A paralegal must also be familiar with rules of professional conduct requiring competence, diligence, proper communication with clients, maintaining confidentiality, and avoiding conflicts of interest. These ethical requirements can emerge frequently in day-to-day operations of the law firm. Please respond to the following prompts:
In researching the law in a case, a paralegal finds a case which supports the other side.
- What are the ethical obligations of the paralegal?
- If the paralegal is unsure about ethical obligations raised by this case, may the paralegal ask a personal friend at another law firm for advice? Why or why not?