COALA was formed in 1984 to provide a forum of communication, support, assistance and continuing education for Paralegals, as well as to establish standards and guidelines for proper and effective utilization of Paralegals by members of the Bar to provide a higher quality of legal services at a lower cost to the client.
To provide a forum of communication among paralegals.
To provide a network of support and assistance among paralegals.
To provide sources of continuing legal education to paralegals and members of the legal community, particularly in the form of seminars and publications.
To establish standards and guidelines for proper and effective utilization of paralegals by members of the Bar to provide a higher quality of legal services at lower cost to the client.
To promote the paralegal as an educated and experienced professional.
To maintain the high standards of professional responsibility and conduct imposed upon all members of the Bar.
COALA strives to meet its goals and objectives through the instigation and continuation of activities designed to promote the paralegal profession. Some ongoing activities, include:
Monthly continuing legal education meetings.
Quarterly publication of the newsletter “COALA CORNER”.
Seminars and workshops for paralegals.
Participation in State and County Bar activities, such as Law Day.
Establishment of scholarships for students enrolled in ABA approved legal assistant programs and for COALA Members taking the NALA CP or ACP exam.