Canon 9 - a paralegal must do all other things incidental, necessary, or expedient for the attainment of the ethics and responsibilities as defined by statute or rule of court canon 10 - a paralegal's conduct is guided by bar associations' codes of professional responsibility and rules of professional conduct. Ethical dilemmas in the paralegal field – and life ethics is one of the most important, if not the most important aspect of being a paralegal it’s a topic that must be discussed and one i hate to discuss because, quite frankly, it can get ugly. Nala's study of the professional responsibility and ethical considerations of paralegals is ongoing this research led to the development of the nala model standards and guidelines for utilization of paralegal this guide summarizes case law, guidelines and ethical opinions of the various states affecting paralegals.
If paralegals breach legal ethics, serious sanctions can result, including suspension or revocation of your paralegal license, a fine, loss of your job, or, if there was criminal activity, referral to the appropriate authorities legal ethics for paralegals are similar to those for lawyers. Ethics is one of the most important, if not the most important aspect of being a paralegal it’s a topic that must be discussed and one i hate to discuss because, quite frankly, it can get ugly the world may tell you that if you do the right thing and you’re ethical you have nothing to worry about.
In addition, nala members and certified paralegals are bound by the nala code of ethics and professional responsibility violation of this code may result in suspension of nala membership, or suspension of the certification credential. (eg, ethics committees of law firms, corporations and/or paralegal associations, local or state bar associations, local prosecutors, administrative agencies, etc) failure to report such knowledge is in itself misconduct and shall be treated as.
A paralegal must adhere strictly to the accepted standards of legal ethics and to the general principles of proper conduct the performance of the duties of the paralegal shall be governed by specific canons as defined herein so that justice will be served and goals of the profession attained. The areas that will be covered in this course include the regulation of attorney and paralegal conduct, confidentiality, the unauthorized practice of law, conflicts of interest, the handling of client funds, advertising, billing, fee splitting, disciplinary procedures and malpractice.
A concurrent determination was made that the model code of ethics and professional responsibility, formerly aspirational in nature, should be recognized as setting forth the enforceable obligations of all paralegals. The code of ethics and professional responsibility of the paralegal division of the state bar of texas was adopted on march 27, 1982 the code serves as a general guide to the high standard of conduct and integrity by paralegals that is fundamental to the profession.
If paralegals breach legal ethics, serious sanctions can result, including suspension or revocation of your paralegal license, a fine, loss of your job, or, if there was criminal activity, referral to the appropriate authorities. • national association of legal assistants, code of ethics and professional responsibility (2000) (nala code) • national federation of paralegal associations, model code of ethics and professional responsibility and guidelines for enforcement (1997) (nfpa model code) • american alliance of paralegals, inc.