Rules Governing the State Bar
USB14-0802. Authorization to practice law. The amendments to Rule 14-802 clarify that the forms an LPP may use are forms approved by the Judicial Council.
Rules Governing Licensed Paralegal Practitioners
URGLPP15-0510. Prosecution and appeals. The amendment to Rule 15-510 changes a cross reference to Standing Order No.7 to a cross reference to Rule 14-303.
Licensed Paralegal Practitioners Rules of Professional Conduct
LPP1.013. Organization as a client. Rule 1.13 is repealed because it governs when an LPP represents an organization as a client and an LPP may not represent an organization as a client.
LPP5.04. Professional independence of a licensed paralegal practitioner and LPP6.01. Voluntary pro bono legal service.
The amendments to Rules 5.4 and 6.1 remove language that refers to an LPP representing an organization as a client. An LPP may not represent an organization as a client.
RGLPP15-0705. Known as the “grandfathering” rule because it describes the licensing requirements for Licensed Paralegal Practitioner applicants who have worked as paralegal for at least 7 years and therefore are exempt from the educational requirements for three years from the date the Bar begins to accept LPP licensure applications. Rule 15-705 is not yet effective and was previously published for comment. The LPP Steering Committee determined that LPP applicants seeking to meet the work experience requirements of the rule should be able to meet those requirements by being supervised by a Licensed Paralegal Practitioner. The current rule only allows supervision by a lawyer. The Steering Committee determined that LPP applicants in some regions of the State may not be able to meet the supervised work requirement if supervision by a lawyer is required. Supervision by an LPP will allow more applicants to obtain the work necessary for licensure.
LPP1.03 Diligence. The proposed rule applies to Licensed Paralegal Practitioners and is part of the new chapter for Licensed Paralegal Practitioners’ Rules of Professional Conduct which was published for comment on August 31, 2017.
RGLPP15-0908 Conflict of Interest. The proposed rule applies to Licensed Paralegal Practitioners and is part of the new chapter for Licensed Paralegal Practitioners’ Fund for Client Protection which was published for comment on August 31, 2017.
The proposed rules apply to Licensed Paralegal Practitioners. Rule 14-403 amends the membership of the MCLE Board to permit up to 2 Licensed Paralegal Practitioners to serve on the MCLE Board. Rules 15-401 through 15-417 create continuing education requirements for Licensed Paralegal Practitioners that are similar to the MCLE Rules for attorneys. The rules require 12 hours of continuing education every two years which must include three hours of ethics and professionalism. The licensed paralegal practitioner is required to use the same certification process used by attorneys at the end of the two-year cycle to certify they have attended the appropriate CLE courses.