“A Legal Assistant / Paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” (Adopted by the ABA in 1997). With a strong educational and experiential background, the legal assistant/paralegal is qualified to provide professional support to the legal profession.
A legal assistant may perform any task delegated from and supervised by an attorney and which does not constitute the unauthorized practice of law. A legal assistant cannot accept a case; set a fee; render legal advice; or make a court appearance. Legal assistants work continually to maintain a high degree of competency and integrity within the legal profession through continuing legal education and submitting to voluntary certification.
How do I join?
Complete and submit The West Virginia Bar Association membership application along with the appropriate dues payment to The West Virginia Bar Association, PO Box 2162, Huntington, WV 25722.