Author; Sanda R. Kirkham, Chair – Paralegal Division
The Honorable Olene Walker, Governor of the State of Utah, has declared every third Thursday in May as Paralegal’s Day in the State of Utah and encourages the citizens of Utah to actively participate in this Declaration. We invite all attorneys and their paralegals to join us in celebrating this grand day and are pleased to have Justice Michael J. Wilkins as the speaker for our celebration this year (please see invitation below).
As paralegals in the State of Utah, we take great pride in our profession. The paralegal field is currently one of the fastest growing professions in the country.
A paralegal’s primary role is to help attorneys in the delivery of low cost and professional legal services to the public. The valuable contribution of paralegals is recognized by the Utah State Bar through it’s creation of the Paralegal Division in 1996 (fka The Legal Assistant Division)
The paralegal profession is based upon the need for the availability of high-quality legal services at the lowest possible cost within the team of lawyer and para-professional who share the responsibility for the ethical, competent, and cost-efficient provision of legal services, exercising high professional standards.
The Utah Supreme Court defines a paralegal as a person, qualified through education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity in a capacity or function which involves the performance, under the ultimate direction and supervision of an attorney, of specifically delegated substantive legal work, which work, for the most part, requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that, absent such a paralegal, the attorney would perform the task.
Paralegals should at all times maintain the integrity of the legal profession and are subject to the rules of professional conduct governing lawyers licensed to practice in the State of Utah known as Rules of Professional Conduct of the Utah State Bar.
The utilization of paralegals in rendering legal services has been recognized and promulgated by the American Bar Association and other professional societies.
The Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar is committed to serving both the profession and the community at large. The Division thanks the Bar as well as the many law firms and attorneys that continually give support to the Division. We look forward to a bright and promising future.