The State Bar of California’s Comments Submitted to the California Paraprofessional Program Working Group

Jason Solomon writes to members of the California paraprofessional working group to recommend that licensed paraprofessionals be permitted to provide in-court representation. The reasons for this are: (1) consumers want and need advocacy; (2) research shows that advocacy from people who are not lawyers significantly increases the chances of success for litigants; (3) the premise of our adversarial system is that a clash of the strongest arguments is what gets to the truth and therefore fair and accurate outcomes; and (4) political considerations should not be an obstacle.



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