Paralegal Hot Topics: The ABA’s Proposed Definition Changes and New Education Guidelines
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In her first episode as co-host of the Paralegal Voice, Jill Francisco welcomes Chris Jennison to discuss the latest hot topics in the paralegal profession. Don’t worry, Carl Morrison isn’t going anywhere! Carl and Jill will share hosting responsibilities and continue bringing top-notch content tailored to paralegals. In today’s episode, Jill talks with Chris about both his role as chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Paralegals and the inner workings of the ABA Approval Commission. They then focus their discussion on two trending topics: (1) the ABA’s consideration of the removal of the term “legal assistant” from the definition of legal assistants/paralegals in favor of distinct definitions for these roles and (2) changes to guidelines for the approval of paralegal education programs that would enable the development of online paralegal coursework.

Christopher Jennison is an Attorney Advisor with the Federal Aviation Administration in the Office of Employment and Labor Law and Chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Paralegals.

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