Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wisconsin Will Not Regulate Paralegals

The Wisconsin Supreme Court web page contains an announcement stating that the court has unanimously voted to not adopt a proposal by the Bar's Board of Governors that would have created a system for the licensing and regulation of paralegals. The announcement states:

"The Court recognized the essential contributions of paralegals to our legal system and their legitimate desire for recognition of their expertise and professionalism. However, the Court also acknowledged the reality that the prospect of creating an entirely new regulatory enforcement structure or dramatically expanding existing agencies presents a daunting task in the present economic climate.

In voting to deny the petition, the Court invited the Bar’s Board of Governors and interested paralegal organizations to consider the merits of a voluntary registered paralegal program, and if deemed appropriate, to submit a rules petition.

The Court suggested that the Bar and interested paralegal organizations review the merits of a voluntary registration program adopted by the Florida Supreme Court for ideas that could be used in Wisconsin." (Mike Frisch)

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