Professional Development

Professional Development Committee


Chair: Cindy E. Schmit, ACP

Member: Jaela Schultz, CP

"What are your career goals?"


"Have you thought about becoming a NALA Certified Paralegal?"


The Professional Development Committee is currently leading a study group for SDPA members wanting to take the NALA Certified Paralegal exam. If you are interested in joining this study group or would like additional information, contact Cindy Schmit, ACP, Chair of the Professional Development Committee.


Also, please contact us if you would like to post a notice of a study group in your area! We are always looking for new ways to advance in paralegal studies!



SDPA Reimbursements and Scholarship


SDPA encourages members to take the CP exam offered through NALA as part of their professional development. As an incentive, SDPA is offering one (1) reimbursement each year for the CP exam fee (currently $250) to members taking the CP exam and passing.


Additionally, SDPA would like to assist members who desire to seek Advanced Paralegal Certification as part of their professional development. SDPA offers two (2) reimbursements each year for the NALA APC Course fee (currently up to $300) to active members who successfully complete the course.


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 links below or contact Cindy Schmit, ACP.