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President's Message

Published on 2/6/2018
Mission and Purpose

The RPA Board met the first Saturday in January to discuss RPA’s mission and purpose for being. What is RPA’s mission? Our Mission Statement is “…to foster professionalism, continuing legal education, public service and networking for paralegals in Central Virginia.” What does that mean? It is a summary of opportunities and events that the Association provides to its members. It is a commitment to serve the needs of a professional paralegal.

What is the purpose of RPA? To define purpose, I believe you must dig deeper and work harder than define a summary of what an association does. Purpose requires creativity, focus, motivation, and interaction. From a professional standpoint, purpose is what makes you stand apart in your office. It is what you do that adds value for the client. Purpose is what makes you love spending your day as a paralegal. After discussion, members of the Board said they believed the Board’s purpose was to pro