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Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA) is a voluntary non-profit corporation comprised of paralegals and legal assistants, students, and vendors in Austin, Texas and the Central Texas area.  CAPA was organized in September 1978 by a small group of pioneering paralegals and has since grown into the largest Texas affiliate of NALA - The Paralegal Association.


CAPA invites all members to the annual


Please join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, and prizes! 

CAPA Members:  Free
Guests:  $10.00 each
SMs: Two people at no charge; $10.00 for additional guest

Valet parking is complimentary.

Register here by December 9th!


Nancy McLaughlin Scholarship Fund

Applications currently being accepted through January 9, 2017


Nancy Carmen McLaughlin, CLAS, TPS was a legal assistant at the Law Offices of William Schmidt for twelve years prior to her sudden death on Friday, December 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 the National Association of Legal Assistants (“NALA”).  She also received a Specialty Certification from NALA and the State Bar of Texas. 

Many remember Nancy as a very active member of the Capital Area Paralegal Association (“CAPA”) and the Legal Assistant Division of the State Bar of Texas, now known as the Paralegal Division (“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 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.

Send completed application and essay to:

 Irene Tong, Chair
CAPA Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 773
Austin, TX 78767


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Certified Paralegal Examinees

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Upcoming events

December 08, 2016 12:00 PM • Teleconference
December 14, 2016 6:00 PM • Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones Dr., Austin, TX 78731
December 21, 2016 • -
December 25, 2016 12:00 PM •
January 09, 2017 5:00 PM •
January 14, 2017 10:00 AM • Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C., 4201 West Parmer Lane, Suite A-100, Austin, TX 78727

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