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Rocio ValenzuelaProfessor BrownleePAR 105 Lesson 5Critical Thinking & Writing Questions2. What is a screening interview? What potential ethical and malpractices issues areinvolved?A screening interview is a limited first-time contact with a potential new client. Thescreening interview is usually conducted by either the paralegal or the supervisingattorney. This screening can take place over the phone, or in person. This criticalbecause the information that is gathered during the initial interview determines thedirection of the case if there is a case. If too little information is asked or given couldlead to the law firm to declining representation. The interviewer would have to ask iftaking the case will be beneficial for both the client and law firm based on the screeninginterview.Some conflict may arise from the screening interview. For example during the interviewif it is discovered that law firm is representing the opposite party, or that a legalpersonnel was employed by the opposite party at a point, and the lawyer takes the casewithout properly setting up an ethical wall to prevent such conflict. This malpractice willdismiss the lawyer or the law firm of legal representation. All this considered whendeciding to represent a client.Some of the ethical and malpractices could occur if the interviewing paralegal obtainstoo much or too little information this creates a poor client relationship. This criticalinformation that determines if taking the case will be beneficial for the client and lawfirm. If the information gathered is out of the law firm expertise, a lawyer can possiblyviolate their duty of care by taking the case if found incompetent. Conflict of interestscan limit an attorney or the law firm’s potential to take on a prospect client or to continuewith existing clients. Confidentiality must be honored even if the attorney decides not totake the case. The client is entitled to the same respect of attorney-client privilege asaddressed in AZ-ER 1.18. Duties to Prospective Client.Van Laningham, Allison,O. "Legal Malpractice and the Civil Defense Lawyer: PastTrends, Present Conditions and Future Avoidancedagger]." FDCC Quarterly 59.4(2009): 325-37. ProQuest. Web. 20 May 2016.-origsite=summon