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.



2023 DCPA Executive Officers:
Kristina Chiarelli- President

Renita Murphy - President-Elect 

Sharron Dowdle– Secretary-Parliamentarian
Renita Murphy – Treasurer
Jennifer Earhart – Historian

2023 DCPA Committee Chairs:
CLE – Lisa Bowles

Fundraising - Nicole Smith

Social - Kristina Chiarelli

Legal Directory - EC and Chairs
Membership - Alicia Spencer
Newsletter – Amy Dugger
Scholarship - Renita Murphy


DCPA is a member of the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations

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Upcoming Events

October 23, 2023 5:30 PM • The Parker House 2550 W University Dr., Denton TX 76207



Great News!  Denton County Paralegal Association is fundraising with Fun Pasta Fundraising again!

We are raising money and we need your help in reaching our fundraising goal!  We’ll earn 35-40% profit from every sale. Selling is fun and simple!

  • All transactions will be credit card only
  • All orders will be placed Online or using the App that can be downloaded on Google Play or in the App Store
  • There are no order forms or envelopes to collect
  • Orders over $65 are eligible for free shipping; Orders under $65 has a flat rate of $8.95 for shipping.


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