16-18-34 Definition of legal assistant.
Definition of legal assistant.
Legal assistants (also known as paralegals) are a
distinguishable group of persons who assist licensed attorneys in the delivery of legal services.
Through formal education, training, and experience, legal assistants have knowledge and expertise
regarding the legal system, substantive and procedural law, the ethical considerations of the legal
profession, and the Rules of Professional Conduct as stated in chapter 16-18, which qualify them to
do work of a legal nature under the employment and direct supervision of a licensed attorney. This
rule shall apply to all unlicensed persons employed by a licensed attorney who are represented to the
public or clients as possessing training or education which qualifies them to assist in the handling
of legal matters or document preparation for the client.
Source: SL 1992, ch 370 (Supreme Court Rule 92-5); Supreme Court Rule 97-25.