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Last Post 28 Nov 2023 04:30 PM by AJM
ACJA 7-210: Legal Paraprofessional
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25 Oct 2023 07:14 PM
    Aaron Nash
    Director, Certification & Licensing Division
    Arizona Supreme Court and Administrative Office of the Courts
    1501 W. Washington St., Ste. 104
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    [email protected]
    Comment deadline is November 24, 2023

    With nearly three years of Legal Paraprofessional program operational experience to draw from, the Certification and Licensing Division (Division) proposes a series of modifications to Arizona Code of Judicial administration (ACJA) § 7-210. Highlights of the proposed changes follow.
    Technical edits:
    Proposed changes include technical edits intended to conform to other regulatory sections. Examples include changing “shall” to “may” or “must;” condensing phrases for brevity, clarity, or plain English; and renaming subsection headings.
    Lessons learned:
    Proposed changes reflect incorporating lessons learned. Examples include adding “law clerk” to the professions that regularly receive “substantive law-related experience” and addressing gaps in education qualifications, such as accredited and qualifying law degrees.
    Given Legal Paraprofessionals’ scope of practice, inserting “legal paraprofessional” in appropriate sections where “lawyer” or “attorney” is referenced throughout multiple practice area rules of procedure would be a daunting and time-consuming effort. While there may come a time for that project, the proposal adds a subsection addressing this issue broadly with the requirement to “[c]omply with the Arizona Rules of Procedure governing the scope of the legal paraprofessional’s authorized practice are, but, where “lawyer,” “attorney,” or other equivalent words are used, substitute “legal paraprofessional” for any procedural rule governing conduct within the legal paraprofessional’s scope of practice…”
    Proposed changes provide clarity in application of the code. For example, the existing ACJA refers to licenses, endorsements, and certifications. Because the Division uses “certification” in a different way in other programs, the proposal refers to “authorized practice areas” rather than endorsements and certifications.
    Rather than referring generally to character and fitness requirements, the proposal incorporates specific character and fitness requirements.
    Rather than refer generally to “one year of substantive law-related experience,” the proposal establishes a bright line minimum experience qualification of hours of within a timebound range before applying for licensure and reflects the combinations of education and experience applicable to different tracks of qualification.
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    20 Nov 2023 03:58 PM
    To Whom It May Concern,

    Please see the attached letter from IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, regarding the proposed modifications to Arizona Code of Judicial Administration § 7-210.


    Michael Houlberg
    Director of Special Projects
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    21 Nov 2023 06:07 PM
    Please see the attached comments in response to the proposed modifications to ACJA 7-210-Legal Paraprofessional.

    Kristy Clairmont, Esq.
    LP Program Coordinator
    Professor of Practice
    University of Arizona
    James E. Rogers College of Law
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    22 Nov 2023 04:16 PM
    Please see the attached comments from Pima Community College Paralegal Program in regards to the proposed modifications to ACJA 7-210-Legal Paraprofessional.

    Best, Gwen

    Gwen Gorbette, J.D.
    Instructional Faculty, Department Head and Program Director,
    Paralegal Program
    Pima Community College
    1255 North Stone Avenue, CC 232
    Tucson, Arizona 85709
    [email protected]

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    28 Nov 2023 04:30 PM
    I would like to respectfully submit my comments as it relates to educational requirements under ACJA 7-210 Legal Paraprofessional revisions:

    I believe that a Master of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school should satisfy one of the education requirements under the licensing program. Currently, only Master of Legal Studies degrees would meet the benchmark. Both degrees are typically identical in course content. It's just a matter of difference in the degree name.

    Currently, only an Associate's degree in any subject and a paralegal certificate would meet one aspect of the educational requirements. I would also suggest that a Bachelor's degree in any subject in addition to an accredited paralegal certificate meet the licensing requirements. Basically, anyone with an advanced degree and paralegal certification would be shut out of the licensure program.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Anthony J. Marino
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