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The Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants was formed to provide a forum of communication, support, assistance and continuing education for Legal Assistants, as well as to establish standards and guidelines for proper and effective utilization of Legal Assistants by members of the Bar to provide a higher quality of legal services at a lower cost to the client.

Upon its formation, COALA established the following goals and objectives:

  • To provide a forum of communication among legal assistants/paralegals.
  • To provide a network of support and assistance among legal assistants/paralegals.
  • To provide sources of continuing legal education to legal assistants/paralegals and members of the legal community, particularly in the form of seminars and publications.
  • To establish standards and guidelines for proper and effective utilization of legal assistants/paralegals by members of the Bar to provide a higher quality of legal services at lower cost to the client.
  • To promote the legal assistant/paralegal as an educated and experienced professional.
  • To maintain the high standards of professional responsibility and conduct imposed upon all members of the Bar.

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