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Nancy McLaughlin Scholarship

Who is Nancy McLaughlin?

Nancy Carmen McLaughlin, CLAS, TPS, was a legal assistant at the Law Offices of William Schmidt for 12 years prior to her sudden death on Friday, Dec. 8, 2000.

She was dedicated, hard working, and attentive to the needs of clients and her employer. Nancy received her Certification as a Legal Assistant in 1993 from NALA. She also received a Specialty Certification from NALA and the State Bar of Texas.

Many remember Nancy as a very active member of CAPA and the Legal Assistant Division of the State Bar of Texas, now known as the Paralegal Division. She spent many hours volunteering for both organizations and motivating others to become involved themselves. She served in many capacities, most notably as Programs Chair and President of CAPA, and as Editor of the Texas Paralegal Journal, published by the Paralegal Division.

Nancy touched the lives of many people, and often you will hear them say they thought of her as family. She was an animal lover and left behind four dogs and a cat. She was a kind and generous friend and devoted her free time to animal causes, Meals on Wheels, and those in need. She is still missed sorely by her many friends.



Deadline to Apply:  JUNE 11, 2021 at 5:00pm

Download the Scholarship Application here.

The scholarship application and essay must be emailed to:

Lindsey Reyes

CAPA Scholarship Committee


To honor Nancy, CAPA offers scholarships which may be used for any of the following:

  • Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS)
  • Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant (CP/CLA) Exam Fee
  • Advanced Paralegal Certification (ACP) Course Fee
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) Exam Fee
  • 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 dues for CAPA, Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas, NALA, or NFPA.

CAPA typically offers two scholarships per year.  Scholarship funds must be used by the recipient within 12 months of the date of award.

The specific use of the award does not need to be identified at the time of the application. 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.  Scholarship funds must be used within 12 months of receipt.

All Voting, Associate and Student Members of CAPA in good standing are eligible.

The Scholarship Committee Chair(s) will appoint a committee to judge the scholarship applications on an anonymous basis.  The Scholarship Committee Chair(s) and two Board members may participate in the judging process.

The winning essay will be published in the CAPA newsletter and website.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarship Committee Chair

Lindsey Bentley, MA

Germer Beaman & Brown PLLC

Email the Scholarship Committee

Updated 2021.05.21

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