you served as a committee member, chapter chair, or officer? Make it a priority to be more than a joiner - become more active in the association. Never underestimate the value of your ideas, wisdom, and assistance.
TPA is always seeking individuals to serve in leadership roles, whether as a new member or long-standing one; in a small part as a committee member or a larger role as a chapter chair or officer. This can be a sterling opportunity for networking and communicating with others in our profession. Don’t assume that your assistance is not needed. Take the initiative by advising a TPA leader that you want to help.
TPA has three local chapters that encompass paralegals in the southeast, central, and east regions of Tennessee - from Chattanooga to Nashville to Knoxville and all points in between! TPA is an affiliate of NALA – The National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals and subscribes to NALA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
One of my favorite quotes is: “Volunteers don't get paid. Not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless." Take the time to take a first or second look at joining or rejoining TPA. Be a priceless volunteer for TPA and for the paralegal profession.
Debby Sawyer, ACP – TPA President