Using the direction and input from the OPA membership and feedback from respected members of the legal community, the OPA Regulation Committee drafted a voluntary certification program, the Oregon Certified Paralegal (OCP), to establish a standard of competency and accountability for paralegals in Oregon. This program is an opportunity for Oregon paralegals to validate their qualifications, offers a credential to Oregon paralegals that meet certain education and experience requirements and brings Oregon inline with other states who have enacted a voluntary certification program, whether through the local paralegal association or the local bar associations.
The membership voted to approve the Bylaw Amendment to include the administration of a voluntary paralegal certification program to the mission of the Association. In coordination with that approved Bylaw Amendment, the membership voted to approve the Resolution approving the creation of the OCP Program at OPA's Annual Business Meeting November 4th at the KahNeeTa Warm Springs Spa and Resort. The approved program proposal is provided in its entirety at the link below.
The program will become effective on January 1, 2017 and the Regulation Committee members to roll out the program will be appointed and approved by the OPA Board of Directors.
For more information on the program, contact the Regulation Committee Chair, Tom Holmes, RP at firstname.lastname@example.org.