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Board of Governors to vote on paralegal certification, bar-dues increase

Top officials at the Wisconsin State Bar will be deciding this week whether to increase dues and whether to establish a certification program for paralegals.

The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors will be meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday at the State Bar Center, 5302 Eastpark Blvd., Madison.

The board will be taking action on its 2017-18 budget, which calls for a $4 increase in yearly bar dues.

The bar increased its dues by $30 in 2014, bringing the total to $254 a year. When mandatory court assessments are included, the amount goes up to $490.

The board will also decide whether to approve the second phase of a proposal to create a bar-administered paralegal-certification program. Because Wisconsin sets no minimum standards or requirements for paralegals, anyone can present themselves as one.

The board voted last year to approve a policy to establish and administer a program to certify paralegals in the state. The bar’s continuing legal-education committee has been working with a group that is seeking to flesh out the program’s procedural and substantive details.

The Board of Governors will also receive a report and see a demonstration of a process meant to allow members to pay their dues electronically starting in the 2018 fiscal year.

 

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