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The Paralegal Profession

Prerequisite courses for the A.S. in Paralegal

Program requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Other Hawaii Resources

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Election information

Hawaii elections

 

Want to know how to register to vote? Where to vote? Even how to vote? The official Office of Elections website has the answers: https://elections.hawaii.gov

 

This page on the free Civil Beat website is a collection of current and past information on Hawaii elections, including who is running and what ballot issues (Hawaii constitutional amendments, county charter amendments) are on the ballot.
https://www.civilbeat.org/?s=Hawaii+elections

 

ConCon 2018:

Background information on the most recent Constitutional Convention ballot question: http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/12/preparing-for-hawaiis-next-constitutional-convention-vote

 

Hawaii ConCon Clearinghouse website (info and potential timeline, including pro and con articles):
http://hawaii.concon.info

Legal Education program: find out more about us

The Legal Education program offers two primary credentials: a two-year A.S. degree in Paralegal, and a one-year Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal. Find out more about both, and also how to use the A.S. in Paralegal as a stepping stone to a bachelor's degree, and even how to go on to law school, at our resources page here: https://guides.library.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/paralegal

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.  Paralegals work with attorneys in private law offices, government agencies, and businesses with legal departments to provide legal services. Only licensed attorneys can practice law by themselves. 

Important Hawaii government links

Hawaii State Legislature’s website: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov

The Hawaii Judiciary’s website: https://www.courts.state.hi.us

The Hawaii state Executive branch website: https://portal.ehawaii.gov

The City & County of Honolulu’s website: https://honolulu.gov

Meet KCC Paralegals!

Nationwide Resources

The United States Constitution podcasts (Washington Post). This is an excellent series of podcasts on specific legal rights in our constitutional law, including race, gender, nationality, love, war, and privacy.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/constitutional/?utm_term=.94e1acfb7977

American Bar Association Legal Tech Resources Center
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/departments_offices/legal_technology_resources

ABA Journal – Legal Ethics
http://www.abajournal.com/topic/legal+ethics

SCOTUS Blog (latest news on the US Supreme Court)
https://www.scotusblog.com

Sui Generis (articles on law in social media)
https://nylawblog.typepad.com

The BLAWG Hall of Fame (A “blawg” is a blog on legal topics) - find legal topics to suit your interests) the top 100 blawgs as selected by the American Bar Association
http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/blawg_hall_of_fame

Bloomberg Law podcast
https://www.bloomberg.com/podcasts/law

Limited License Legal Technician initiatives in other states

The current state of Limited License Legal Technicians (a NEW type of legal profession!)
https://www.law360.com/articles/1101225/legal-technicians-step-in-to-fight-justice-gap

 

Washington state: Washington state’s website on how to become a LLLT in that state:

http://www.wsba.org/Licensing-and-Lawyer-Conduct/Limited-Licenses/Legal-Technicians/Becoming-a-Legal-Technician

note: The Washington Supreme Court recently decided to "sunset" their LLLT program due to the high cost to run it. Persons already licensed as LLLTs can continue to work and students currently studying to become LLLTs have until July 31, 2022, to complete their requirements. https://www.abajournal.com/web/article/how-washingtons-limited-license-legal-technician-program-met-its-demise

 

Utah: A link to information and the timetable for Utah’s Licensed Paralegal Practitioner profession: https://www.utahbar.org/licensed-paralegal-practitioner/.
The first Utah Licensed Paralegal Practitioners started in 2019
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/first_paralegal_practitioners_in_utah_are_expected_to_be_licensed_in_2019


New Mexico: New Mexico authorizes work group to consider limited legal technicians (May 2019): 
https://www.nmcourts.gov/uploads/FileLinks/a6efaf23676f4c45a95fdb3d71caea83/News_Release_Working_Group_to_Consider_Licensed_Legal_Technicians.pdf

 

Oregon: Oregon State Bar's Board of Governors votes to move forward with legal paraprofessionals (October 2019): 
lawsitesblog.com/2019/10/in-move-to-enhance-access-to-justice-oregon-bar-oks-licensed-paralegals-and-bar-admission-without-law-school.html

Legal paraprofessional were previously recommended in the Oregon State Bar Futures Task Force report of 2017: Executive summary: "Oregon should establish a program for licensure of paraprofessionals who would be authorized to provide limited legal services, without attorney supervision, to self-represented litigants in (1) family law and (2) landlord-tenant proceedings."  
 http://www.osbar.org/_docs/resources/taskforces/futures/FuturesTF_Summary.pdf

Full report: 
https://www.osbar.org/_docs/resources/taskforces/futures/FuturesTF_Reports.pdf

 

Arizona: Arizona task force calls for creation of LLLTs:

https://www.lawsitesblog.com/2019/10/arizona-task-force-calls-for-wide-ranging-practice-reforms-including-eliminating-ban-on-nonlawyer-ownership.html
Taskforce on the Delivery of Legal Services report (October 2019): 
https://www.azcourts.gov/Portals/74/LSTF/Report/LSTFReportRecommendationsRED10042019.pdf?ver=2019-10-07-084849-750

 

Minnesota: Minnesota's Supreme Court has established an Implementation Committee for a Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project and is as of April 2020 in the public comment period:
http://www.mncourts.gov/Implementation-Committee.aspx

Minnesota Supreme Court order:

 http://www.mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/CIOMediaLibrary/News%20and%20Public%20Notices/Orders/ADM19-8002.pdf

 

Florida: March 2020 update: Florida Supreme Court Asks Bar to Study Lawyer Regulation and Access to Justice: The Florida Supreme Court has asked The Florida Bar to undertake a study of the rules governing the practice of law in order to determine whether revisions are needed to improve the delivery of legal services within that state, including regulation of nonlawyer providers of limited legal services. https://lawsites.lexblogplatform.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/509/2020/03/Letter-J.-Stewart-Study-11-6-2019.pdf
January 2020: The Florida Supreme Court Commission on Access to Civil Justice approved a proposal to create an “Advanced Florida Registered Paralegal” designation as part of the Florida Registered Paralegal Program, which would allow paralegals to provide a higher level of legal services, although still requiring attorney supervision. 

https://jcorsmeier.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/florida-supreme-court-access-to-justice-commission-approves-advanced-registered-paralegal-program-which-would-permit-the-limited-practice-of-law/

 

California: The State Bar of California created a working group with the following responsibilities: "The State Bar’s California Paraprofessional Program Working Group is charged with developing recommendations for consideration by the Board of Trustees for the creation of a paraprofessional licensure/certification program to increase access to legal services in California. The Working Group will commence in April 2020 and is expected to deliver its final report and recommendations to the Board of Trustees no later than July 31, 2021." http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/California-Paraprofessional-Program-Working-Group-Fact-Sheet.pdf 

 

 

Professor Susan Jaworowski, Paralegal program director