Paralegal Ethics Seminar


We are here to review the important principles of professional conduct and ethical considerations as it applies to paralegals and legal assistants.

I will concentrate on the following points: First, I will discuss the expanding role of paralegals in the practice of law. Then, I will address the Model Code of Ethics with a focus on the Rules governing Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality. And, finally, I will cover how these

rules are implicated in the ever growing world of technology as used in the legal profession.

The Canon of Professional Ethics was developed to govern professional conduct in the practice of law in order to maintain integrity, honesty and respect in the profession. The history of the Code closely tracks the development of the legal profession itself. It has evolved throughout the years.

Indeed, the legal field has changed significantly since I started to practice law 17 years ago. At that time, typewriters with word processors were the norm, computers were a luxury and any internet access was virtually unheard of in law firms or legal departments with 50 or fewer

attorneys. Well, the times certainly have, and are, continually ?a changing.?

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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