The Ohio State Bar Association has certified 25 new paralegals as part of its Paralegal Certification program. The successful candidates underwent a rigorous course of study to prepare for and pass this year's Spring certification exam. “OSBA Certified Paralegals meet objective and uniform standards of competence and professionalism,” said OSBA President Jonathan Hollingsworth. “That’s a good thing for law firms and their clients. We welcome paralegals as members of the OSBA, and recognize their role in working with lawyers to assist Ohioans everyday.” See Press Release. The full list of successful candidates can be found at the OSBA's website.
Nathan has enjoyed his work at the Law Library. His duties
have included, helping patrons locate library materials, suggesting changes to
the Library's collection of Internet Legal Websites, and assisting with reference
inquiries by telephone.
“Access to justice is such an important issue and the work that a paralegal does is what is making a dent in that access...As we become a more litigious society, paralegals are one of the links to justice.”
These comments debunk the stereotype that paralegals are still "souped-up secretaries."
"For lawyers, this credential makes it easier to identify the best qualified paralegal professionals. For clients and the public, it demonstrates that a paralegal has met a uniform standard of professionalism."
I've picked up money, food, medicines, beverages, and even books via a drive-through, but legal documents?? Yes-it is true. A Connecticut firm occupies an office in a building that used to have a drive-through restaurant, and it is using the drive-through window to help service clients who need to drop off or pick up documents quickly and easily. According to the article I read from law.com's Legal Blog Watch, the clients love it, and it may be the first service of its kind in the U.S. You can even watch a video to see how the system works. At a minimum, it will save clients time and money parking, but think of all the advantages for clients with disabilities.
During its second year of credentialing paralegals, the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) has certified 42 brand new "Certified Paralegals." According to OSBA President Gary Leppla, these paralegals "meet objective and uniform standards of competence and professionalism." According to the OSBA, a certified paralegal "is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs substantive legal work." The list of successful candidates can be found in the July 21, 2008 issue of OBAR, and a complete list of all OSBA Certified Paralegals can be found on the OSBA website. Local paralegals who deserve recognition for achieving certification are: Tiny Murray Broz, Cheryl L. Bunevich, Marie P. Haessly, Donald Jungquist, Leslie Miller Lang, Becky Louis Rickelman, Amy K. Sanovich, Patricia A. Stauffer, Charles Thomas Stich, and Lindsay Michele Wilson. Congratulations to everyone who passed!
As part of a new Paralegal Certification Program, the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) recently certified 9 local paralegals and more than 80 paralegals state-wide. Click here for the entire list of all of the successful candidates. The OSBA certification process is similar to the process it has used for several years to certify attorneys and includes a review of the paralegal's education, work experience, and CLE history, combined with passage of a brand new certification exam administered by the OSBA on June 2nd. The OSBA hopes that certification will be a valuable credential for Ohio paralegals through the use of standards to measure their training, knowledge, experience and skill. In January of 2008, the OSBA will begin accepting applications for the next certification exam.
The Ohio State Bar Association established a credentialing program for paralegals. Education, experience, professional references, written test and continuing education requirements are set out for OSBA certified paralegals. The OSBA Paralegal Certification Board will grant and revoke certification and administer testing. Applications for paralegal certification will be available January 1, 2007. Source : Inside OSBA, Sept. 12, 2006.