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GUIDELINES FORMALLY APPROVED BY THE CBA BOARD OF GOVERNORS

GUIDELINES FOR THE UTILIZATION OF PARALEGALS

Formally approved by the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors at its Spring Meeting on May 17, 2008.  Click here to read the resolution. 

[Links to the Guidelines by practice area are farther down this page.] 

The following are duties drafted and revised by members of the Colorado Bar Association Paralegal Committee, reviewed by attorneys in each practice area, and reviewed by the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel for the unauthorized practice of law.  This is the second revision of the original Guidelines.

The Guidelines are divided into 21 specialty areas of practice.  (The first revision consisted of 18 specialty areas of practice.) One set of Guidelines (Commercial Paralegal) was removed with the 2007 revision as the duties are covered in other specialty areas.  Four new specialty areas were added with the 2007 revision:

  • Bankruptcy Paralegal: Creditor's Counsel
  • Bankruptcy Paralegal: Trustee's Counsel
  • Juvenile Litigation Paralegal
  • Social Security/Disability Law Paralegal

The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide a general framework of potential tasks that can or should be performed by a paralegal in an effort to assist with work flow.  They are intended to be a useful educational tool for attorneys and paralegals and to provide a guide for the efficient delivery of legal services.  They are also designed to be used by way of illustration and not by way of limitation, and do not cover all duties.  The fact that a duty is not presented here does not mean that a paralegal is prohibited from certain activities, but rather that the following duties have been selected by the Paralegal Committee as those most commonly practiced by paralegals in Colorado.  All of the duties listed here presume close attorney direction and supervision.

Click on the Guidelines title to view a pdf version of the specialty area of practice.

BANKRUPTCY PARALEGAL:  DEBTOR'S COUNSEL
This set of guidelines was not submitted.

BANKRUPTCY PARALEGAL:  CREDITORS' COUNSEL

BANKRUPTCY PARALEGAL:  TRUSTEE'S COUNSEL

CIVIL LITIGATION PARALEGAL

COLLECTIONS PARALEGAL

COMMERCIAL PARALEGAL
Removed from Guidelines with 2007 revision.  Duties are covered in other specialty areas.

CORPORATE LAW PARALEGAL

CORPORATE SECURITIES PARALEGAL

CRIMINAL LITIGATION PARALEGAL

ELDER LAW PARALEGAL

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PARALEGAL

FAMILY LAW PARALEGAL

IMMIGRATION LAW PARALEGAL

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW PARALEGAL

JUVENILE LITIGATION PARALEGAL

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW PARALEGAL

NATURAL RESOURCES PARALEGAL

REAL ESTATE PARALEGAL

SOCIAL SECURITY/DISABILITY LAW PARALEGAL

SPECIAL DISTRICT LAW PARALEGAL

TRUST AND ESTATES PARALEGAL

WATER LAW PARALEGAL

WORKERS COMPENSATION PARALEGAL