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FAPA's 7th Annual Seminar, "All the Ethics You Need in One Day" will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Keiser University's Ft. Myers Campus, located at 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway, Ft. Myers, Florida.  Topics include, Unlicensed Practice of Law; Social Media Do's & Don'ts, Bad Faith and more.  Check back regularly for updates and registration information.


CA State Bar to Consider Limited-Practice Licensing Program

In January, some members of the CA State Bar Board of Trustees said limited-practice licensing would provide legal services to the public as well as provide law students the opportunity to gain experience before licensure. Looking to curb the "black market" of the unlicensed practice of law, the idea would initiate a new class of professionals in CA who could give legal advice. The Washington state program, and licensed paralegals in Canada were referenced as examples (see links below for details on the WA program).


Read the full article reporting this news in California Bar Journal.


Call for Drastic Change in New Lawyer Education at ABA Mid-Year Meeting

One of the items discussed is to formulate an education plan for non-lawyers in a limited practice.  The  WA state program was referenced by members of the Task Force as an example. 


Read the full article published in The New York Times.


NY Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services 
Issues Report to Chief Judge

The Task Force's Non-Lawyer Involvement Working Group advocates further development of the role of non-lawyer, particularly given the level of non-lawyer assistance that is already being provided with limited or no oversight and regulation, and recommends implementation of a pilot program to permit appropriately trained non-lawyer advocates to provide out-of-court assistance in a discrete substantive area.

Read the full report. The Task Force's Non-Laywer Involvement Working Group piece begins at the bottom of page 36.


Final Results of FAPA's 2012 Florida Paralegal Salary Survey 
Now Available Online!


A special thank you to the 989 Florida Paralegals, Legal Assistants or other Legal Support personnel who participated in the survey this year! 

Initial results were released to registered attendees at our 2012 Annual Seminar on November 3, 2012, and final results were posted on December 7, 2012.  

Visit the Surveys web page to download the report. 


Florida Supreme Court Issues Orders Implementing
Rules of Judicial Administration 2.516, 2.520 and 2.525


On June 21, 2012, the Florida Supreme Court issued a pair of orders which will fundamentally change filing and service on parties of court documents in Florida after September 1, 2012.  The order creating Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516 (E-mail Service Rule), mandating the service of pleadings via email in Florida state court jurisdictions becomes effective September 1, 2012.  The order creating Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.520 (Documents), and 2.525 (Electronic Filing) outlines the schedule phasing in mandatory use of the E-Portal for filing court documents, and related requirements.


View the orders outlining the changes required, and related rule amendments online at:  http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2012/sc10-2101.pdf  and



Washington State Will be Taking Applications for 
the Limited License Legal Technician's License in 
Spring 2014!

"The Washington Supreme Court has adopted the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rule (APR 28)effective 9/1/2012, authorizing certain non-attorneys meeting specified criteria to deliver limited legal services in approved areas of law."

This program will license and educate people meeting the qualifications to help the public with specific legal matters.

Education and Experience Requirements are:

1. an associate level degree; 2. 45 credits of core education requirements in legal studies at an ABA approved law school or ABA approved paralegal program; and 3. practice area courses in each practice area in which you want to be licensed.  Applicants must also possess 3,000 hours of substantive law related work experience or 18 months full time employment.

Washington State Bar Association LLLT Webpage:


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Who We Are

FAPA is the group of local paralegal associations from around Florida which lobbied the Florida Legislature to introduce mandatory paralegal regulation in 2005 and 2006, and again in 2011.  The proposed legislation introduced in 2005, and 2006 induced The Florida Bar to create the Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) program.  Although the formation of the FRP program was a stepping  stone  in  our efforts to bring mandatory regulation for the paralegals  of  Florida,  our work is not done.  Please support FAPA's continued state-wide initiatives on behalf of all paralegals in Florida, by joining us for our informative seminars, and joining in the discussion.


Am I A Member?

If you belong to one of our member paralegal professional associations Gulf Coast Paralegal Association, Northeast Florida Paralegal Association, Southwest Florida Paralegal AssociationSouth Florida  Paralegal  Association,  or Tampa Bay Paralegal Association  you  are  automatically a member of  FAPA.  Since 2009, FAPA also has individual sustaining memberships as well.  If  you  would  like  to  become  a  member  of FAPA, please visit our membership application web page where you can get more information, and register online.

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