We are a professional organization dedicated to the paralegal profession. We support paralegal/legal assistants by promoting professional development, education, and the Certified Legal Assistants (“CLA”), Certified Paralegal (“CP”) and Advanced Certified Paralegal (“ACP”) examinations. Please contact us concerning membership or for additional information about MPA.


Current News

Angel Tree Stuff the Truck Event

MPA Members:

As part of showing our continued support, MPA has volunteered to assist Scott Steele (US 96.3) with the Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Drive on Saturday, December 3rd at the Pearl Wal-Mart from 8am to 6 pm (2 hour shifts). Volunteers are responsible for greeting guests, encouraging them to “adopt” an Angel, explain the shopping process, collect goodies to load on the 18-wheeler and have lots of fun, which is pretty easy and super rewarding!!!

We need between 4-6 people for each shift, so if there are any members that want to work a certain shift with friends/co-workers that would be great! If you are interested in participating email Rachel Nesbit (rnesbit@heilmanlawgroup.com) to sign up for a shift. The shift times are as followed:

 8:00 am – 10:00 am

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 Please join us in showing support for this community service event.  Hope to see you there!



If you are interested in running for any Board position for 2017 please send your Declaration of Candidacy form to MPA, postmarked by August 24, 2016, to MPA’s post office box which is: MPA, Inc., P. O. Box 996, Jackson, MS 39205-0996


A Message from MPA Secretary:

MPA Members,

Join us Thursday, August 25, 2016, at noon for an open membership meeting.  We will have our usual luncheon, however no designated speaker.  We will have an informal discussion with all attending members and receive suggestions and changes they would like to see in our association for the entire State. We hope you will use this opportunity as a networking luncheon for all members and ask that you bring a friend so they can obtain information about our organization and hopefully become an active member. 

We will have the usual Door Prizes and a little something extra!  There will be no CLE credit for this luncheon, however, the upcoming Fall Seminar on September 22, 2016, will give you an opportunity to obtain 6 hours CLE in one day. Please let me know by 12:00 noonMonday, August 22, 2016 if you plan to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Shantaye Q. Payton
MPA Secretary


Spring Seminar First Speaker

Spring Seminar Second Speaker

Spring Seminar Third Speaker

Spring Seminar Fourth Speaker



 April 28, 2016

MPA Spring Seminar was a success! I would like to extend a special thanks to our guest speakers, attendees, and MPA Board members for their participation and attendance.  The WINNER of the Spring Raffle was Zenda Heafner.  Zenda won a 40″ LED HDTV!  Amanda Cain was awarded a certificate and a gift card for selling the most raffle tickets! Congratulations to Zenda Heafner and Amanda Cain.

MPA will volunteer to serve the homeless at Stewpot Community Center on tomorrow, April 29th at 11:30am.  If you are interested in participating, please contact MPA Secretary Shantaye Payton.  Your attendance and participation is encouraged.

Our next monthly luncheon will be held May 26, 2016 at the Capital Club from 12pm to 1pm.  We hope to see everyone there!



Hello Members,

I hope all is well with everyone.  Time is getting near for MPA’s Spring Seminar Raffle. I wonder whose going to be the MPA member awarded for the most raffle ticket sales? Will it be you?  Well, we will have to see!  Raffle tickets may be sold up to the date of the seminar.  All tickets and funds must be turned in to the MPA Treasurer upon arrival at the seminar.  Members participation is greatly encouraged. See ya at the Spring Seminar!
Your MPA President
Glenisa Jiles


 Dear Members:

 MPA, Inc. will be hosting its 2016 Spring Seminar on Thursday, April 28, 2016. There will be great speakers, exciting topics, door prizes and fun for all.  Be on the lookout for a complete brochure at a later date.

 Everyone is encouraged to attend, so mark your calendars and return those forms as soon as possible.  The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 26, 2016.*

 Hope to see you there!!


 Shantaye Q. Payton

MPA Secretary




To: All Certified MPA Members

Date: April 07, 2016

Re: MPA’s CLA Coordinator

Hello Certified MPA Members:

I hope this memo finds you in great spirits! MPA needs your help! As mentioned during the beginning of this year, MPA has a few committee chairpersons’ positions to be filled this year. One in particular is a CLA Coordinator. I believe that this position is an important one and we need dedicated persons to assist with helping other members and students to become certified.

This appointed Chairman must be a Certified Legal Assistant or a Certified Legal Assistant Specialist. The Coordinator will organize study sessions, including the annual Study Review Course, provide a meeting place, assist the group in setting up a study calendar, locate outside instructors as needed, and provide access to study material. This Chairman will work with NALA in providing an appropriate location for administration of the exam, if necessary.

