Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia ("LAPSWV") is a non-profit organization established in 2004 in Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia.  LAPSWV is an affiliated association of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

LAPSWV promotes high standards in the legal assistant profession, establishes networking resources for legal assistants/paralegals, and provides integrity in the legal community. LAPSWV also contributes to the community by participating in a number of charitable programs.  LAPSWV strives to raise professional standards in the legal assistant/paralegal profession by providing opportunities for personal growth and development through educational experiences and the networking with other professionals.

Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia was founded:

  • To further education among members of the legal assistants/paralegal profession;
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of viewpoints on matters involving the legal assistant/paralegal profession;
  • To promote and involve the legal assistant/paralegal in the development of guidelines on the standardization of the legal assistant profession;
  • To establish good fellowship among association members, the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (“NALA”) , and members of the legal community;
  • To encourage a high order of ethical and professional attainment;
  • To cooperate with bar associations and other law related organizations; and
  • To support and carry out the programs, purposes, aims and goals of the NALA .

LAPSW offers an annual academic scholarship, an CLA/CP scholarship and an ACLA/ACP scholarship awarded at the Annual Meeting and Seminar. Through the scholarship programs LAPSWV encourages continuing education.

Legal Assistants Paralegals of Southern West Virginia - LAPSWV