306 ABA Journal Paralegals articles.

Can licensed legal paraprofessionals narrow the access-to-justice gap?
Proposals for addressing the commonplace civil legal needs of low- and moderate-income persons by authorizing limited practice by licensed nonlawyer paraprofessionals have been gaining acceptance. Unlike paralegals, such paraprofessionals provide services without supervision by an attorney. Two state supreme courts have embraced the licensed legal technician concept, and other jurisdictions are closely studying it.
First paralegal practitioners in Utah are expected to be licensed in 2019

The first paralegal practitioners in Utah are expected to be licensed in 2019, making the state the second to license nonlawyers to practice law.

New rules regulating paralegal practitioners…

Remainder of product liability group from Quinn Emanuel follows Sheila Birnbaum to Dechert

Dechert has added the remainder of the products liability group from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan after acquiring its two co-chairs and another partner in May.

The entire group consists…

$11M a year for a lateral hire? Star partners are valued ‘like Hollywood celebrities’

At Cravath, Swaine & Moore, partners earn a hefty $4 million a year, on average.

But that pales in comparison to reported compensation for some former Cravath partners hired away…

Paralegal injured playing softball for law firm team isn’t entitled to workers’ comp, court rules
The executive director of the Delaware law firm Morris James thought softball was so important to team building that she asked job candidates whether they played. She was the softball coach, after all.
Sex trafficking survivors in Nepal receive legal training
A project developed with the ABA empowers sex trafficking survivors in Nepal with legal and job training from paralegals.
Technology has not replaced need for paralegals
Although more lawyers are performing the work of paralegals, job prospects for trained assistants seem good.
Supervision is key to effective employment of paralegals
Ethical issues can arise from using paralegals and legal assistants. Under the ABA Model Rules, lawyers must make reasonable efforts to ensure those working under them comply with “professional obligations.”
What do you love most about being a lawyer?

Last Friday was “Love Your Lawyer Day,” an annual day of appreciation promoted the by American Lawyers Public Image Association to honor those in the industry.

The campaign outlined different…

Mayer Brown isn’t liable for $1.5B error that erased security interest in loan, 7th Circuit holds
Mayer Brown isn’t liable for a paralegal’s error that canceled a security interest in a $1.5 billion loan to General Motors because the law firm didn’t represent the lenders, according to a federal appeals court.
Despite kinks in program, nonlawyers successfully providing some legal services in Washington state

Limited license legal technicians in the state of Washington are succeeding at helping clients who can’t afford a lawyer while staying within their limits as practitioners, a new study has…

Morgan Lewis tax lawyer is in spotlight for helping Trump with asset trust

A tax partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius took center stage on Wednesday when she appeared at a press conference to explain the steps the president elect is taking to…

Utah Supreme Court backs licensed paralegal practitioners

Corrected: The Utah Supreme Court has given the green light to allow licensed paralegal practitioners to help clients navigate the legal system, though the new professionals won’t be allowed to…

Paralegal who ‘couldn’t keep up with the work’ charged with forging court orders

A paralegal at a New York personal injury firm was having trouble keeping up with his work, which involved sales of structured settlements. So he forged the signatures of 76…

Vivek Maru: Drawing the arc to global justice

After finishing at Harvard College and before entering Yale Law School, Vivek Maru, born and reared in the U.S., took off more than a year to live in a hut…

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