National Affairs

Welcome to the Delaware Paralegal Association's National Affairs Page. Here you will find national hot topics and articles related to the paralegal profession. If you have any questions or topics you would like to be included here, please contact the National Affairs Director.

National Happenings

The Washington Supreme Court adopted the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rule, effective September 1, 2012. This rule authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients in approved practice areas of law. Family law is the first practice area in which licensed LLLTs will be used. The LLLT requires that applicants meet a certain set of criteria which consist of having an associate level degree or higher, 45 credit hours of core curriculum through an ABA approved law school or ABA approved paralegal program and practice area courses with curriculum developed by an ABA approved law school. In addition, in order to obtain the LLLT designation, it would also be necessary to take a special exam consisting of a core curriculum exam and a practice area exam. Currently there are sixteen (16) practicing LLLT's and they can be found on the Washington State Bar Association's website under the Limited License Legal Technician Program tab. Further information can be found in two recent articles from the Fall 2016 edition of the National Paralegal Reporter, "How It Began, Where Is It Going. Limited License Legal Technician" by Hosun Lee and "Limited License Legal Technicians: Justice Gap Pioneers" by Angela D. Masciulli, ACP, MPA. All articles are reprinted by permission from The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc., www.paralegals.org.

Rejoining NFPA Q&A

At the conclusion of the special meeting that was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting on June 16, 2016, the DPA Board promised to provide answers to the questions that were raised concerning the DPA rejoining NFPA. The vote regarding whether or not the DPA would rejoin NFPA was not passed at that time. On September 16, 2016 at 12:30 p.m., a Question and Answer session was held with Robert Hrouda, the Board advisor for NFPA, and Lisa Vessels, President of NFPA. A summary of that session is attached

Additionally, an ad hoc committee has been formed to research and fact-find information about NFPA and other national associations to discuss the possibility of DPA joining a national association. The first meeting of the ad hoc committee is scheduled for October 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in being on the committee, please contact the National Affairs Director.