National Association of Legal Assistants

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National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA): The nation's leading professional association for paralegals and legal assistants provides continuing education and professional development programs. National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA): A national voluntary paralegal association formed in 1974 that is actively involved in paralegal professional development. Paralegal: Also used interchangeably with the term "legal assistant" for a professional who is qualified through education, training or work experience, to assist attorneys in the delivery of a broad range of legal services. Paralegal Certificate: A certificate awarded to an individual who has successfully completed a paralegal study program. PA101, Unit 1 Key Terms American Bar Association (ABA): A voluntary national association that plays an active role in developing educational and ethical standards for attorneys and in pursuing improvements in the administration of justice. Associate’s Degree: An academic degree granted by a community college or university signifying the completion of a two-year course of study. Bachelor’s Degree: An academic degree granted by a university signifying the completion of a four-year course of study. Certification: Formal recognition by a private group or state agency that an individual has satisfied the group or agency’s standards of proficiency, knowledge, and competence in a particular subject area. Certified Legal Assistant (CLA): A legal assistant who has met certain criteria and passed an exam offered by the NALA. U nit 2 – Key Terms Attorney-client privilege – Client’s right to have anything told to a lawyer while seeking legal advice kept confidential Confidentiality – The duty imposed on the attorney and each member of the legal team to enable clients to obtain legal advice by allowing the client to freely and openly give all the relevant facts without fear of disclosure. Complex litigation – Required document production and maintaining indexes of the paperwork generated from litigation Conflict checking – Verify that current and prior representation of parties and matters handled will not present a conflict of interest for the firm in accepting a new client or legal matter. Ethical wall – Environment where an attorney or a paralegal is isolated from a particular case or client to avoid a conflict of interest or to protect the client’s confidences and secrets Exculpatory evidence – Evidence to tends the prove the innocence of the accused or prove the facts of the defendant’s case
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Fiduciary relationship – Relationship under which one party has a duty to act for the interest and benefit of another while acting within the scope of the relationship General law practice – Law firm that handles all types of cases
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course PA PA101 taught by Professor Pamelakroh during the Fall '11 term at Kaplan University.

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