The Research Triangle Paralegal Association (RTPA) began as a satellite chapter of the Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association (RWPA). Paralegals who worked in the Research Triangle Park enjoyed attending the RWPA meetings, but the distance to travel to downtown Raleigh made it difficult to attend all meetings.
The first meeting of the satellite chapter was in February 2000. The group continued to grow throughout the year, and it became difficult for RWPA to continue to support this satellite group. On September 20, 2000, the group decided to adopt the name, Research Triangle Paralegal Association; and as of January 1, 2001, RTPA was no longer associated with RWPA.
On January 1, 2002, RTPA was officially incorporated in the State of North Carolina.