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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.


Nancy McLaughlin Scholarship Applications accepted through December 31, 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 December 31, 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 announced by email in mid-January 2019.  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 DECEMBER 31, 2018 to:


Lisa K. Mitchener, Chair
CAPA Scholarship Committee

Upcoming events

December 13, 2018 12:00 PM • Teleconference
December 31, 2018 5:00 PM •
January 12, 2019 10:00 AM • Noelke Maples St. Leger Bryant, LLP, 901 S. Mopac Expressway, Barton Oaks Plaza II - Suite 200, Austin, TX 78746n, TX 78759
January 30, 2019 11:45 AM • Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones Dr., Austin, TX 78731
February 14, 2019 12:00 PM • Teleconference
February 23, 2019 9:00 AM • Travis County Law Library, 314 W. 11th St., Suite 140, Austin, TX 78701

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.


Wild Apricot For Members app

The Wild Apricot For Members app allows CAPA members to log in and view content drawn from our Wild Apricot site.  

What can CAPA members do with the member app?

  • View a member directory;
  • View a member's profile;
  • Email fellow members;
  • View an event calendar and event details;
  • Register for an event;
  • Specify the number of guests (if the registration type was set up to collect the total number of guests only);
  • View existing event registrations;
  • Pay an outstanding event registration fee;
  • View your member profile.

What can't CAPA members do with the member app?

  • Delete existing event registrations;
  • Update your member profile.

Downloading the member app

The Wild Apricot member app is currently only available for iOS.  You can download the Wild Apricot For Members app for iOS in the Apple Store.

Updated 12.2.2018


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Ten percent (10%) of your CAPA merchandise purchase will support our current Flower Fund charity. 

Here's your chance to get great CAPA logo products and support charity at the same time!


Click on the logo below to donate to  CAPA's 2018-2019 Flower Fund Charity online:

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