Update with Links:Washington State Limited License Legal Technician Rule approved‏

I’m still traveling, taking a side trip to San Francisco after the very productive AAfPE Board of Directors Meeting in San Diego, but wanted to pass on this from Brian Haberly of the Washington State Paralegal Association:

Last Friday, the Washington State Supreme Court approved a proposal from the WA State Practice of Law Board authorizing the creation of a new Admission to Practice Rule 28, setting out some basic guidelines for a new category of non-attorney legal service provider.

The Washington State Paralegal Association is still reviewing the order and we have long been advocates of expanding the role of well seasoned, tested, and bonded paralegals to help close the gap of unmet legal needs in our state.

He sent along a copy of the order, but I have not had time to review more than the first two of its 25 pages. What I’ve seen so far is interesting, especially in the court’s recognition of the role of paralegals in meeting unmet legal needs.  I’ll post more later and, if I can figure out how to do it, attach the order to that post.

Brian has been kind enough to provide these links:
http://www.courts.wa.gov/newsinfo/?fa=newsinfo.pressdetail&newsid=2136

http://www.courts.wa.gov/content/publicUpload/Press%20Releases/25700-A-1005.pdf

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  • Annette R. Brown, ACP says:

    The dissenting opinion is much more informative than the order and rule; I found it well considered and well written. The order establishes a commission funded by the WSBA to regulate the LLLT’s. The commission appears to have a lot of flexibility on which areas of law the LLLT’s may practice in, among other things. As we know, the practice of law is more than filling out forms. There is little incentive for LLLT’s to refer a matter on to a licensed attorney to deal with complexities that may arise as the case develops. I hope Washington residents are as well-served by this “new category of non-attorney legal service provider” as the WA State Supreme Court intends.

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