Avoiding Paralegal Ethics Violations - On Demand

Candess Zona-Mendola

Format: On Demand Program
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As the legal industry changes, many tasks that were once handled by an attorney are now being delegated to paralegals and other nonlawyer staff. As a paralegal, it is more important than ever to set clear expectations and boundaries with your employer to avoid the unauthorized practice of law and reduce your liability. While lawyers are responsible for the work product and ethical conduct of the paralegals they supervise, ethics violations can put your client’s case at risk, impact your attorney’s license, and negatively impact your career.

In this webinar, senior trial paralegal Candess Zona-Mendola will cover the ten most common ethics issues for paralegals and how to avoid them, including:

  • Failing to abide by a code of conduct or code of ethics, as established by your attorney’s bar association
  • Accepting referral fees for cases referred to your law firm
  • Failing to report conflicts of interest
  • Entering into personal and business relationships with clients
  • What counts as the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) and best practices for avoiding violations
  • The importance of client confidentiality and privilege
  • What to do when you are feeling pressured to do something unethical by a supervisor
  • Breaking security measures
  • And more

While there may not be a federal “paralegal code of conduct” that all paralegals are bound to, this 60-minute presentation will provide rules and strategies designed to help you, and the attorneys you work with, avoid the kind of ethics violations that can put cases at risk or even damage careers.

On Demand Program: 50 Minutes
Original Air Date: 03/02/2023
Accreditation is not being offered for this on demand program