My, how time has flown for the paralegal profession in Texas!
"Paralegals have made their way out of the figurative woods and into the light of a recognized profession [PDF link] since the State Bar of Texas created its paralegal division 25 years ago, an Austin woman who was instrumental in the landmark said Wednesday.
"Debra Crosby [scroll down for bio] told 30 people at a Petroleum Club luncheon that she entered the field more than 30 years ago because her husband was in law school and she had just earned a master’s degree in English and needed a job.
Crosby said her tenures as chairman of the Bar’s long-range planning task force and 1993-95 division presidency helped establish standards and certification programs at Midland College, San Antonio College, Texas State University at San Marcos and other schools.
"Oct. 23 is Texas Paralegal Day and the 25th anniversary of the division, which has 2,000 members. Only about half of the PAPB [Paralegal Association of the Permian Basin] belongs to the state organization and Crosby encouraged them to join."