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Rethinking the Role of Paralegals

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Seven people passed Washington’s exam to become a Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) out of nine test takers.  LLLTs must obtain professional liability insurance prior to obtaining their limited license to practice law.  No such insurance yet exists and is not expected until August 2015, unless the LLLT works...

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Legal Technicians Across the US

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At this time, there are no licensed LLLTs in the State of Washington.  Despite that, approximately a dozen states are considering similar programs.  Representatives from the WSBA have met or communicated with most or all of these states.[1]  A handful of states have conducted preliminary research, including task force...

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LLLTs in Washington: An Abbreviated History

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Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLTs) are a category of legal practitioner created in Washington State.  While they are not lawyers, LLLTs have a limited license to practice law.  Currently, LLLTs can only practice in the area of family law. Some argue that the LLLT program has its roots in...

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An Open Letter to the State Bar of California

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The following is the text of a letter I sent to the State Bar of California when it solicited public comment on the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force Report and Recommendations. 1. Overview of the Washington LLLT Program The Washington LLLT program came about after our Supreme Court commissioned a...

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Change the Legal System at its Core

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I have been writing about Washington State’s Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) program a lot over the last few weeks. A program purportedly designed and sold on the premise that it will make a measureable impact on the “access to justice” crisis both in Washington and around the country....

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Context for My LLLT Bloomberg Quotes

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Recently I was interviewed for Bloomberg BNA’s article, New Washington Rule Allows Legal Techs to Become Minority Owners in Law Firms. The article is about how new Rule of Professional Conduct (RPC) 5.9 permits lawyers to own law firms with Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT). I want to take...

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Technology is Changing the Practice of Law

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I have written previously about how consumers are the first of the four major disruptors I see occurring within the legal industry.  Technology is the second. I want to explain a concept created by Richard Susskind who is a legal futurist. He created a flowchart depicting the evolution of...

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LLLT Paves the Way for ABS in WA

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Washington State is now the first state[1] to allow alternative business structures (ABSs), whereby non-lawyers are authorized to share fees with lawyers and have ownership interests in law firms via the recently approved Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC). This new rule allows LLLTs to...

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Will LLLTs Really Improve Access to Justice?

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Despite the Washington State Bar Association’s Board of Governors voting against it numerous times, in 2012 the Washington Supreme Court adopted APR 28 the Limited Practice Rule for Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT).[1]  This rule was submitted to the Court by the Practice of Law Board, the board that...

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