One of the most important stories of the last couple of years has been the debate over instituting changes to the regulatory regimes among the states. Washington stated abandoned its program of legal technicians while Utah and Arizona adopted significant changes allowing alternative business structures, non-lawyer services, and/or partnerships with non-lawyers. Other states, including California and Illinois have been considering proposals that include similar plans.
In that context, it is worth taking a look at a short article submitted to the State Bar of California in support of a proposed Paraprofessional Program which would authorize paraprofessionals to provide legal advice in areas such as family, consumer debt, landlord/tenant, employment/income, and collateral criminal cases, as well as represent parties in court (excluding jury trials). The article is called A Paralegal's Perspective on the Proposed California Paraprofessional Program and you can read it here.