About NFPA - History of NFPA

Historical Highlights

1974 Eight associations come together to found NFPA®. Among the first orders of business are:
  A draft Code of Ethics.
  The establishment of a task force regarding certification.
1976 Newsletter launched.
1978 Resolution passed that NFPA® will incorporate.
  Membership is now 15 organizations; nearly double.
1983 NFPA® appoints its first representative to the ABA
  Executive Director hired.
  Membership increased to 27 associations with a total of over 6,000 individuals.
1987 Definition of "paralegal" agreed upon. "Paralegal" and "Legal Assistant" deemed interchangeable.
1990 Eight new member associations join this year alone.
1995 Paralegals.org website established. Believed to be the first website dedicated to the profession.
  Resolution passes to create a foundation which will use the proceeds from the PACE® program
for the benefit of not just the NFPA® but the entire paralegal profession.
1996 PACE Registered Paralegal® certification program launches.
1999 Term limits established for Board members.
2003 NFPA® is now 55 associations, over 13,000 individuals, strong!
2006 The Foundation for the Advancement of the Paralegal Profession is re-established.
2011 Paralegal Core Competency Exam™ launches.

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Download the full History of NFPA document (PDF) for more information.

View the Past Board Members and Coordinators page.

View the 40th Anniversary Program (PDF) and NFPA History in Pictures video (391 MB WMV) or request permission to reprint (PDF) some or all of their contents.

modified 11/3/2014

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