Sunday, October 25, 2009

Judge Proudest of Case Recognizing Paralegals as Professionals

The paralegal profession has made huge strides in the past few decades. We all have a great deal to be proud of and numerous legal professionals to thank, including Judge Linda Thomas, who is retiring as the Chief Justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas.

Like many paralegals in the 70s and 80s, Thomas started her legal career as a secretary in a law firm. An attorney not only encouraged her to earn her bachelor’s degree while working during the day, but even tutored her in algebra during lunch. Thomas went on to law school and a stellar judicial career.

Of all the cases she's handled, Thomas is proudest of one that recognized paralegals as professionals, setting out when lawyers could charge separately for their work.

"It is still the law in the state," the former legal assistant said. Lawyers save time, clients save money and "it establishes legal assistant paralegals as professionals."

"To me, that's beneficial to everybody."

Thank you, Judge Thomas, for your contributions to the paralegal profession.

Source: The Dallas Morning News

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