Who We Are

GAP's purposes remain the same as when first formulated over 35 years ago:

  • to enhance the role of paralegals in the legal profession;
  • to improve the working conditions of paralegals; 
  • and to maintain a continuing relationship with bar associations throughout the state.

Position Statements
On September 14, 2010, the Georgia Association of Paralegals’ Board of Directors approved GAP’s Paralegal Standards Committee’s recommendations and adopted position statements with respect to GAP’s Definition of a Paralegal; GAP’s Position on Regulation; GAP’s Position on Short-term Educational Programs; and, GAP’s Minimum Standards & Qualification Standards for Paralegals in the State of Georgia.

It is the intent of the Georgia Association of Paralegals’ Board of Directors in adopting these position statements that they serve as a guide to Paralegals seeking positions or holding Paralegal positions in Georgia. It is also the intent of the Georgia Association of Paralegals’ Board of Directors in adopting these Minimum Standards & Qualifications that they serve as a guide for Georgia attorneys, corporations, governmental entities, and all other entities who utilize the services of Paralegals. GAP’s Position Statements.


History
In 1973, a group of Atlanta area paralegals joined together to form the Atlanta Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. Their objective was to provide support for persons entering this new field, and to promote the profession to the legal community. They also wanted to create a forum for contributing to the discussions and decisions of both state and local bar associations regarding training and utilization of paralegals by attorneys. "Paralegalism" soon extended across the state, and it became apparent that people outside Atlanta needed a voice as well. Membership was expanded to include all legal assistants in Georgia. In January, 1976, AALA became GALA - Georgia Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. In 1997, GALA became GAP - Georgia Association of Paralegals, Inc.