Current SDPA Library Resources


The SDPA Library now has seminar DVDs and handouts. The cost to check out the seminar DVDs and handouts is $35 plus postage for members, and $50 plus postage for non-members.  Anyone interested in checking out items from the library may contact Clara Kiley.

 

See also: SDPA Library Catalog 06-25-2015

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Welcome

 

The South Dakota Paralegal Association (SDPA) is a non-profit organization established in 1989. We are an association committed to the preservation and continued growth of the paralegal profession. We are affiliated with the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).


We are so glad you've decided to check our website! Here you will find lots of valuable information - how to join SDPA or renew your membership, learn about our leaders, learn about the many opportunities for paralegals in South Dakota, and find out what's going on in the organization by reading our quarterly newsletter, the Reporter. Take your time and look around, and please contact us with questions or comments!



What is a Paralegal?

par•a•le•gal

Noun (synonym: Legal Assistant)

 

SDCL 16-18-34 Definition: Legal assistants (also known as paralegals) are a distinguishable group of persons who assist licensed attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training, and experience, legal assistants have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system, substantive and procedural law, the ethical considerations of the legal profession, and the Rules of Professional Conduct as stated in chapter 16-18, which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the employment and direct supervision of a licensed attorney. This rule shall apply to all unlicensed persons employed by a licensed attorney who are represented to the public or clients as possessing training or education which qualifies them to assist in the handling of legal matters or document preparation for the client.

 

NALA Definition: Legal assistants (also known as paralegals) are a distinguishable group of persons who assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training, and experience, legal assistants have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney.



Professional Development
SDPA encourages members to take the Certified Paralegal (CP) exam offered through NALA as part of their professional development. As an incentive, SDPA offers one (1) reimbursement each year for the CP exam fee to members taking the CP exam and passing. SDPA also offers two (2) reimbursements each year for the NALA APC Course fee to active members who successfully complete the course. For more information, please visit our Professional Development page.
 

Additionally, SDPA offers a $500 scholarship each year for students enrolled in a paralegal education program in the State of South Dakota. For the full list of requirements and a copy of the application, please click on the following link: 2015-2016 SDPA Scholarship.