Welcome to the Web Page of the Nebraska Paralegal Association
Your source for information about our association and paralegal professionals in Nebraska. Whether you are an experienced paralegal, a student in a paralegal educational program, an employer of paralegals, or otherwise interested in the paralegal profession, we believe NePA has much to offer.
The Nebraska Paralegal Association ("NePA"), formerly known as the Nebraska Association of Legal Assistants ("NeALA"), is a non-profit association formed to promote the paralegal profession in Nebraska. NePA was founded in 1976 and in 1980 affiliated with the National Association of Legal Assistants ("NALA"). Every member of NePA is bound by NALA's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, are a distinguishable group of professionals who assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training, and experience, paralegals have knowledge and experience regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law that qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney. In all 50 states, legal assistants are prohibited from practicing law. They cannot represent a client in court or give legal advice. Paralegals are employed in private law offices, corporations, and governmental agencies.
NePA supports paralegals through continuing education programs. We disseminate information about the profession, offer a job bank for employers and those seeking employment as paralegals, offer a mentoring program for students and newcomers to the profession, and publish a newsletter, the In Brief. We hold regular membership meetings featuring educational programs and social events. NePA fosters communication among paralegals and serves as a forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Our association promotes the educational, professional and ethical standards for paralegals. We provide networking opportunities for members, as well as legal assistant students and other legal professionals.
Our membership comprises nearly 200 paralegals, educators, attorneys, and representatives of companies providing services to the legal community.
Click here for a map of NePA's Districts.