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Message from PPA President:


The Executive Board has performed a review of our bylaws and has proposed amendments we would like to present for consideration.  Per the bylaws, we must provide copies of the proposed changes 30 days before the vote.  Our next meeting is on April 17, and we would like to hold a vote at that time.


Here are our proposed changes.  Many are cosmetic changes.  But there are three substantial changes we are proposing. 

  1. Definition of a paralegal;
  2. Changes to the provisional student membership to allow membership in the year after graduation whether or not employed as a paralegal; and
  3. Removal of references to SCAPA, which no longer exists.


Voting members, please plan to attend to vote on these proposed changes.  If you wish to submit a vote by proxy, please give your proxy in writing to your designated person.


Thank you,



Barbara Jones 



Please join us for April Luncheon & CLE

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m


The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201

(Click here for the invitation. Please remember to RSVP).

 Please note that we will be voting on the proposed By-Laws changes at our April meeting.

Thank you for your participation!





Richland County Probate Court presents

12th Annual Guardian ad Litem Training

GAL Duties and Responsibilities under the Code changes effective January 1, 2019

April 26, 2019 - Columbia, South Carolina

If you are interested, please contact the Richland County Probate Court at 803-576-1997 to sign up.




Institute for Paralegal Education presents

A Litigation Paralegal Guide to Case Management

April 30, 2019 - Columbia, South Carolina (6.0 CPE credits)

Click here for more information





Congratulations to Christina Metze

Palmetto Paralegal Association's 2018 Paralegal of the Year







In Brief - Fall 2018: Click here to download our latest newsletter 





UPDATE - 4/28/16 - South Carolina Certified Paralegal applications now available - .pdf version here:


UPDATE - 4/20/2016 - South Carolina Supreme Court approved recommendation of the S.C. Board of Paralegal Certification to reduce the required number of annual CLE hours for paralegals certified under Rule 430, SCACR (from 12 to 10 hours). See order downloadable here:


1/6/2016 - the South Carolina Supreme Court has approved Rule 429, SCACR adopting a program for voluntary certification of paralegals in South Carolina and the members of the Board of Paralegal Certification have been appointed.

  Further details are available here and here





Non-members are welcome to attend PPA's regular membership meetings and educational seminars.  For more information about the upcoming meeting or to be added to our email distribution list to receive future notices, please contact Linnea Hann at


Questions about PPA membership?  Please contact: Donna Whigham at  













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