Paralegal Affiliate Membership

Paralegal Affiliate Membership
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Q. What is the Paralegal Affiliate Membership?
A. The Arkansas Bar Association (ArkBar) offers a Paralegal Affilliate Membership  for legal support staff, including paralegals, legal assistants, or office managers, etc. ArkBar has always been the premier provider of continuing legal education and networking opportunities for Arkansas attorneys. We offer some of those same opportunities to our attorney members’ support staff. 

Q. Who is a supervising ArkBar Member? 
A.  Paralegal Affiliate Members must be employed by an ArkBar member attorney who is responsible for supervising their work. Employment and supervision must be confirmed annually.  

Q. Can this be incorporated into firm billing or the supervising attorney’s billing? 
A. Yes. Call Janet Marshall at
501-801-5672 or email 

Q. What are the benefits to the attorney member and law firm?
A. Benefits include: 

Law office management. Improved efficiency and effectiveness, leading to increased profitability.

Law office professionalism.   Paralegal Affiliate Membership provides opportunities for networking with peers across the state to learn and experience a higher level of professionalism.   

Free and low-cost training. Law office budgets also benefit from the free and low-cost training for their support staff who are Paralegal Affiliate Members.  

Employee benefits. A law office that pays for its support staff to have Paralegal Affiliate Membership is providing an attractive employee benefit.  Providing this benefit signals to support staff and clients that a law office respects and is willing to invest in the work and professionalism of its support staff.  Law office attorneys and Paralegal Affiliate Members have opportunities to connect in ArkBar committees and volunteer work.  

Community recognition. A law office with Paralegal Affiliate Members may advertise to the public that its support staff are Paralegal Affiliate Members.

Q. What are the benefits for the affiliate member? 
A. Benefits include: 

Access to Fastcase, ArkBar’s free legal research tool. 
Focused legal research training available with certificates of completion. 

Networking through the ArkBar Community Exchange (ACE) community. Using the ACE community, Paralegal Affiliate Members can network with each other, post documents and take advantage of the discussion forum to communicate with each other. 

Free unlimited access to Affinity Insight. Over 150 training videos and thought-provoking webinars. Topics range from training on page numbering in Microsoft Word, using the typewriter tool in Adobe, creating rules in Outlook, and using any of the other products in the Microsoft Suite to training on legal-specific products like Clio, Hotdocs, PCLaw, Tabs3, and many more.

Free unlimited access to the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. (CALI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of law schools, law libraries, and related organizations. CALI conducts applied research and development in the area of computer-mediated legal education and creates tools that increase access to justice. CALI hosts and facilitates the creation of CALI Lessons, a library of over 1,200 interactive legal tutorials written by law professors. Resources include books, webinars, lessons, podcasts, online classes, and more.

The Arkansas Lawyer Magazine – online version. 

Arkansas Bar Association
Guidelines for Paralegal Utilization

Proper utilization of the services of paralegals contributes to the delivery of cost effective, high-quality legal services. Paralegals and the legal profession should be assured that measures exist for identifying paralegals and their role in assisting attorneys in the delivery of legal services. The primary governing rule in utilizing paralegal services is Rule 5.3 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct: “supervising lawyers should ensure that the conduct of paralegals and legal assistants is compatible with the lawyer’s professional obligations.

View the Guidelines for Paralegal Utilization