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.


Anonymous 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.