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Two-tier plan for paralegals taken one step further

first_imgTwo-tier plan for paralegals taken one step further June 15, 2006 Regular News Approved by the board, it’s now before the court Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A two-tier plan for regulating paralegals has been approved by The Florida Bar Board of Governors and will be forwarded to the Supreme Court for its review.The board, at its June 2 meeting in Key West, approved the proposal from the Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation. The committee, made up of attorneys, paralegals, and legal educators, has been working on the issue since last August.“I present this to the board as a well-reasoned and a well-compromised plan,” said board member Ross Goodman, chair of the special committee. “The paralegels and attorneys worked well together to come up with a very good program.”“The general description is this sets two tiers, one for paralegals as they presently exist [in Bar rules] and the second tier is for what we call registered paralegals,” he added. “The closest analogy [for registered paralegals] would be to board certification [for lawyers].”Board members initially received the report from the special committee at their April 7 meeting. The proposal would create Chapter 20 in the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.Under the two-tier system, the first tier would encompass paralegals based on the definition in Bar Rule 10-2.1, as someone with education, training, or work experience who, under the supervision of a lawyer, performs delegated substantive work for which the lawyer is responsible, Goodman said.Tier two paralegals would have to meet education and experience requirements or be certified by the National Association of Legal Assistants or the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and then could hold themselves out as “Florida Registered Paralegals.” They would also have to meet continuing education requirements, he said.The proposal’s grandfathering provision would allow paralegals who can show five years of substantial experience, but who don’t meet the education or certification requirements, to become registered paralegals. That provision is limited to the first three years of the program.The grandfathering provision was necessary because, “You’ve got some paralegals who have been doing it for 20 years and that paralegal is more qualified than any 20 attorneys in town on that one area of law, but does not meet the other qualifications to be a registered paralegal,” he said.Goodman said the proposed rule also creates a disciplinary system and a code of ethics for paralegals. It was also reviewed and approved by the Disciplinary Review, Program Evaluation and Rules committees.In response to a question, he said the rule will probably need more work, such as setting standards for paralegal programs whose graduates will qualify to be registered paralegals. That will be needed, he said, because there are many “fly-by-night” paralegal education providers.The special committee began meeting last summer after bills were introduced in the 2005 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature that proposed a regulatory scheme for paralegals. Those bills, pushed by paralegal organizations, would have had regulation preformed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.That legislation specified that courts, when awarding fees, could only award paralegal fees for services performed by state-licensed paralegals.Lawmakers agreed not to push those bills when the Bar said it would study the issues, and the paralegal committee, appointed by President Alan Bookman, was the result.The committee met throughout the fall and had a public hearing. It initially proposed creating a Bar section for paralegals, which could then study further issues related to paralegal regulation.But paralegal members of the committee said it didn’t go far enough in recognizing the training and accomplishments of paralegals and the committee agreed to reconsider that recommendation.The committee then came up with the two-tier plan, which attempts to meet the needs of both lawyers and paralegals.retaining the definition of paralegals based on the language in Chapter 10 of Bar rules, it allows lawyers to retain control of who is considered a paralegal in their law firms. And by setting standards to be a “Florida Registered Paralegal” it encourages paralegals to meet minimum education, training, and continuing education standards — and law firms to encourage their paralegals to meet those standards.The proposal as adopted by the board must be reviewed by the Supreme Court in a rule amendment petition.center_img Two-tier plan for paralegals taken one step furtherlast_img read more

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Deepak Punia: ‘Zero expectations’ & ‘No pressure’ helped me win Silver

first_imgLast Updated: 25th September, 2019 16:21 IST Deepak Punia: ‘Zero Expectations’ & ‘No Pressure’ Helped Me Win Silver Deepak Punia in an interview with Republic TV said that non-recognition kept him away from the spotlight; helped him win silver in World Wrestling Championship. Written By FOLLOW US Suman Ray SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE 11 months ago Deepak Punia reaches World Championship final; books Olympics berthcenter_img LIVE TV COMMENT ‘Non-recognition’ is a ‘virtue’, is not understood by many. But for Deepak Punia, it worked as a ‘miracle’, as he ‘quietly prepared’ for the challenge at the top flight without any ‘spotlight’ or ‘pressure’. “No one recognised me. No one talked to me. At times, I was confused as an official or a coach. No one paid any attention to me. I was away from the spotlight. Everyone talked about Bajrang bhai, Vinesh ji and my Guruji (Sushil Kumar). That actually helped. It gave me strength from within to do something like them,” Deepak told Republic TV after his return from World Championship.Read: Deepak Punia Clinches Silver, Rahul Takes Bronze At World C’shipSushil Kumar Always Believes in Me: Deepak Punia”I used to hear what people say about them and felt proud of my “Guruji” (Sushil Kumar)..  he is recognised, loved and praised by everyone wherever he goes. And he always believes in me and my ability. It was an hour to travel along with him in a competition that he was participating in. Before leaving he had told me, & I remember; “Mujhe mile na mile, tera medal to pakka hi hai”..  I took it as a ‘joke’ but never thought it would actually come true,” Deepak said. Sushil had lost in the first or qualifying round while his ward Deepak went on to win a silver, which no one else in the contingent could. “Now I dedicate this medal to Guruji Mahabali Satpal ji and Sushil Pehewalnji. I completely owe them this medal,” he added.Read: Lure Of Job Brought Deepak Punia To Wrestling, Here’s His Story’Deepak Is the Next Big Thing in Wrestling’Sushil heaped high praises on his ward Deepak; “Didn’t I tell you all… Deepak is the next big thing in wrestling. It’s just a beginning for him. He will win many medals and laurels for the country.” Talking of his ward, Mahabali Satpal said: “I had spotted his talent at the age of 12 and it’s a proud feeling my institute Chhatrashal Stadium has now produced a Gold (Sushil) and two silver (Amit Dahiya in 2013 & Deepak in 2019) medallists. Now our focus turns to the 2020 Olympics.”Read: Deepak Punia Reaches World Championship Final; Books Olympics BerthRead: Deepak Punia Qualifies For Tokyo Olympics, Beats Colombia’s Mendez WE RECOMMEND First Published: 25th September, 2019 16:21 ISTlast_img read more

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