Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday's Ethics Trivia Question for Paralegals

Thursday, December 8, 2011: What is the best answer to this ethics trivia question?

When a paralegal is offered a job by a law firm, what should he/she do to guard against conflicts of interest?

A. Reveal the names of clients in only litigation matters on which he/she has worked in the last 3 years.

B. Refuse to reveal any information about the clients or matters on which he/she has worked.

C. Reveal the minimum information about clients and matters needed to conduct a conflicts check.

D. Reveal only client names on matters on which he/she has worked.

What do you think? I'll be back later to add my comments.

Copyright 2011 Vicki Voisin, Inc.


paralegal-ethics said...

In Texas, the answer is C.

Misty Sheffield said...

She beat me to it, but I agree, the answer is C.

Paralegal Mentor said...

The correct answer is C.

A is incorrect because there is no time limit on conflicts checks.

B is incorrect because the paralegal must allow the new employer to conduct a conflicts check. Finding the conflict after the paralegal is hired might harm the client and the court may disqualify the firm from the case.

D is incorrect because the names alone may not be enough information to perform the conflicts check.