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Chapter 2

Paralegal A person who assists an attorney and, working under the attorney's supervision, does tasks that, absent the paralegal, the attorney would do. A paralegal cannot give legal advice or appear in court.
American Bar Association (ABA) A national voluntary organization of lawyers.
Freelance paralegal A paralegal who works as an independent contractor rather than as an employee of a law firm or corporation.
Lay advocate Generally someone operating within the law, representing persons before administrative agencies that permit this practice.
Legal technician A nonlawyer who provides legal services directly to the public without being under the supervision of an attorney. Absent a statue allowing this activity, it constitutes the unauthorized practice of law.
American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) A national organization of paralegal programs that promotes high standards for paralegal education.
National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) A national association of paralegal associations.
National Association of Legal Assistants(NALA) A national paralegal association.
International Paralegal Management Association (IPMA) A national association of legal assistant managers.
Registration The process by which individuals or organizations have their names placed on an official list kept by some private organization or government agency.
Certified The status of being formally recognized by a nongovernmental organization for having met special criteria, such as fulfilling educational requirements and passing an exam, established by that organization.
Certificated The status of having received a certificate documenting that the person has successfully completed an educational program.
Partnership A business run by two or more persons as co-owners.
Professional corporation (PC) A professional entity in which the stockholders share in the organization's profits but have their liabilities limited to the amount of their investment.
Limited liability partnership (LLP) A professional entity in which the owners share in the organization's profits but are not liable for the malpractice of their partners.
Legal clinic Usually organized as either a partnership or a professional corporation, law clinics provide low-cost legal services on routine matters by stressing low overhead and high volume.
Legal services offices Affiliated with the federal government's Legal Services Corporation, these offices serve those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance.
Created by: jbholland