American Bar Association definition of Paralegal (adopted by the ABA House of Delegates in August 1997)
“A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”ByLaws Standing Rules
The Alabama Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (“AALA”) was formed in July, 1982, as a non-profit organization to promote the paralegal profession through awareness and education. In 2003, by a majority vote of the membership, the name of the organization was changed to Alabama Association of Paralegals, Inc. (“AAPi”). AAPi is an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.