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Chapter Nine Professionalism and Special Issues for Paralegals. In this chapter, you will learn about: The role of paralegals in the legal profession Definition of professionalism Special issues for paralegals Paralegal participation in pro bono activities.

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chapter nine professionalism and special issues for paralegals
Chapter NineProfessionalism and Special Issues for Paralegals

In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • The role of paralegals in the legal profession
  • Definition of professionalism
  • Special issues for paralegals
  • Paralegal participation in pro bono activities
snitch rules and whistleblower statutes
Snitch Rules and Whistleblower Statutes
  • Snitch rules: Rules requiring lawyers to report unethical conduct
  • Whistleblower statutes: Protect employees and others from retaliation for reporting violations
qualities of professional paralegals
Qualities of Professional Paralegals

Commitment to:

  • Public service
  • Education
  • The highest standards of ethical conduct
  • Excellence
  • The paralegal profession
  • A strong work ethic
  • Acting with integrity and honor
  • Development of the whole person
  • Exercising good judgment, common sense, and communication skills
regulation
Regulation
  • Is there a need for regulation?
  • Who should be regulated?
  • Who should do the regulating?
  • Should regulation be mandatory or voluntary?
  • What level of regulation is appropriate?
  • What educational requirements, if any, should be required?
  • What kind of examination, if any, should be required?
  • What, if any, tasks should paralegals be authorized to perform only if they are regulated?