Types of Affiliate Membership
The Solo and Small Firm Section makes it a point to offer several different types of membership to non-attorney affiliate members. Affiliate members are included in all SSF Section events. The Section recognizes several different categories of affiliate membership:
Paralegals and Legal Assistants: Paralegals and Florida legal assistants are eligible for affiliate membership in SSF. Membership dues for paralegals and legal assistants are $45 per year. For the purposes of this section’s bylaws, the terms paralegal and legal assistant are interpreted to mean:
- a person who is qualified through education, training, or work experience and who assists an attorney in the delivery of legal services, in a capacity or function which involves the performance of specifically delegated work under the supervision and direction of an attorney who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar, which work, for the most part, requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that, absent such legal assistant, the attorney would perform the task; and
- who has satisfied the following minimum requirements:
- Successful completion of the certified legal assistant or paralegal (CLA/CP) examination of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.; or
- Graduation from an ABA-approved program of study for legal assistants or paralegals; or
- A bachelor’s degree in any field, plus not less than 3 years of in-house training as a legal assistant or paralegal, and whose attorney/employer attests that such person is so qualified.
Legal Administrators: Florida legal administrators are eligible for affiliate membership in SSF. Membership dues for legal administrators are $45 per year. For the purpose of this section’s bylaws, a Florida legal administrator shall mean any person employed by a law firm, corporate legal department, government, judicial or legal agency, or other entity devoted primarily to the practice of law, regardless of the title by which the person is classified with the entity, if such a person devotes the majority of his/her working time to the performance of managerial and administrative duties connected with the entity.
Law Students: Any full-time student in good standing of a fully accredited Florida law school interested in the purposes of this section is eligible for affiliate membership upon application. Affiliate memberships for law students do not require payment of annual dues. Any student affiliate member who ceases to be a full-time student in good standing of a fully accredited Florida law school, for any reason other than graduation, shall no longer be a member of this section. Upon graduation and receipt of the J.D. degree, a student affiliate member shall continue as a student affiliate member of this section for one year beyond graduation or until the affiliate member is admitted to The Florida Bar, whichever shall first occur.
Law Professors: Any law professor who is employed as a faculty member of a law school that offers a traditional law curriculum leading to its students obtaining a Juris Doctor degree and being eligible to take a state bar examination in at least one state is eligible for affiliate membership upon application and payment of this section’s annual dues for law professors. Membership dues for law professors are $45 per year.