Mission Statement

THE ORANGE COUNTY PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION IS COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE THROUGH EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY.

History and Purpose

The Orange County Paralegal Association (OCPA), was formed in 1977 in response to a growing need for an organized professional association for paralegals. Originally formed as a section of the Orange County Bar Association, OCPA became an independent, voluntary, non-profit corporation in 1986 for paralegals interested in furthering their professional development.

In 1995 OCPA joined the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) as an affiliated association. NALA promotes the ethical practices of the paralegal profession and administers the CLA program, a self regulatory program offering national credential for legal assistants.