>A proposal that would force nonlawyers to register with the Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) program before they could use the title “paralegal” has been rejected by the Florida Bar Board of Governors. At its May 27 meeting, the Board instead endorsed strengthening the FRP in an effort to attract more nonlawyers to become registered paralegals. Nonlawyers who work under a lawyer’s supervision without registering will still be able to use the title paralegal.
“We received a lot of comments about this,” said Greg Coleman, Chair of the Program Evaluation Committee which is charged with conducting mandatory reviews of the FRP program. “The vast majority of them, including most of the paralegals who corresponded with me, were not in favor of mandatory regulation.”