How do I become a member of VAPA?

Members of Virginia paralegal affiliated associations are automatically members of VAPA.  There is no separate membership application or membership fee.

Does VAPA offer mentoring or educational opportunities?

Contact your local paralegal association to learn about mentoring opportunities and educational seminars.  VAPA offers a biennial conference that is held in October. All paralegals are invited to attend.

What’s New in VA Law?


On February 16, 2017 the Virginia Board of Medicine (“The Board”) adopted regulations entitled “Governing Opioid Prescribing for Pain and Prescribing of Buprenorphine.” The regulations were adopted under the Board’s emergency authority given that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine declared on November 20, 2016 an opioid addiction crisis as a public health emergency. The regulations quickly advanced through the approval process by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget and were signed by the Governor on March 13, 2017. The regulations became effective March 15, 2017Read more.

New laws related to Game and Inland Fisheries, effective July 1, 2017: https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/legislation/

Read more new Virginia laws here.


These new Virginia laws took effect July 1, 2016:

  1. The legislature passed bills to eliminate the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and replace it with an authority that will have a board of directors and a chief executive officer to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. The law eliminating the agency takes effect in July 2018.
  2. A new law allows a mother to breastfeed in any place where she is lawfully present.
  3. McAuliffe signed three measures that emerged from his Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence. The measures require high school family life curricula to educate students on dating violence and other forms of sexual assault; train law enforcement on handling investigations involving sexual trauma; and tighten requirements for retaining physical evidence from sexual assault investigations. Physical evidence recovery kits from victims who initially elect not to report a sexual assault now will be stored for two years or longer.
  4. Lawmakers passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would grant the state board of education the authority to establish charter schools. Previously, only local school boards could establish charter schools. If the legislature approves the proposed constitutional amendment again in 2016, it will go on the state ballot in a 2016 referendum. If voters then passed it, it would become part of the state constitution in 2017.
  5. The new omnibus child day care law requires fingerprint-based background checks for licensed day care centers and family day homes. The law lowers to four from five the number of children unrelated to the provider who can be cared for in a family day home without a license. It requires employees and volunteers to notify the provider if they are convicted of certain crimes or are the subject of a founded complaint of child abuse or neglect. The provisions of the law that require licensing of family day homes providing care for five or more children will take effect on July 1, 2016. The provisions that require fingerprint-based national criminal history records checks take effect on July 1, 2017.
  6. A law signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe freezes base rates for political heavyweight Dominion Virginia Power until 2020 and stops the State Corporation Commission from conducting a comprehensive review of the company’s earnings until 2022.
  7. Bicycles, mopeds and other nonmotorized vehicles are now included in the list of vehicles for which a motorist can be cited for following too closely. Drivers passing a stationary mail vehicle that displays a flashing, blinking or alternating amber light must proceed with due caution and maintain a safe speed for the road conditions. When passing stationary trash collection vehicles on roads with fewer than four lanes the driver must decrease speed by 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit and pass at least 2 feet to the left of the vehicle.
  8. A new law bars the use of unmanned aircraft systems by law enforcement or regulatory agencies unless the agency has obtained a search warrant ahead of time. A search warrant is not required for certain uses, such as search and rescue operations and the use of such systems for private, commercial or recreational use.
  9. A new law seeks to protect a person who tries to help by reporting someone else’s overdose to authorities. The law establishes an affirmative defense to prosecution of an individual for simple possession of a controlled substance or marijuana, public intoxication or unlawful purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol if the person who makes the report stays at the scene, identifies himself and cooperates with law enforcement. Read more about the Good Samaritan law.
  10. A new law bars an employer from requiring a current or prospective employee to disclose the username and password of the person’s social media account. It also bars the employer from requiring a worker to add an employee, supervisor or administrator to his contact list.
  11. A new law requires state officials to make it possible for Virginians to get their income tax refunds paid by check and mailed to their address. The law applies to individual income tax returns relating to taxable year 2015 and taxable years thereafter.
  12. New laws governing ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft take effect. The services have been operating under interim rules that McAuliffe signed into law in February. The rules include background checks for drivers that would review felony histories and disqualify drivers who had a history of driving under the influence or other serious moving violations. Drivers must submit to zero-tolerance policies regarding the use of drugs or alcohol, and the companies agreed to hire only licensed drivers 21 and older. Drivers must maintain an additional $1 million of liability coverage from the moment a driver accepts a trip request until the passenger leaves the vehicle, and liability insurance for drivers who are logged on to the companies’ software but not providing services. Drivers for Uber and Lyft had until today to register personal vehicles with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to continue uninterrupted operation after the state’s new law takes effect.

Paralegals Week 2014

Governor Terence R. McAuliffe proclaims October 12-18, 2014, as Paralegals’ Week.


Mark your calendars now to attend the 2015 LGPA Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.

October 7-9, 2015
Location: Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center
6945 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
CLE Credits: 10

For more information, please visit LGPA’s website here.

VAPA/LGPA Joint Conference

October 15-18, 2014
Location: ROANOKE, VA

The Conference is located in Roanoke this year, and as always promises to be not only very educational, but also a lot of fun. There will be many opportunities to make new friends and network with other professionals.

