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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.



2021 DCPA Executive Officers:
Carla Pressly - President

Janene Koiner - President-Elect 

Sharron Dowdle – Secretary-Parliamentarian
Renita Brown – Treasurer
Carla Pressly – Historian

2021 DCPA Committee Chairs:
CLE – Kim Spivey

Fundraising - Donna Miller

Social - Donna Miller

Legal Directory - Sonja Hoke
Membership - Jodi Moss
Newsletter – Carla Pressly
Scholarship - Sonja Hoke


DCPA is a member of the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations


Upcoming Events

December 14, 2021 5:00 PM • Genti's Italian Restaurant


Thank you to all Members and Guests who contributed to our Chili's Fundraiser. Our fundraising efforts were accepted by Chili's whether you came into the restaurant or ordered food to go. We raised over a hundred dollars.  Not too bad for our very first one this year and with short notice. We will be having another restaurant fundraiser soon so....stay tuned. And...thanks again.

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March 25, 2021 12:00 PM • Pamela Snavely
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