August 18, 2022

A point out bar approach could make shoddy legal provider prosper

To the editor: As longstanding authorized assist attorneys, we ended up astonished by the editorial board’s guidance of the California Bar Assn.’s proposed paraprofessional application.

Rather than decide on amongst personal attorneys striving to shield their turf and a state bar attempting to broaden its personal, The Moments ought to have attended to objections by nonprofit legal expert services lawyers dedicated to growing accessibility to justice for much less-resourced Californians.

Real more than enough, “the concentration will have to be on the needs of Californians who ought to have a reasonable shot at justice.” But not every paraprofessional software developments that aim. In California, “notarios” self-styled as paraprofessionals infamously prey on desperate immigrants by giving shoddy providers, generally with dire repercussions.

Very poor lawful companies can be (significantly) even worse than none at all. That is why safeguards matter so substantially. Nonetheless, the bar’s proposal omits or slights legal professional supervision, minimal roles, coaching and regulation and enforcement. Licensure in this article would paper around — and thereby authentic and entrench — California’s present two-tiered technique of justice.

Leigh Ferrin, Santa Ana

Julianna Lee, Los Angeles

Ferrin is director of litigation and professional bono at the Community Legislation Center. Lee is supervising attorney at the Legal Assist Basis of Los Angeles.