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.



CAPA's annual membership meeting and election of 2018-2019 Officers will take place at the May luncheon on May 30, 2018. 


President-Elect:  Brittany Posadas, MBA, TBLS-BCP
Secretary:          Sherry Stowers
Treasurer:          Brenda Colvin, TBLS-BCP
Parliamentarian: Ruth Konderla
(Additional nominations may be made at the meeting.)

CAPA VOTING MEMBERS: If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to cast your vote for the 2018-2019 CAPA officers, please complete this Proxy and deliver it to CAPA Parliamentarian, Ruth Konderla, no later than 5:00 p.m., Tues., May 29, 2018.

Click here for a copy of CAPA's 2018 Annual Report to the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations.

Upcoming events

May 23, 2018 6:30 PM • Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702
May 31, 2018 5:00 PM •
June 07, 2018 12:00 PM • Teleconference
June 08, 2018 5:00 PM •
June 11, 2018 11:45 AM • Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701

2017-2018 Pro Bono Award
Call for Nominations

Nomination Deadline:  MAY 31, 2018

This award will be given to a member of the Capital Area Paralegal Association who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to pro bono service. 

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 to primarily 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. 

CAPA has developed the Pro Bono Service Award (the “Award”).  The Award seeks to recognize an outstanding practicing paralegal who has rendered pro bono service, as defined above, and which further meets or demonstrates the following:


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:

a)     Narrative format explaining why the nominee should be chosen as CAPA’s Pro Bono Services Award recipient.

b)    Nomination forms shall not exceed three (3) typewritten pages.

c)     All information regarding the identity of the nominee shall be listed at the TOP of the narrative only, including full name, address, telephone number & email address of the nominee.  Do not put the nominee’s name in the body of the nomination.

d)    Do not include any supporting letters or recommendations (only narrative nomination is considered).

e)     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 will be announced at the June 2018 Officer Installation and Vendor Parade.  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, 2018

Stephanie Seuser and Kristina Kennedy
CAPA Pro Bono Award Committee Chairs

Nancy McLaughlin Scholarship Applications accepted through June 8, 2018

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 8, 2018. 


Award: One $250.00 scholarship for any of the following:

  • TexasAdvanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS)
  • Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant Testing Fee (CP/CLA)
  • Advanced Paralegal Certification Course Fee (ACP)
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Testing Fee (TBLS)
  • Other 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; Paralegal Division, SBOT; NALA; and NFPA
  • Purchase of paralegal books and textbooks.

One scholarship will be awarded. The Scholarship Recipient will be notified by email and announcedby email in mid-July 2018.  It is not necessary to identify the specific use of the award at the time of application.  It is the responsibility of the scholarship winner to contact the Scholarship Committee Chair for approval of the use of the funds and to make arrangements for the award to be paid directly to the provider. Scholarship funds must be used within 12 months of date of award. If the use is less than $250.00, the remainder, in an amount not to exceed $50.00, 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:  Submit the completed application and essay.  Essays should be minimum one page but no more than two pages, typed and single-spaced.  Essays will be judged not only on content but also on spelling, grammar, and general readability. 


Incomplete applications and applications received after 5:00 PM Central Time on the deadline date will not be considered.


Selection:  The Scholarship Committee Chair will appoint a committee to judge the essays on an anonymous basis.  The Scholarship Committee Chair and two Board members may participate in the judging process.


The winning essay will be published in the CAPA Brief.


The Scholarship Application and essay must be forwarded by
JUNE 8, 2018


Irene Tong, Chair
CAPA Scholarship Committee

2018 CP Exam Changes

The NALA Certifying Board provides oversight for the development and ongoing maintenance of the Certified Paralegal Examination. The Certifying Board approved the new structure for the CP examination effective January 2018 due to results of the recent job analysis, improvements in technology, and recent refinements by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The new exam structure allows for a new format and content, quicker exam results, and more testing windows! 

To read all the new exam specifications click here.




CAPA is pleased to announce that former CAPA President Stephanie Sterling, TBLS-BCP, will be installed as President of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas at the Paralegal Division Luncheon & Annual Meeting on Friday, June 22, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at Austin Marriott South, 4415 South IH-35, here in Austin.  CAPA will pay the registration fee ($60.00) for four (4) lucky CAPA members to attend.

Register for a chance to be "sponsored" by CAPA.  Winners will be randomly selected and notified no later than May 22, 2018.  If you are available to attend the 2018 PD Annual Meeting on June 22nd,be sure to register before the deadline!

The deadline to register to be included in the drawing is 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2018. 


Updated 5.11.2018



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