Continuing a series of articles, attorney K Todd Wallace publishes review of Paralegal training and outlook

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Paralegals are a key component of an efficient law practice, and their role continues to expand. In fact, the job outlook is quite bright.

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Paralegals are a key component of an efficient law practice, and their role continues to expand. In fact, the job outlook (unlike for many other professions) is quite bright.”

— K. Todd Wallace, Attorney in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES, December 2, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Louisiana-based attorney K. Todd Wallace has published the next article in his four-part series on the paralegal profession. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Mr. Wallace at https://ktoddwallaceblog.blogspot.com/

Paralegal Training and Experience

Paralegals are a key component of an efficient law practice, and their role continues to expand. In fact, the job outlook (unlike for many other professions) is quite bright. Paralegals must undergo specific education, training and/or work experience and are utilized by many different employers, including individual practitioners, law firms, corporations and various government agencies. Different certifications and credentials are available to classify the Paralegal experience. In the traditional law firm setting, the Paralegal's time is primarily spent on substantive legal work which is billed to clients at market rates, similar to other professional staff, but at a significantly lower rate than would be charged had an Attorney been solely utilized to handle such work, as was standard in the past. This hourly billing option distinguishes Paralegals from other non-lawyer staff members. However, many legal or quasi-legal organizations do not specifically bill for Paralegal time, such as Real Estate Title Firms, Immigration Law Firms, or Bankruptcy practices. Thus, in many organizations, time spent on administrative or clerical functions is not billable to the client’s case.

Due to Ethical Rules, Paralegals will never completely replace Lawyers

Only licensed attorneys may give “legal advice” to clients, and ethical rules in all U.S. States are uniform in that Paralegals are strictly prohibited from doing so. Paralegals also are prohibited from directly accepting a client’s case, setting any fees, or representing a client in court (unless specifically authorized by the court, see below). All U.S. States require attorneys to be licensed and most have regulations imposing strict penalties for anyone who engages in the unauthorized practice of law. In fact, there are rules requiring appropriate supervision of Paralegals.

The largest employers of Paralegals within the legal profession are, naturally, law firms. However, businesses, corporations and governmental entities are large Paralegal employers as well. Paralegals are found in every area work of legal practice, ranging from business litigation, bankruptcy law practice, estate planning, personal injury law, immigration, and corporate law. In fact, Paralegals are now common in virtually every legal practice area.

Strong Need for Paralegals Continues

Doomsday talk persisted in the recent past that technology was set to fully replace the Paralegal industry as a result of software upgrades and automated advances. At least one major law firm today uses highly sophisticated software for research previously conducted by Paralegals and even Attorneys. Many predicted the end of the Paralegal profession. The Associated Press issued a report in 2013 which claimed that an increasing number of Attorneys were using software and other technologies to do the work previously performed by Paralegal staff. It is certainly true that such software and technologies can enable solo practitioners to handle most or all of their workload without the need for any Paralegal. However, in 2014 the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasted a continuing positive growth rate of 8 percent growth from 2014 to 2024, and then in 2016 readjusted that figure to a 15 percent growth from 2016 to 2026 – again documenting continued growth from its original projection.

This information is confirmed by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), an online database that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help job seekers, businesses and workforce development professionals to understand educational and occupational trends in today’s economy in the United States. O*NET was developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) in the 1990s. According to O*NET, the future outlook for Paralegals is bright.

About K Todd Wallace

Kenneth Todd Wallace is an attorney and founding partner of the law firm Wallace Meyaski LLC. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the legal and business professions with established excellence in trial advocacy, negotiation, strategic and initiative planning, employment law compliance, government relations, mergers and acquisitions, and team building.

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Immigration Attorney Magdalena Cuprys continues series of published articles about Legal Assistants

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There is an evolving group of legal assistants that ascend the ranks to act almost like attorneys, similar to Nurse Practitioners in medical practice.

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Many other States are looking into other forms of permissible assistance (“judicially-authorized-and-regulated legal service providers”) to help address the problem of unmet legal needs.”

— Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 2, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Florida Immigration lawyer Magdalena Cuprys has published the next article in her four-part series on the paralegal profession. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Ms. Cuprys at https://magdalenacuprysblog.blogspot.com/

A New Trend: “Paraprofessionals” such as Licensed Legal Technicians or “Limited License Legal Technicians”

There may be an evolving group of Paralegals that ascend the ranks to act almost like attorneys, similar to Nurse Practitioners who in many cases diagnose and treat health conditions. In civil law cases, there are proposals pending (or already implemented in certain States, as explained below) to address the day-to-day legal need of those unable or unwilling to hire a full-fledged Attorney. This includes the commonplace legal needs of low to moderate-income people by authorizing limited practice by licensed non-lawyers, now known as “paraprofessionals.” This is easy to understand. Many procedures or applications are difficult to understand for “normal” people who are not exposed to them on a daily basis. For example, even forms provided by Courts to make certain filings simpler and possibly enable people to file the forms or applications themselves without the assistance of an Attorney are quite difficult to understand that at least some explanation is still required. This concept has been gradually gaining acceptance. Unlike Paralegals, such paraprofessionals provide services without the direct supervision of an attorney. At this point, two state supreme courts have embraced the “licensed legal technician” concept, and other jurisdictions are closely monitoring its viability.

Given the high percentage of self-represented parties in courtrooms around the country, some advocates believe regulated legal paraprofessionals (charging lower fees) can help narrow the access-to-justice gap. That may one day be the case, but the paraprofessional model and its efficacy in addressing this disparity remain unproven, and ethical rules prevent such a system at least at present.

Washington State pioneered the “limited license” model. In 2013, after years of study, the Washington State Supreme Court adopted the concept of the “Limited License Legal Technician” (LLLT) to perform specific legal services in the area of domestic relations. LLLTs are subject to stringent requirements, which include obtaining an Associate’s degree or higher and completing additional specified coursework; performing 3,000 hours of Paralegal work; passing three law and ethics exams, as well as a character and fitness review. Further, they must also complete a licensing program, satisfy financial responsibility requirements, as well as continuing legal education, and meet malpractice insurance requirements. LLLTs are subject to rules of professional conduct and a disciplinary process similar to those that apply to attorneys. The Board that oversees the LLLT program is now considering expanding the subject matter areas in which paraprofessionals may practice to include consumer debt law.

Several other U.S. States are now following this example. The scope of permissible work for “limited license” paraprofessionals differs under these various models that have been proposed. It generally includes assistance to clients in understanding legal proceedings and completing court forms and other form documents, but does not include appearing for a client in court or at depositions, or taking on complex legal matters. For example, LLLTs in Washington currently may not represent a client in mediated negotiations, but they may do so in Utah.

One of the main reasons for this development is the realization that there is massive need for some form of representation in civil law areas for vast numbers of the population that are attempting self-representation due to limited access to attorneys (mostly due to financial restraints). This is in spite of legal aid societies as well as significant pro bono attorney services. A large number of individuals continue to represent themselves in these areas and could benefit from paraprofessionals.

This access-to-justice disparity has prompted State Bars and court systems to promote other forms of nonlawyer assistance to pro se parties, including courthouse navigators and facilitators (examples are Arizona, New York, California, and Washington), and legal document preparers (Arizona, California, and Nevada). Many other States are looking into other forms of permissible assistance (“judicially-authorized-and-regulated legal service providers”) to help address the problem of unmet legal needs.

To be continued. – The complete articles will be published on the Blog of Ms. Cuprys at https://magdalenacuprysblog.blogspot.com/

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Magdalena Cuprys is the principal of Serving Immigrants, a full-service immigration law firm offering a complete range of immigration services to both businesses and individuals. The law firm is uniquely qualified to manage the most contentious and unusual immigration needs.

