The Local Government Paralegal Association of Virginia, Inc. (LGPA) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the continuing education and professional development of paralegals employed by local governments throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. LGPA’s membership consists of paralegals from city, county, town, school district, and government offices, as well as paralegals employed in the private sectors who work in the area of municipal law.
Margaret Lewis was one of the founding members of Local Government Paralegal Association and served as the first President from 1997-1999 and later served as the historian. She worked in bankruptcy law for Henrico County Attorney’s Office for over 20 years. Margaret accomplished many things during her life including graduating from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond with a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science Degree and from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of History Degree. She was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Richmond Association of Legal Assistants. Her life ended suddenly of a heart attack in the spring of 2008. Margaret was an inspiration to everyone she knew. She promoted higher education and constantly stressed professionalism and growth to fellow paralegals. She touched many with her generous and kind spirit and was a true friend to all who knew her. This $1,000 scholarship is named in her honor and memory.