The West Texas Paralegal Association ("WTPA") was organized on October 8, 1983, as the West Texas Association of Legal Assistants ("WTALA"). WTPA was formed to promote the paralegal profession in West Texas, and to provide access to continuing legal education for paralegals/legal assistants, with no social or fundraising activities. WTPA is a voluntary organization that cannot function without the time, abilities, goals, and plans of its members. All members are valued. The sharing of ideas to promote viable programs is encouraged, all while enjoying fellowship, professional development, prestige, and networking.