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Paralegal Pointers

The Paralegal Profession:

Past, Present and Future BY GARTH W. ROWBOTHAM Compared to the historical time frame of the Columbus Bar Association, or the legal profession as a whole, the concept of what a paralegal is today has existed for a much shorter period of time. In the 1960s, the federal government created the Legal Services Corporation, to fund low cost legal services and clinics to the indigent.

automation, work flow management and what they called at that time “legal assistants”.i The American Bar Association recognized the concept of legal assistants in 1968 and established a committee on legal assistants, later naming it the Standing Committee on Legal Assistants. Due to ever– increasing specialization, education and complexity of the non-attorney position, the ABA adopted the term “paralegal” in place of “legal assistant” in 2003.ii

Kathy McGranahan in 2009) wanted to enable legal assistants to perform substantive legal work under attorney supervision. He brought Capital University Law School and the Columbus Bar Association together to form the first paralegal education program and bar association collaborative venture in the U.S. The concept of paralegal utilization would be instrumental in allowing attorneys to concentrate more on tasks that only an attorney can perform, thereby achieving cost reduction and increasing productivity.iii

Consequently, attorneys and bar associations endeavored to lower the cost of legal services by increasing efficiency through the use of

In central Ohio, paralegal education had its beginnings in 1972, when Hon. John W. McCormac (pictured above, presenting an award to paralegal

Though we are saddened by Hon. John W. McCormac’s recent passing, this former 10th District appellate judge and WWII Navy veteran has left

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Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly Spring 2019  

In this issue, Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly is celebrating the CBA’s 150th Anniversary with articles about how the law has changed through...