Christi Weideman, ACP

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, the Public Relations Committee would like to remind the members of SDPA about the Cookies for Clerks event.  Each year on Valentine's Day members bring cookies to their local Clerk of Courts office as a way of saying thank you for all they do.  The Clerk of Courts offices truly appreciate this gesture.  If you are interested in helping out in your county, please contact Jessica at or any other member of the Public Relations Committee.



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 affililated with the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

“Welcome to the website of SDPA, we are so glad you’ve decided to check us out!  Here is where you will find out how to join SDPA, or renew your membership, find out what’s going on by reading our quarterly newsletter, the Reporter, learn about our leaders, and the many opportunities for paralegals in South Dakota.  So, take your time and look around and please contact us with questions or comments!”  Christi Weideman, ACP, President - SDPA

LAW DAY - MAY 1, 2014 -

American Democracy and the Rule of Law

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Law Day is celebrated each year on May 1st.  The Public Relations Committee would like to encourage you to get involved in your community to make others aware of this important day.  In the past, members have teamed up with attorneys to speak to students about the importance of the law and the role that attorneys and paralegals play in our legal system.  Members have also assisted with coordinating and judging a coloring contest.  For more ideas, visit the American Bar Association’s website at http://www.lawday.orgBe sure to let Jessica Huyck (, Public Relations Committee Chair know if and how you get involved this year!!

Professional Development


SDPA encourages members to take the CLA exam as part of their professional deveopment. As an incentive, SDPA is offering two (2) reimbursements for the CLA exam fee (currently $250) to members taking the CLA exam and passing.


SDPA encourages paralegal students to apply for the SDPA Scholarship announced each year at our Annual meeting in June!!!


For more information, click on the application for "CLA Exam Reimbursement" link below or "SDPA Paralegal Scholarship." 

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Current SDPA Library Resources

LIBRARY NOW HAS SEMINAR DVDs & 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 at


SDPA Library Catalog 02-20-2013