Ms. Shovokie Dinkins, MPA’s Student Liaison and Paralegal Director at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus has agreed to assist with the study groups and/or offer her assistance. However, we will need an MPA Certified member to lead the study group and oversee this project. We currently do not have anyone assisting in this area. It would be great to have at least two to four certified members to oversee this project and work with Ms. Dinkins. This would be beneficial for students completing the paralegal program and for those paralegals seeking certification.

I am asking for at least four volunteers to assist and drive this project. If you are willing to serve as a CLA Coordinator and assist with helping others to become certified, please respond via email directly to me at glenisa@myattorney.net or glenisajiles@gmail.com.

Thank you in advance for your time and dedication.


TO:  MPA Members

FROM: Glenisa Jiles, MPA President

DATE:  March 11, 2016

RE: MPA Spring Raffle

MPA will raffle a SCEPTRE 40″ LED HDTV at our Spring Seminar on April 28, 2016.  The funds raised will go towards our student scholarships and other MPA Business as needed.  The Raffle tickets will be sold for $5.

I am asking for all member participation.  Our goal is for each member to sell at least six raffle tickets.  Of course, we are encouraging members to sell as many tickets as possible.  The member who sells the most number of tickets will be rewarded at the Spring Seminar.

The raffle tickets will be sold from March 11, 2016 through April 28, 2016.  All tickets sold and money should be submitted to MPA’s Treasurer, Tanya Trosclair, no later than the morning of April 28, 2016, during registration at the Spring Seminar.  There are six raffle tickets attached to this memo.  You may print more tickets as needed.

Again, I encourage all member participation in order to make this raffle a success.  I am available for any questions via email.  Thank you much!



Happy New Year Members! I welcome each of you and hope that you all have had a prosperous year thus far. This year MPA has put together various events and activities for our members. We have an interesting line up of speakers and topics for our luncheons and seminars. I encourage each member to participate in MPA activities and functions we have planned for the year. Within the next couple of weeks, I will send out notices to all members of the upcoming events and activities. With the involvement of all members, MPA will have a successful year!

This year I will be attempting to fill vacant board member positions and committee chairman positions. I have attached a printout of the vacant positions and their responsibilities. If you are interested in serving on the board in one of the vacant positions, please send an email of interest to me your MPA President at glenisajiles@gmail.com or glenisa@myattorney.net . If you are interested in serving on a committee, please send an email of interest to our VP of Membership, Peggy Haralson-Cox at haralsonpa@fwpk.com.

Again, welcome and I wish all a successful year!

2016 NALA Convention

The 2016 NALA Convention is scheduled for July 13-15 in Las Vegas, NV.  We encourage those who are interested in attending to start making travel plans soon. Please continue to monitor this website as well as NALA’s website (www.nala.org) for more information. We look forward to seeing you in Vegas.



Stewpot Community Services

MPA will be volunteering at Stewpot on Friday, April 29, 2016. MPA members who are interested in volunteering should email Shantaye Payton, MPA Secretary as soon as possible. You should arrive at Stewpot no later than 11:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you there!!!


Blair E. Batson Children Hospital  

MPA is currently accepting donations for the Blair E. Batson Children Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Donations will be accepted from now until December 1, 2015. Please contact a MPA board member should you wish to donate to this worthy cause.

  Items Needed:

1.     Toiletries – Any type of toiletry such as soap, lotion, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, wipes, and any other type of toiletries. This is much needed at both hospitals.  Usually parents do not know when they are coming to Blair E. Batson, so the hospital provides the parents toiletries. This is very much needed;  and/or

 2.     Magazines – Any type of magazines that are in good condition.  Parents like to have them and read them. Sometimes they do not want to turn the television on after their son or daughter has drifted off to sleep, so they read magazines.


Attorneys…law firms…businesses …take notice…

MPA Job Bank is available to you. Instead of paying for expensive advertising to attract qualified paralegals and assistants, why not advertise with MPA? Let MPA post your job openings and contact information on our Job Bank. The MPA Job Bank is only viewed by MPA members.  Qualified applicants will contact you and you can begin the process of choosing your next employee. Give us a try!

Contact  the MPA Job Bank Coordinator, Tina G. West, at WestTG@fpwk.com with the job information you want posted.


The April 2016 Spring Seminar and luncheon will be at on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Capital Club (Downtown Jackson), 125 South Congress Street, Jackson, MS 39201.  There will be great speakers, exciting topics, door prizes and fun for all. The luncheon will be buffet style. Please make plans to attend.

The Seminar and luncheon fee is $35.00 for MPA Members, $20 for Students, $45 for Non-members and $17.00 for the luncheon only.  The fees include parking for the Capital Club. The Remote Location will not meet this month. Please email secretary@msparalegals.org by 12:00 noon on the Monday before the seminar and luncheon if you plan to attend – and designate which location you will be attending. Please remember if you make reservations to attend the luncheon and do not attend, you will be responsible for the $17.00.

To pay online for attending the luncheon, please see below.

 Luncheon Pictures


Type of Participation
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