Does your jurisdiction’s rules of lawyer conduct have a section for paralegals and/or legal assistants?
Answer to relevant QuestionsWhy do state legislatures usually stay out of the regulation of the legal profession? If Erin had done drugs in the past and now wants to become an attorney, should her history of illegal drug use matter? If not, why? If so, then should it matter that she is already a paralegal with that history? Why are attorneys responsible for the misconduct of their nonlawyer assistants, including paralegals? Do your state’s rules of professional conduct have the identical ABA version of Rule 5.3? What determines whether a nonlawyer is allowed to represent someone before an administrative agency?
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