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Fri Jul 2, 2021, 08:11 AM

More regression

I have a special license to practice law as a nonattorney in Washington state. Washington was the first state to issue these licenses, and now other states are following. I am proud to have been the 2nd person to earn the license, in 2015. There is a rigorous education, training, and exam program, but far less expensive than law school, and far more practical. We are able to pass along the savings to clients, charging about 1/3 of what attorneys bill.

Since about 2016, the makeup of our Court and the Board of Governors of the State Bar association has turned over, and now they are sunsetting our license - no more Legal Technicians will be licensed. Because we have proven to be incompetent? No. Allegedly, because it's costing the Bar too much of its budget - 1% per year! The Justices on the court who support the license, I'm told, are struggling to go to work every day! And so much hypocrisy, as our Court issued some pablum about racial / equal justice after George Floyd's murder last summer.

I see now that what I thought was stability and evolution, progress and raised consciousness in my 20s, in the 1970s, was but an illusion.

Grieving today.

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cilla4progress Jul 2021 OP
secondwind Jul 2021 #1
cilla4progress Jul 2021 #2
Evolve Dammit Jul 2021 #3
cilla4progress Jul 2021 #4
Evolve Dammit Jul 2021 #8
bucolic_frolic Jul 2021 #5
cilla4progress Jul 2021 #6
dlk Jul 2021 #7

Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Fri Jul 2, 2021, 08:18 AM

1. That's a bummer... you would think with all that is going on in this country, that


"the more the merrier" would be the way to go. Am very sorry this has happened to you.

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Response to secondwind (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 2, 2021, 08:55 AM

2. You would think...

I will not lose my license, just, no more new licenses will be issued.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Fri Jul 2, 2021, 09:49 AM

3. I too grieve for what could have been. I am sorry to hear of another backward move from a sound idea

The 70's held much promise. Seems like the dark forces just never stop. Neither can we of course, but I'm not 20 anymore.

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Response to Evolve Dammit (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 2, 2021, 09:57 AM

4. Your DU name

is perfect for these times. Thank you!

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 2, 2021, 12:37 PM

8. I had so much hope then. Evolution toward a better society and world is so slow, but thanks.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Fri Jul 2, 2021, 10:29 AM

5. Yeah, that must have ruffled some feathers

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 2, 2021, 10:39 AM

6. Yeah, not the least of which

Is new Chief on the Court.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Fri Jul 2, 2021, 11:00 AM

7. Professional groups are very protective of their special status

Lawyers, doctors; for example, thereís a reason there are a limited number of medical schools in the US. Itís not surprising to see these changes to WA legal licensing. Especially now, monopolies are only increasing.

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