Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 15:59:36 -0400
From: Fred Shapiro
Subject: Re: Paralegal (Shapiro, 1970)

On Thu, 30 Apr 1998, Bapopik wrote:

> WEEK. "Paralegal" appears to have been coined by an Philadelphia lawyer
> Shapiro, in 1970. (All true American lawyers are named Shapiro.)

Actually, the word is a little older than that:

1969 _Denver Law Journal_ 46: 392 The thesis of this article is that the
legal profession can best respond to the increasing demand for legal
services by providing some legal services through "paralegal" or
"sublegal" personnel.

_Id._ 393 The "paralegal" is one who is not a lawyer, not under direct
supervision of a lawyer, but who needs some legal training to do his job
well. Examples of paralegals are welfare workers, insurance adjusters,
and probation officers.

Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry)
Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES
Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1998
e-mail: fred.shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ISBN 0-19-509547-2