On August 26, 2022, our firm’s senior paralegal Joanna Lubczanska, ACP, FRP received her second Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP®) credential in the advanced law area of contract management. Joanna earned her first ACP credential in October 2021 in the advanced law area of trial practice.
NALA The Paralegal Association’s Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP®) Program is designed to recognize a paralegal’s commitment to continued growth and life-long learning by advancing knowledge of specific areas of law. The distinguished ACP credential is onlyavailable to current Certified Paralegals. Applicants must successfully complete a rigorous course as well as the required knowledge and skills examination while maintaining Certified Paralegal (CP®) certification. Upon successful completion of the program, ACPs are certified to provide advanced paralegal services and entitled to the use of the designation ACP in connection with paralegal services offered in their specific area of study.
NALA’s Certified Paralegal (CP®) certification is the “national professional standard for paralegals,” “[a[cknowledged by the American Bar Association as a mark of excellence.” NALA
For over 45 years, NALA’s Certified Paralegal program has been recognized both nationally and internationally and has received recognition from both the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the American Bar Association. On April 30, 2014, the NCCA granted accreditation to our program, making us the only accredited Certified Paralegal Program under its recognized organizations. Our CP credential has also been acknowledged by the American Bar Association as a mark of high professional achievement. With our acknowledgments, we pride ourselves on our professionalism while still maintaining lasting relationships with our certificants.
Becoming a NALA Certified Paralegal (CP) means an individual has successfully passed a rigorous examination of the knowledge necessary to be an effective paralegal. The voluntary CP program encourages the growth of the paralegal profession while also providing a proud achievement that comes with a career-long commitment. Established in 1976, the CP credential is key to respect and opportunity throughout the legal profession and is the national professional standard for paralegals.
Applicants must successfully pass the two-part Certified Paralegal comprehensive exam based on federal law and procedures. The multiple-choice Knowledge Exam must be passed before the applicant can take the essay-based Skills Exam. Successful completion of both the Knowledge and Skills Exams are required to obtain the Certified Paralegal credential. These exams have been compared to Bar exams for attorneys.
Joanna is also a Florida Registered Paralegal with The Florida Bar. A Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) is a paralegal who has met the education, training, certification and work experience required for voluntary registration as set forth in Chapter 20 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.
She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies, summa cum laude, in 2007 at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she aided her professor, Robert N. Diotalevi, by contributing to a paralegal textbook: Statsky, William P., Robert N. Diotalevi, and Pamela McCoy Linquist. The Florida Paralegal: Resource Guide. Clifton Park: Delmar, 2009. Print.
Joanna also earned an A.S. degree with the Highest Honors in Legal Assisting in 2003, and received a Legal Assisting Society Scholarship. She also earned degrees in Fashion Design (with a Special Award Achievement for Best Jewelry), and Computer Graphics and Design.
CP® and ACP® are certification marks of NALA.