The Oregon Paralegal Association (OPA) is a volunteer-based professional association whose members are paralegals, students, and others who are interested in the paralegal profession.
The Purposes of the Oregon Paralegal Association (from our Bylaws)
Purposes: The purposes and objectives of this Association shall be exclusively of a nonprofit nature, all within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and the regulations thereunder, and shall include the following:
A) To advance and promote the professional and educational standards of paralegals;
B) To encourage and promote the continuing education of paralegals;
C) To uphold and elevate the standard of honor, integrity, and courtesy in the legal profession;
D) To administer a voluntary paralegal certification program in order to achieve the purposes outlined in A, B and C noted above.
E) To promote the employment, advancement, and education of paralegals, regardless of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation or political ideology;
F) To establish good fellowship among Association members and members of the legal community;
G) To engage in any lawful activity for which a nonprofit corporation may be organized under the Act and within the meaning of the Code.