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Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA) is a voluntary non-profit corporation comprised of paralegals and legal assistants, students, and vendors in Austin, Texas and the Central Texas area.  CAPA was organized in September 1978 by a small group of pioneering paralegals and has since grown into the largest Texas affiliate of NALA - The Paralegal Association.


ARE DUE MAY 31, 2017

CAPA has developed the Pro Bono Service Award to recognize an outstanding practicing paralegal who has rendered pro bono service, as defined below, and which further meets or demonstrates the eligibility requirements listed below:

Pro Bono services are defined as:  Providing or assisting to provide quality legal services in order to enhance access to justice for persons of limited means; charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the legal needs of persons with limited means; or individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights. 


  1. Each nominee must be a member in good standing with CAPA.  All persons submitting nominations must also be current members of CAPA who are in good standing.
  2. The nominee must have voluntarily contributed a significant amount of time, with no expectation of remuneration, to providing or enabling the delivery of legal services to members of the public.  If a paralegal receives remuneration, whether monetary or in barter, such nominee shall be ineligible for consideration.
  3. The criteria for the Award shall not be solely based on the quantity of hours spent on pro bono, but rather on the quality of the pro bono service that has been provided.  More weight will be given to the overall impact of a nominee’s pro bono publico service and the furthering of the goals of CAPA in the area of pro bono
  4. Pro bono service given to or on behalf of a partisan political party shall not be eligible for consideration of this award.
  5. Administrative hours (e.g., recruiting of volunteers for pro bono service, drafting articles related to pro bono service for publication, and organizing pro bono events) shall be considered when determining the recipient of the Award.

To nominate a paralegal for CAPA’s Pro Bono Award, submit a nomination under the following guidelines:

  1. Narrative format explaining why the nominee should be chosen as CAPA’s Pro Bono Services Award recipient.
  2. Nomination forms shall not exceed three (3) typewritten pages.
  3. All information regarding the identity of the nominee shall be listed at the TOP of the narrative only, including full name, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee.  Do not put the nominee’s name in the body of the nomination.
  4. Do not include any supporting letters or recommendations (narrative nomination only, is considered).
  5. Nominations that do not meet the foregoing requirements will not be submitted to the Selection Committee for consideration.

To ensure that nominations are complete and that the Selection Committee has ample information on each candidate, nominations should be submitted using the Nomination Form

The Pro Bono Award Committee Chair will appoint a committee of judges to judge the nominations forms on an anonymous basis. 

The Pro Bono Award will be announced at the June 2017 Officer Installation and Sustaining Member Expo and Appreciation Luncheon.  The recipient of the Award will be given a commemorative plaque honoring his/her commitment to Pro Bono Service.  

The nomination form must be submitted no later than May 31, 2017 to:

Stephanie Seuser and Kristina Kennedy Rigler, Paralegal
Chair, CAPA Pro Bono Award Committee Chairs


    Application Deadline June 9, 2017

CAPA awards two scholarships each year in the amount of $250 in memory of Nancy McLaughlin, a former CAPA member and friend to many.  This money can be used for CLE, including CAPA’s monthly lunch meetings, school, TAPS, CAPA membership, and other CLE events.  Applications are currently being accepted through June 9, 2017.  The winner will be announced at the July meeting.

Award: One $250 scholarship for any of the following:

  • TexasAdvanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS)

  • Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant Testing Fee (CP/CLA)

  • TexasBoard of Legal Specialization Testing Fee (TBLS)

  • Advanced Paralegal Certification Testing Fee (ACP)

  • CLE that has received credit from NALA, State Bar of Texas and/or TBLS
  • Tuition to paralegal programs at Texas State University, University of Texas, Austin Community College, or Center For Advanced Legal Studies.

  • Membership in CAPA.

One scholarship will be awarded. The Scholarship Recipient will be notified by email no later than 30 days after the deadline, June 9, 2017.

The specific use of the award does not need to be identified at the time of the application.  Within nine months of receiving written notification from CAPA of the award, it is the responsibility of the scholarship winner to contact the Scholarship Committee Chair for approval of the use and to make arrangement for the award to be paid directly to the provider.  If the use is less than $250, the remainder, in an amount not to exceed $50, will be given to the recipient to cover other related costs. 

Eligibility:  All voting, associate and student members of CAPA in good standing are eligible.

Criteria:  The Scholarship Committee Chair will appoint a committee of attorneys and paralegals to judge the essays on an anonymous basis.  The Scholarship Committee Chair will not be allowed to participate in the judging process.

The winning essay will be published in the CAPA Brief.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Scholarship Application and essay must be forwarded by
JUNE 9, 2017 to:

Irene Tong, Chair
CAPA Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 773
Austin, TX 78767

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