Course: Ethics courses taught in Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies, and Legal Assistant programs. Ethics for the Legal Professional sets the standard for professional responsibility textbooks. Now in its sixth edition, the text has been reorganized to reflect the changes in the paralegal profession. It begins with concrete concepts that have been given some clear direction in the courts and state legislatures (UPL confidentiality and conflicts) before moving on to the more technical, rule-driven concepts (advertising, billing and fees), and then to the most abstract rules (competence, zealous representation and integrity). Written from the viewpoint of the paralegal, this book uses plain English and an upbeat tone to keep readers engaged. It then reinforces each chapter's learning objectives with improved end-of-chapter materials such as multiple choice, fill in the blank and true/false questions. Unique to the 6th Edition, is end of chapter materials for classroom collaborative learning activities, hypotheticals for classroom discussion, and cases for consideration, each with their own set of questions.
Still the most popular book in its genre, the 6th Edition continues to tackle the most important ethical issues facing paralegals today in a frank, conversational style. New to this edition are 24 scenario-based videos that deal with the most common ethical situations paralegals will encounter on the job.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Regulation of the Legal Profession/Lawyer Regulation Chapter 2. Unauthorized Practice of Law Chapter 3. Confidentiality Chapter 4. Conflicts of Interest--the Duty of Loyalty Chapter 5. Advertising and Solicitation Chapter 6. Fair Fees and Client Trust Accounts Chapter 7. Competence and Negligence Chapter 8. The Duty of Zealous Representation Chapter 9. The Umbrella Duty of Integrity
Deborah Orlik, Esq. has been teaching ethics to legal assistants since 1984. Her book, Ethics for the Legal Assistant, first published in 1986, was the first book dedicated to the subject of professional responsibility for non-lawyers. She has lectured nation-wide on the subject of professional responsibility to lawyers, paralegals, and other professionals.