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Unformatted text preview: A P P E N D I X B National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement PREAMBLE The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.(NFPA) is a professional or- ganization comprised of paralegal associations and individual paralegals throughout the United States and Canada. Members of NFPA have varying backgrounds, experi- ences, education, and job responsibilities that reflect the diversity of the paralegal pro- fession. NFPA promotes the growth, development, and recognition of the paralegal profession as an integral partner in the delivery of legal services. In May 1993 NFPA adopted its Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Model Code) to delineate the principles for ethics and conduct to which every para- legal should aspire. Many paralegal associations throughout the United States have endorsed the concept and content of NFPAs Model Code through the adoption of their own ethical codes. In doing so, paralegals have confirmed the professions commitment to increase the quality and efficiency of legal services, as well as recognized its responsibilities to the public, the legal community, and colleagues. Paralegals have recognized, and will continue to recognize, that the profession must continue to evolve to enhance their roles in the delivery of legal services. With in- creased levels of responsibility comes the need to define and enforce mandatory rules of professional conduct. Enforcement of codes of paralegal conduct is a logical and necessary step to enhance and ensure the confidence of the legal community and the public in the integrity and professional responsibility of paralegals. In April 1997 NFPA adopted the Model Disciplinary Rules (Model Rules) to make possible the enforcement of the Canons and Ethical Considerations contained in the NFPA Model Code. A concurrent determination was made that the Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, formerly aspirational in nature, should be rec- ognized as setting forth the enforceable obligations of all paralegals. 457 Reprinted by permission from The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc., www.paralegals.org Z02_GOLD0000_00_SE_APPB.QXD 12/9/09 1:27 AM Page 457 458 APPENDIX B National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. Ethical Considerations EC-1.1 (a) A paralegal shall achieve competency through education, training, and work experience. EC-1.1 (b) A paralegal shall aspire to participate in a minimum of twelve (12) hours of con- tinuing legal education, to include at least one (1) hour of ethics education, every two (2) years in order to remain current on developments in the law....
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course LEGAL PA101 taught by Professor Pamelabasmajian during the Winter '11 term at Kaplan University.
- Winter '11