The State Bar of California is considering a proposal that would allow legal technicians to offer legal advice and nonlawyers to share fees with attorneys. Similar proposals have drawn criticism from Illinois State Bar Association leaders, who claim they would fundamentally shift the legal landscape.
“It has been the consistent position of the Illinois State Bar Association that the practice of law is a privilege reserved for licensed lawyers,” said ISBA President David B. Sosin. “The sharing of fees with hedge funds, multi-national corporations, and nonlawyers has been a disaster in other countries. Most importantly, nothing in the California proposal, or similar proposals and plans, address the preeminent issue, which is the protection of the public.”