Posts Tagged ‘credentials’

16 Awarded Ohio State Bar Association’s Paralegal Credential

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

According to a Hudson Hub-Times (I have no idea where Hudson is other than in Ohio) article, sixteen people were recently award the Ohio State Bar Association’s Paralegal Credential. I, of course, offer them my congratulations, but the bigger story is that the OSBA recognizes the role of paralegals in this way. So, aside from the individual acheivment of these 16 individual, here’s the real take-away from the article:

“The OSBA includes paralegals as members of the Association in recognition of their valuable service to lawyers and to the public,” said OSBA President John Holschuh. “We applaud those OSBA Certified Paralegals who are bringing objective, uniform standards of competence and professionalism to their work.”

An applicant for paralegal certification must first meet specified education/experience, continuing legal education and reference requirements, and then must pass a written exam.

I realize there can be some problems with having a bar association in charge of paralegal credentials including a possible conflict between the bar’s interest in protecting its own monopoly and the interest of providing the public with both the protection and legal services it needs. However, all state bar associations should be including paralegals as members of the association and recognizing their valuable service to lawyers and to the public.

Another “paralegal”

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Recently ran across an op-ed in a Philadelphia paper talking about government power. Looks like great fun for those who like to do analytical and critical thinking exercises as several of the contentions were clearly contenders for more analysis than the author had given them. However, my primary concern is that the author is described as “a retired International Business manager, and a Villanova Engineering graduate. Mr. ____ currently provides paralegal help to political candidates.”

Those of you who read my posts regularly have probably already figured out where I am going with this: What about being a manager and engineer qualifies someone to provide “paralegal” services? What are those services? If they are legitimate paralegal services, are they done under the supervision of an attorney or is this a risk for UPL? If they are not legitimate paralegal services, then why are they described as such?

It is difficult, if not impossible, for the paralegal profession to establish an identity for itself as a profession if that identity is being hijacked by persons with no appropriate education, experience, or training. Perhaps, this gentleman has one or more of these, but there is no indication he has and it is, as discussed in previous posts, not at all unusual for just anyone to call themselves a paralegal.