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ABA DECISION REGARDING
DEFINITION OF PARALEGALS
The Committee to Market the Paralegal Profession is extremely excited to report that the ABA House of Delegates voted to adopt a change to the definition of paralegal.After 23 years, the term paralegal shall no longer be synonymous with the phrase legal assistant according to the ABA.This vote is the culmination of the Committee to Market the Paralegal Profession’s efforts to educate the legal community as directed by the delegates in 2016.Through the Committee’s communications with the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals, we were able to convince the ABA that a paralegal is a different entity than a legal assistant or legal secretary and they should not be defined synonymously.This was the Committee’s first objective in the overall goal to educate the legal community and the public about paralegals.With this success, the Committee will be meeting soon to plan our next step in this process.If anyone is interested in assisting the Committee with this project, please contact Lori Boris, RP, McCP, VP and Director of Positions and Issues or Ron Badua, VP and Director of Marketing.