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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

More CLE Opportunities



The 2017 Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS), a three-day CLE seminar, will be held October 4 - October 6, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in 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.  Online Registration opens June 1st!

Upcoming events

Recent blog posts

June 16, 2017 5:30 PM • Pamela Snavely
April 07, 2017 5:36 PM • Pamela Snavely

Membership Drive Contest

Our Membership Drive Contest is in full swing and the competition is on!  DCPA Members receive points for bringing a person eligible for membership to the monthly luncheons (5 points), for joining the association (10 points), and for attending events and activities with you (2 points). 


The Contest Award is:  Date Night!  Our meritorious award winner will receive a $100.00 Gift Certificate for dinner and drinks at Hannah’s, and two tickets to the Campus Theatre Production “Big Fish” scheduled for October.  The Membership Drive Contest runs from January 19, 2017 up to and including our DCPA meeting set for September 21, 2017.  We will track our competitors and post the standings in the newsletter, so reach out to your professional colleagues and extend an invitation to our next event!

Blanket Brigade - Work Night 7/27

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


The cozy no-sew fleece blankets are easy enough for beginners to tackle and do not require any sewing experience.  This is the time of year that fleece is on sale at many fabric stores, so you can purchase your materials at big savings!  Instructions with basic measurements, type of fleece to use, and acceptable print are attached.  Some fabric stores also offer kits that contain pre-cut material and only require assembly.


Our next Blanket Brigade work night for those who wish to learn and enjoy the process together as a group activity will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the office of Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant.  It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other DCPA members and work together for the betterment of our community!


Please RSVP to Pam psnavely@hbwvlaw.com by Monday that week to ensure we have sufficient work space for everyone.

No-Sew Fleece Blanket for Kids.pdf

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