The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Casper College’s ABA-approved paralegal program in Wyoming has an innovative and one-of-a-kind Legal Services program which allows its paralegal students to both gain experience and help provide pro bono legal assistance to the public.
Paralegal students are required to work with four clients in its Legal Services program before they can graduate. The students perform the initial client intakes and perform paralegal duties under the supervision of an attorney, Craig Silva, and their instructor, attorney Mary Kubichek. Some cases are referred to area attorneys who work with the students as well.
The program is the only paralegal-based program that offers a real product in the country and has been recognized by several national organizations. The program was recognized as an Exemplary Initiative by the National Council of Instructional Administrators. Kubichek and Silva received the Pro Bono Award from the Wyoming State Bar Association in September. The program was also nominated for the Bellwether Award, a national competition that recognizes outstanding and innovative programs at community colleges.
“We don’t do criminal work, and we don’t do anything that has to be done tomorrow,” said Kubichek, an attorney who maintains her license in Nebraska. “We’re saving the world one name change and divorce at a time.”