Tuesday, February 27, 2007

In Conn., Questions Linger Over Paralegal Certification Bid

In neighboring Connecticut, members of the Central Connecticut Paralegal Association continue to express concerns over a measure that would make Connecticut one of just a handful of states that recognize certified and licensed paralegals.

Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz has pledged her support of the endeavor, encouraging CCPA members to work closely with the state bar association. She offered guidance on how to begin the process of certification and licensing, including a study of programs adopted in North Carolina (2004) and California (2000), both of which are voluntary.

The CCPA has not yet taken an official stance on the issue of regulation. The association estimates a time period of two to five years for the process, and still must come to an agreement on the details, including how to address veteran paralegals with years of experience, as well as educational requirements.

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