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TechAhead Named Top Global Mobile App Development Company

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In its yearly announcement of B2B companies that are global leaders in their category, Clutch has included TechAhead among the leading developers.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Every year, Clutch brings out an annual report of the leading B2B companies from across the world, recognizing them for their expertise in their category. The Clutch list, which is announced every November, is based on research of companies in four main categories, including Advertising and Marketing, Creative and Design, Developers, and IT and Business Services. The companies are evaluated not only on their expertise but also on their ability to deliver.

This year, TechAhead has earned a spot in the list of the best performing mobile app development companies in the world – a recognition of the company's commitment towards creating the best solutions for its clients. Speaking at the occasion, TechAhead CEO, Vikas Kaushik said, "We are honored to be recognized by Clutch as a leader in our category. The Clutch annual report is a prestigious list, and we consider this an accolade for our commitment to deliver quality solutions to our clients."
While companies can list for free on Clutch, only those that are leaders in their category make it to the annual report. The list, which covers 4 main categories, recognizes the expertise of around 700 companies across 65 subcategories. This year, as a new addition to the annual report, the Clutch 1000 will be announced to recognize the top companies with the highest scores on deliverability.

The Clutch Global Leader title is not easy to achieve. The scores are based on several criteria, including verified reviews, the company's client portfolio, the range of services offered and the experience in these services, and the company's visibility and reputation in the market. Clients' opinions play a significant role in the selection of the Clutch Global Leaders.
About Clutch: Clutch is a firm into B2B research, ratings and reviews. Based in Washington, DC the company aims to help small and mid-sized businesses to find the best fit for services such as marketing, advertising, design, development, IT, software and consultancy.

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TechAhead is a mobile consulting, design and development company with a global reach. Through apps, the company has created success stories for both fortune 50 companies as well as startups. The team follows an approach of bringing app ideas to life by nurturing it through each stage of development from concept to the end-user experience. By having created several notable apps across platforms and technologies, the company has gained recognition from Clutch, Sourcelysis, Best Web Design Agencies and Red Herring, among others. While the team is proud of its achievements, they are also humbled by the appreciation they have received, and it serves as inspiration for crafting more success stories for their clients.

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John Marshall Law School Trial Ad Team Wins Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, December 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Students from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago were crowned co-champions of the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition. The competition is one of the biggest national invitationals in the country, with more than 30 teams competing each year.

Students Kyle Jorgensen, Shelby Page, Tyler Pearson and Frank Pehlke made up the John Marshall team. Pehlke also won the competition’s Best Advocate award.

The competition was held earlier this month at the University at Buffalo School of Law. Since 2004, teams from across the country have traveled to the prestigious annual competition, where law students try both sides of a homicide case before experienced judges and trial attorneys. The competition featured parallel championship rounds; the other co-champion team was Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, making for a Chicago sweep of the competition.

John Marshall’s team was coached by Christina Morrison and Anthony Sam. Both are John Marshall graduates. Morrison and Sam were well prepared to coach the team, as they won the competition themselves as students.

“Anthony and I were national champions of this competition back in 2009,” Morrison said. “It was exciting to team up again with my old partner to coach this competition after nine years. And it was even more amazing to be able to coach this team to a National Championship victory, which is an extremely difficult feat. The students worked very hard with a difficult case problem. We are so proud of them!”

“Our students' performances at the Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition were simply amazing,” Sam said. “I had the privilege of witnessing firsthand how they progressed during each round of the competition. It was incredible to watch the work the students put into this competition end with a National Championship.”

John Marshall’s Trial Advocacy Program was ranked 20th in the nation this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, tied with Harvard University and New York University. John Marshall trial teams compete in the areas of civil and criminal litigation, arbitration, negotiation, mediation and client counseling, and consistently place among the top teams in the country.

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The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal, financial and commercial districts. The 2019 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools ranks John Marshall's Lawyering Skills Program 6th, its Intellectual Property Law Program 15th and its Trial Advocacy Program 20th in the nation. Since its inception, John Marshall has been a pioneer in legal education and has been guided by a tradition of diversity, innovation, access and opportunity.

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