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Welcome Current & Future DCPA Members!

The Association was established in 1991 as a voluntary nonprofit organization, originally known as the Greater Denton Legal Assistants
Association (GDLAA).  In 2005, the Association changed its name
to the Denton County Paralegal Association (DCPA).  Since its founding,
the DCPA has steadily increased membership, developed a reputation
for high standards, and fostered respect within the legal community.


DCPA’s purpose is to promote the professional objectives and goals of
paralegals in Denton County, Texas; to encourage, promote, and conduct programs of continuing education and professional development; and to
promote high standards of integrity and professionalism for paralegals.

Mission Statement

The DCPA’s mission is to promote the paralegal profession and goals of the paralegal by
  • Recognizing the unique challenges facing the paralegal.
  • Emphasizing continuing legal education among members of the profession.
  • Promoting high standards of integrity and professionalism for paralegals.
  • Advocating utilization of the paralegal as a valued team member.
  • Offering networking opportunities among peers.
  • Providing a voice for its members on the issues facing the paralegal profession.
  • Establishing positive fellowship among Association members and members of the legal community.
  • Encouraging involvement in community service projects through        DCPA or other non-profit organizations.

Code of Ethics

To effect its purpose, DCPA adopts as a guideline for professional conduct the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas.



2020 DCPA Executive Officers:
Holly McDuffie - President

Carla Pressly - President-Elect 

Sharron Dowdle – Secretary-Parliamentarian
Lisa Pittman – Treasurer
Jenna Earhart – Historian

2020 DCPA Committee Chairs:
CLE – Kim Spivey

Fundraising - TBD

Social - Carla Pressly

Legal Directory - TBD
Membership - Jodi Moss
Newsletter – Lisa Pittman
Scholarship - Laura Powers


DCPA is a member of the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations


Upcoming Events

Wellness Retreat - Well Received!

The 2nd Wellness Retreat hosted by DCPA was held from May 31st - June 2nd at the StillwaterS Retreat Center in Springtown, Texas. 


Guest speakers included Kelly Jones, LCSW and Director of the Center for Emotional  Health, Wise County Health System, who kicked off our Saturday afternoon by speaking about mindfulness, leading a mindfulness exercise, touching on stress management and how the brain and body process stress.  We also earned 1-hour of Ethics CLE which was presented by Joncilee Davis, ACP, a Paralegal at Polsinelli in Dallas, Texas.


Participants had the opportunity to get a massage, attend yoga, meditation, hike, swim, and explore the Stillwaters grounds throughout their stay.  Participants enjoyed an interactive group event, “A Tropical Flamingle”!  Our hula dancers were entertaining and even taught us how to hula dance!  Great job everyone on coming in your luau best!  The grass skirts, leis, etc. were awesome! 


2020 Wellness Retreat:  Plans are already in the works for next year’s retreat!! 

A huge THANK YOU to each of the below listed 2019 Wellness Retreat Sponsors:

  • Texas Health Denton
  • Texas Bar College
  • Godspeed Legal Services – Jeanne L. Mosal
  • The Chenault Law Firm
  • In Memory of Wendy Keever, Paralegal
  • Medieval Times – Dallas Castle
  • Massage Envy – Denton, Texas
  • 3X3FIT!
  • D2 Laser Tag, Lewisville, Texas
  • Carla Pressly
  • Michele Roberts – Norwex
  • Bertrand Law Firm
  • Sierra Taylor (Artist)

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