California Bar Mulls Licensing Nonlawyer Professionals

By Aebra Coe (January 23, 2020, 8:47 PM EST) -- California State Bar leaders took another step Thursday toward opening up the regulation of legal services in the state, launching the assembly of a task force to explore a licensing scheme under which paraprofessionals would provide certain legal services and advice to consumers.

In a strategic planning session in Los Angeles, the State Bar of California board of trustees reached a consensus Thursday afternoon that the bar's staff should begin assembling a task force to explore how nonlawyer practitioners might be licensed and permitted to practice in the state.

State bar interim executive director Donna Hershkowitz said her team's goal is...

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