About Us

    The American Bar Association definition of a Paralegal

    (adopted by the ABA House of Delegates in August 1997, updated as of Feb. 2020)

    “A paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.


    Current Bylaws and Standing Rules

    AAPi Bylaws- revised 8.22.2020

    Bylaws as revised, voted and approved by the membership

    AAPi's Standing Rules 8.22.20

    Standing Rules updated and approved by the 2019-20 Board of Directors

    AAPi's Goals

    To further education among members of the profession.

    AAPi recognizes the importance of the paralegal staying abreast of the latest developments in technology and the areas in which the paralegal works. To meet those needs, AAPi sponsors seminars throughout the state, taught by attorneys, attorney/paralegal teams and legal educators. Many seminars include practical workshops designed to meet the needs of those entering the profession, as well as the needs of the experienced paralegal.

    To encourage a high order of ethical and professional attainment.

    In agreeing to be bound by the Canons and the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of AAPi and NALA on becoming a member, one also agrees to be governed by the Code of Professional Responsibility of the American Bar Association. No higher goal could be more desirous in the legal profession.

    To cooperate with bar associations.

    AAPi provides a link with the Alabama Bar Association and cooperates and assists local associations in better understanding the role and utilization of paralegals within the profession.

    To establish good fellowship among AAPi members, the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., and members of the legal community.

    AAPi membership provides the basis for growth, strength, and accomplishment of professional goals. Through fellowship we share experiences and build positively on those experiences. It is through our sharing of ideas with our membership and with those who share our common goals that we achieve our professional objectives.

    To support and carry out the programs, purposes and goals of NALA.

    As an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., AAPi provides the opportunity for national involvement in the paralegal profession. NALA strives for the professional development and continuing education of paralegals throughout the United States.