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President’s Message

Welcome to CAPA’s website, where we strive to provide you with information relevant to the paralegal profession. As you look around this site, you will find information on the requirements for becoming a paralegal in California (set forth in Business & Professions Code section 6450 et seq.), and tools to help you in your work as a paralegal. Please keep in mind that paralegals work under the supervision of attorneys and may not give legal advice!

CAPA’s 27th Educational Conference will be held on June 27, 2015, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. We are very excited about the program this year, which consists of four tracks, each focusing on a particular area of law and designed to provide you with the opportunity to walk away from the conference with new skills and in-depth knowledge of the topic covered. You can find a link to our conference brochure on the front page of our website. Each track (with the exception of the professional development track) provides 4 units of CLE – 3 units of general CLE and 1 unit of ethics. Our fabulous business partners/vendors will once again exhibit at the conference to share information about their products and services. We are so grateful for the support of these vendors and our sustaining members!

CAPA continues to work on behalf of paralegals across California by providing educational opportunities such as those available through its Educational Conference. In addition, CAPA monitors legislation, case law, and other current events that may affect the paralegal profession. Currently, the issue of Limited License Legal Technicians, also known as “LLLT”, (originating in the state of Washington) is being closely followed. The California State Bar has created a subcommittee to explore the licensing of legal technicians or creating a limited license to practice law by which those not fully licensed as attorneys are enabled to provide limited, discrete legal services to consumers in defined legal subject matter areas. This has been a subject of discussion at the State Bar for 20 years. In light of action taken creating a limited license to practice law for legal technicians in Washington state and the actions of the Law Society of Upper Canada licensing and regulating paralegals, this was identified by the Board at its January 2014 planning meeting for exploration. CAPA has also monitored legislation in the Assembly (AB 888) that would have given the State Bar the power to bring an action against individuals who are identified as engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. The Governor vetoed the bill on October 9, 2013. For more information about AB 888, please click here. CAPA members will be kept updated on the status of issues such as these through reports to your local association’s CAPA representatives and through CAPA’s newsletter, RECAP.

Please take time to explore our website, and feel free to email me with any questions or comments you may have. We appreciate your support of CAPA and of the paralegal profession!

Kristine M. Custodio, CP President