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Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegal Services

Understand the principles of the ABA guidelines for the use of paralegal support.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how antiquated the practice of law is; in its reliance on outdated means of communications (fax, phone) and the need for face-to-face contact (depositions, motions hearings). Many lawyers believe this is the only way to practice, but COVID-19 has also shown that technologies are easily and readily available to overcome these challenges and modernize your law practice. As with any aspect of the legal profession, we must question the boundaries of the Rules of Professional Conduct. This topic will explore the principles of the ABA guidelines for the use of paralegal support and how they fit into the new world of remote work. We will explore key aspects of remote paralegal work, such as what work can be delegated, maintaining client confidentiality, and billing clients for work performed by paralegals.

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Agenda

Introduction to the ABA Guidelines

  • Adoption
  • Applicability

What Is a Paralegal?

  • A Legal Assistant or Paralegal Is a Person Qualified by Education, Training, or Work Experience Who Is Employed or Retained by a Lawyer, Law Office, Corporation, Governmental Agency or Other Entity Who Performs Specifically Delegated Substantive Legal Work for Which a Lawyer Is Responsible
  • Special Training Not Required
  • Oversight and Supervision

Guideline 1 - A Lawyer Is Responsible for All of the Professional Actions of a Paralegal Performing Services at the Lawyer's Direction and Should Take Reasonable Measures to Ensure That the Paralegal's Conduct Is Consistent With the Lawyer's Obligations Under the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Jurisdiction in Which the Lawyer

Practices

  • The Buck Stops With the Lawyer
  • All Work Must Be Thoroughly Reviewed
  • Paralegal Must Defer to Lawyer on All Questions of Law

Guideline 2 - Provided the Lawyer Maintains Responsibility for the Work Product, a Lawyer May Delegate to a Paralegal Any Task Normally Performed by the Lawyer

  • There Are, However, Limitations on What Can Be Delegated
  • Never Delegate Without Oversight/No Sign and Send

Guideline 6 - A Lawyer Is Responsible for Taking Reasonable Measures to Ensure That All Client Confidences Are Preserved by a Paralegal

  • Use of Technology in Remote Work to Maintain Confidentiality
  • Transmission and Storage of Confidential Information

Guideline 7 - A Lawyer Should Take Reasonable Measures to Prevent Conflicts of Interest Resulting From a Paralegal's Other Employment or Interests

  • Outside Paralegals Must Perform Conflict Checks
  • Paralegals May Work for Multiple Lawyers so Long as There Are No Conflicts
  • Conflict Waivers

Guideline 8 - A Lawyer May Include a Charge for the Work Performed by a Paralegal in Setting a Charge or Billing for Legal Services

  • Accurate Time Keeping and Reporting
  • Acceptable Average Amounts of Time per Task
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on January 13, 2022.

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  • AK CLE 1.0
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.0 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.1
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.1 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.0
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.0 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.0 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s).
     
  • GA CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency for 1.0 CLE hours.
     
  • HI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.0
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.0 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • MN CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hours of credit.
     
  • MO CLE 1.3
     
  • This course qualifies for self-study CLE credit in Missouri.
     
  • MS CLE 1.1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.1 credit hours.
     
  • NC CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours.
     
  • ND CLE 1.0
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.1
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 65 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.3 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NM CLE 1.1
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.1 hours of credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours.
     
  • NY CLE 1.0 including Areas of Professional Practice 1
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.0 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.00 hour. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • OH CLE 1.0
     
  • This course has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours. Please note: No more than twelve (12) hours of self-study CLE credit for any biennial reporting period may be earned by an Attorney or Judge under Regulation 409.2. To fulfill CLE requirements for self-study, web-based programs, you must complete 100% of the polling questions during the program. Your hours will be filed electronically within thirty (30) business days by Lorman Education Services provided you fulfilled 100% attendance and polling questions answered.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.08
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.08 hours of credit.
     
  • VA CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 CLE credit hours.
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.0 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 12 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     
  • WI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.0 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.3 MCLE hours.
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for programs that do not include an audio or audiovisual component.

This program was previously offered as a live webinar. Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for attendance at duplicate programs.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • AK CLE 1.0
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • HI CLE 1.0
     
  • MO CLE 1.3
     
  • NJ CLE 1.3
     
  • NM CLE 1.0
     
  • NY CLE 1.0 including Areas of Professional Practice 1
     
  • UT CLE 1.0
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • WA CLE 1.0
     
  • WV MCLE 1.3
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Jesse Cohen

Jesse Cohen

Paramount Legal Outsourcing

  • Attorney with Paramount Legal Outsourcing
  • Familiar with all aspects of professional responsibility as it relates to services provided by paralegals
  • Frequent lecturer through the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) on all areas of civil litigation practice
  • Member of NASP and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • J.D. degree, Widener University School of Law; B.S. degree, University of Pittsburgh
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
Lisa Lilley

Lisa Lilley

Paramount Legal Outsourcing

  • Paralegal with Paramount Legal Outsourcing
  • Familiar with all aspects of professional responsibility as it relates to services provided by paralegals
  • Member of the Montgomery County Paralegal Association, and has experience as a litigation paralegal for complex cases around the country for over twelve years
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
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Published 2022
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