Click here for Conference Brochure 2014 and Schedule.

Click here for Conference Handouts. Registrants are responsible for printing and bringing their own handouts. Notebooks with handouts are available for an additional $10 fee, payable at the time of registration.

VAPA would like to thank its Conference Vendors and Sponsors!

LGPA would like to thank its Reception Sponsors!


Sheraton Roanoke Hotel
2801 Hershberger Road
Roanoke, VA  24017
$97/night + taxes
(800) 325-3535
(540) 563-9300
Deadline:  September 15, 2014

$175 – 3 days
$125 – 2 days
$  75 – 1 day
Deadline:  September 30, 2014

2012 Conference Materials

Thursday, October 11, 2012
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Animal Control Presentation
          ~  Shannon Manning – bio

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
     Local Government Regulation ~1st Amendment Rights 
          ~  Mark Flynn, Esquire – bio included with material in link above

11:30 a.m.-12:30 pm.
     Witness Interview Techniques
          ~  Derek Swanson, Esquire

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
     LEGAL WRITING handout
          ~  David Shapiro, Esquire

Friday, October 12, 2012
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
     Ethics Seminar 2012
           ~  Susan Brewer – bio

10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
     Navigating the Abyss of Free Legal Information
          William Magee – bio

           ~  Patrick Logan – Bio

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
     Cyber Crimes Presentation Handout-c
          ~  Michael Maschke – bio
          ~  Jesse Lindmar – bio

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
     LexisNexis ~ Business Law Flyer
     LexisNexis ~One Page Product Summary (August, 2012)
     LexisNexis.com ~ At A Glance
          ~  Donna Baird – bio

     Family Law
          ~  Julie Cillo, Esquire
          ~  Melissa VanZile – bio

3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
     Elder Law: Surrogate Decision Making
          ~  Elizabeth Gray – bio

Saturday, October 13, 2012
9:00 am.-10:30 a.m.
     Employment Law
          ~  J.L. Holden – bio

     Forensic Weather
          ~  Zach Daniel – bio

2012 VAPA – LGPA Joint Conference

Virginia Alliance of Paralegal Associations and Local Government Paralegals Association  joint statewide conference scheduled October 10, 2012 thru October 13, 2012 at the Richmond Marriott West Hotel at Innsbrook, 4240 Dominion Boulevard, Glen Allen, Virginia.

Conference registration fees:  $175.00 – 3 days; $125.00 – 2 days; $75.00 – 1 day

Host Associations:  Tidewater Paralegal Association Virginia Peninsula Paralegal Association

CLE credits to NALA and NFPA available.

Includes speakers, LGPA events (board meeing, annual meeting, and reception/dinner), VAPA reception, and vendors.

For more information and to register for the 2012 VAPA-LGPA joint conference, please see the events page!


Richmond Marriott West Hotel at Innsbrook
4240 Dominion Boulevard
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

Reservations:  (804) 965-9500 * (888) 839-0610
Room rate:  $89/night + taxes
RESERVATION DEADLINE:  September 15, 2012

Call the Richmond Marriott West Hotel for reservations.  To get the group discounted rate of $89, let them know you are attending the VAPA/LGPA conference.  

Please remember that the room rate may change for reservations made after September 15, 2012.

Served by Carroll
Capitol Services, Inc.
South University, Richmond Campus
University of Richmond, Paralegal Studies
Capital Reporting Company
Halasz Reporting & Videoconference

Limited to 20 Vendors for the Conference.  

Mell and Frost, PC
Capitol Services, Inc.
Hester Process Service, Inc.
South University, Richmond Campus
Lawyers Staffing, Inc.


Contact: Teri Reece, RP at: treece@mellandfrost.com  or call: 540-786-4772 for more information.



VAPA Retreat




Wingate by Wyndham – Fredericksburg, 20 Sanford Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Phone:  (540) 368.8000; Fax:  (540) 368.9252



1.         Informal day – delegates arrive in afternoon, check-in if staying overnight.

2.         Dinner.  Although this dinner is not mandatory, it is an important “ice breaker” for the delegates to meet and greet each other informally.

**Members of all Associations are invited to attend!!  The Retreat is Free!!

RSVP for attendance to: Kathi Ingram, RP, kathi.ingram@marriott.com


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2011 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

1.         Sign attendance sheet.

2.         Introductions:  Your name, your association and your title within association, your employer.

Also answer the following questions:  (i) What is the most important benefit you     your association feels it gets from its    membership in VAPA and (ii) What would     you, as the delegate for your association like to see accomplished at today’s         strategic planning meeting?

3.         Brainstorming Session:

  • How has VAPA changed since its establishment in 1989?
  • What is VAPA “About”?  Has it changed from what is currently stated on its website?
  • Has the “Purposes and Goals” changed for VAPA or does it remain as it is stated on its website?  Are the “Goals” still realistic?  See attachment 2.
  • Some associations have a Mission Statement.  Does VAPA need one?

Should the VAPA Bylaws, dated 9/22/2007, be reviewed and updated by the delegates?