Thursday, July 10, 2008

New York Governor Declares Paralegal Day

Governor David A. Paterson has declared July 20, 2008 as New York Paralegal Day. He issued a proclamation that gives a comprehensive definition of what a paralegal does.

In part, the proclamation states:

Whereas, paralegals perform nearly all the functions of lawyers, except for those strictly constituting the practice of law, and they assist lawyers with virtually all aspects of legal work – including specialized areas of law, such as family law, corporate law, real estate, government, estate planning, litigation and criminal trials; and


Whereas, in whatever capacity they work, paralegals are an important component of any legal team, and, not only is their work invaluable to lawyers, but also to the public which benefits from their efforts that promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the judicial process, and it is fitting that New Yorkers join to recognize this hardworking and dedicated community of professionals;


  1. Although I'm thrilled to see the profession get this type of recognition, I was kind of bummed to see that July 20, 2008 is a Sunday! I suppose we will have to observe Paralegal day on another day during the work week.

  2. Unfortuately, those aware of "Paralegal Day" are only the paralegals that belong to professional associations. We paralegals know where paralegals are utilized and what paralegals can and cannot do. The State's time would be better served by regulating the profession rather than regurgitating facts that we are well aware of.

  3. Lawgirl, I didn't even notice that. That IS a bummer, and kind of a slap in the face.

    Marie, I agree with you 100%. It's a nice gesture on the part of the State, but a better use of their time would be to regulate us so that we can be recognized as the professionals that we are.

  4. I guess we just need to take baby steps. This proclamation was definitely a step in the right direction. The members of WNYPA (Western New York Paralegal Association) in Buffalo, NY shared that most of their employers sent around at least some sort of recognition of the event, whether it was a firm-wide email, or a nice luncheon.

    At least we were recognized.


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