Mission Statement

MPA is a voluntary, non-profit professional association composed of paralegals living or working in the State of Minnesota dedicated to fostering the growth and development of the paralegal profession by:

      • Promoting a high standard of professionalism and ethics to the legal community as well as the general public; 
      • Encouraging communication among paralegals and related organizations locally and nationally;
      • Providing networking opportunities for our members;
      • Supporting the ongoing education and professional development of paralegals; 
      • Maintaining relevancy in a changing world; 
      • Encouraging pro bono or community service involvement through MPA or other non-profit organizations; and 
      • Promoting diversity of its members. 
The Minnesota Paralegal Association ("MPA") was formed in 1974 and is affiliated with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations ("NFPA"). MPA is one of the founding NFPA Associations.

What is a paralegal?

MPA defines a paralegal as a person qualified through education, training, or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, government agency or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work.  It is not the intent of MPA to exclude any member of the legal profession whose job duties fit the definition of paralegal but whose job title is something other than "paralegal".  Additionally, the term "substantive" shall mean work requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis, and communication of relevant legal facts and concepts.

Code of Ethics

Canon 1A paralegal shall achieve and maintain a high level of competence.
Canon 2A paralegal shall maintain a high level of personal and professional integrity.
Canon 3A paralegal shall maintain high standards of professional conduct in compliance with the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct.
Canon 4A paralegal shall strive to serve the public interests by contributing to the delivery of quality legal services, and the improvement of the legal system.
Canon 5A paralegal shall protect all confidential and attorney-client privileged information.
Canon 6 A paralegal's title shall be fully and clearly disclosed.
Canon 7 A paralegal shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law.
Canon 8 A paralegal shall disclose conflicts of interest.

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The Minnesota Paralegal Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 2345 Rice Street, Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55113

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