Through the AAfPE (and likely several others) LinkedIn discussion board Barbara Liss passes this on:
Here it is! California State Bar’s Limited License Legal Technician Proposal:
The proposal’s Executive Summary says:
In March 2013, the Board Committee on Regulation, Admissions & Discipline Oversight created the Limited License Working Group (“Working Group”) to explore the issue of licensing legal technicians and whether to create a limited license to practice law program in California. Legal Technicians are not fully licensed attorneys. They would be licensed to provide limited, discrete legal services to consumers in defined legal subject matter areas only.
The bottom line:
ISSUE – Should the State Bar of California propose a further study, development, and implementation of a limited license to practice law program in California?
So some progress is being made, but I am always leery of the study groups conclusion that an issue should be further studied. Sometimes that’s just a way to bottle up a proposal. (See, e.g., Congress.)
Thanks to Barbara there’s been a lot of discussion of this issue on various LinkedIn discussion boards. Some of that discussion is excerpted on this blog here.