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Welcome to the Delaware Paralegal Association's National Affairs Page. Here you will find national hot topics and articles related to the paralegal profession. If you have any questions or topics you would like to be included here, please contact the National Affairs Director

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  • July 29, 2019 6:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The issue of whether paralegals are exempt or non-exempt from payment of overtime has been hotly debated among paralegals and the employers who utilize them.  This is the most recent article I have seen addressing one aspect of the discussion – highly compensated paralegals.  I found the posting on LinkedIn and the article is also available on the firm’s website.

    The U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion on July 1, 2019 (FLSA2019-8) regarding whether paralegals are exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements under section 13(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.   Please see the A “Fair Reading” Of The FLSA Exempts Paralegals From Overtime Pay published on July 16, 2019, by Sherman & Howard L.L.C., Denver’s oldest law firm, with a  broad-range national practice.

    The paralegals for which the Wage and Hour Division opined appeared to satisfy the highly compensated employee exemption.  A link to the full guidance letter (FLSA 2019-8) is also included at the end of the article.
  • June 24, 2019 6:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Introducing the New ABA! Enhanced Benefits. Greater Value.

    Here is the link to explore membership opportunities and benefits with the ABA that Christopher Jennison, Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals, announced at our June 20, 2019 annual meeting.  Paralegals and paralegal students can join the ABA; the annual fee is $75 for paralegals and $0 for paralegal students.  Click here for details.

  • May 16, 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are unable to submit a filing by a required deadline due to system
    inaccessibility, you may request a Technical Issue Letter for the court by
    emailing our Client Support Team at and
    providing the information below:

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  • January 04, 2019 5:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President Trump signed the Probono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018.  The bill was sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan (Alaska) to promote pro bono legal services for domestic violence.  Check out the full text of the Bill at  Would you be interested in learning more about how Delaware responds to this Bill?  Let us know below.  

  • January 04, 2019 5:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Louisiana and Missouri are two states that addressed professional licensing through legislation.

    LA House Bill 748 initially contained a “certification” definition that denoted licensing.  The Louisiana State Paralegal Association (LSPA), NALA and 40 other national and global credentialing associations joined forces to change the Bill’s definition to distinguish between licensing and certification.  In particular, LSPA (a NALA Affiliated) attended the May 9, 2018 Senate Commerce Committee Meeting.  House Bill 748 was enacted without including certification in the definition.

    Missouri enacted the Professional Employer Organization Act through MO House Bills 1719 & 1500 These bills do not prohibit voluntary certification programs, but do include certification definitions that may require governmental oversight.

    Professional Certification Coalition was formed to address efforts to enact legislation that would undermine certifications offered by private certification organizations For further information, please see this link  Thoughts?

  • September 28, 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Utah is set to become the second state to allow nonlawyer law practice.  See posting below about the first state to do so, Washington.  Further information may be found about the Utah new rules at this link.  [Authorized link per]

    At the end of the article, you will see where our paralegal colleagues across the country have been posting comments on this hot topic.  Let’s discuss!

  • July 20, 2017 4:22 PM | Michelle Granger (Administrator)

    The Washington Supreme Court adopted the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rule, effective September 1, 2012. This rule authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients in approved practice areas of law. Family law is the first practice area in which licensed LLLTs will be used. The LLLT requires that applicants meet a certain set of criteria which consist of having an associate level degree or higher, 45 credit hours of core curriculum through an ABA approved law school or ABA approved paralegal program and practice area courses with curriculum developed by an ABA approved law school. In addition, in order to obtain the LLLT designation, it would also be necessary to take a special exam consisting of a core curriculum exam and a practice area exam. Currently there are sixteen (16) practicing LLLT's and they can be found on the Washington State Bar Association's website under the Limited License Legal Technician Program tab. Further information can be found in two recent articles from the Fall 2016 edition of the National Paralegal Reporter, "How It Began, Where Is It Going. Limited License Legal Technician" by Hosun Lee and "Limited License Legal Technicians: Justice Gap Pioneers" by Angela D. Masciulli, ACP, MPA. All articles are reprinted by permission from The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.,

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