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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.



2022 DCPA Executive Officers:
Janene Koiner-Clark - President

Kristina Chiarelli - President-Elect 

Alicia Spencer – Secretary-Parliamentarian
Renita Murphy – Treasurer
Vacant – Historian

2022 DCPA Committee Chairs:
CLE – Miranda Miller

Fundraising - Stormi Scherb

Social - Kristina Chiarelli

Legal Directory - EC and Chairs
Membership - Alicia Spencer
Newsletter – Estina Reynolds
Scholarship - Renita Murphy


DCPA is a member of the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations

2023 Executive Committee Elections

Coming Soon!


Upcoming Events

December 15, 2022 5:30 PM • Denton Country Club 1213 Country Club Rd. Argyle, TX 76226


Back to School Drive Success!

DCPA was able to donate 3 fully stuffed backpacks for Friends of the Family!!

Huge shout out to Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP for their generous donations of 24 fully stuffed backpacks for Friends of the Family!!

Stuffed Animal Drive Success!

DCPA members collected new stuffed animals for the Denton County Sheriff's Explorer Post 29 for their Mission S.A.F.E. The stuffed animals are given to children when visiting the Denton County Court house to warm their hearts!!

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