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NCJ Number: 62832 Find in a Library
Title: SETTING STANDARDS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANTS
Journal: FLORIDA BAR JOURNAL  Volume:53  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1979)  Pages:8-12
Author(s): M E BUEHRING
Corporate Author: Florida Bar
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Bar
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: STANDARDS FOR ETHICAL CONDUCT AND PERFORMANCE FOR FLORIDA'S LEGAL ASSISTANTS ARE DESCRIBED.
Abstract: THE CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY ADOPTED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ASSISTANTS, INC. DETAILS STANDARDS FOR ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR LEGAL ASSISTANTS. FLORIDA LEGAL ASSISTANTS, INC. SUPPORTS AND ENDORSES THIS CODE AND PRESENTS IT AS A BASIC GUIDELINE FOR ETHICAL STANDARDS OF CONDUCT. THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION'S STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL ASSISTANTS HAS SET GUIDELINES FOR THE DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS EXPECTED OF THE LEGAL ASSISTANT, AND BOTH FLORIDA LEGAL ASSISTANTS AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ASSISTANTS HAVE USED THESE GUIDELINES AS THEIR BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR RECOGNITION OF THE LEGAL ASSISTANT AND AS A PREREQUISITE FOR MEMBERSHIP. NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS HAVE ALSO RECOGNIZED THE VALIDITY OF THESE GUIDELINES AND HAVE USED THEM IN DESIGNING COURSE CONTENT. FLORIDA LEGAL ASSISTANTS HAS ALSO EMBARKED ON A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM DESIGNED TO BENEFIT THE ATTORNEY, THE LEGAL ASSISTANT, AND THE PUBLIC. THE PROGRAM NOT ONLY TESTS THE LEGAL ASSISTANT'S ABILITY TO PERFORM AS REQUIRED, BUT ALSO ENCOURAGES CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MAINTAINING A HIGH LEVEL OF COMPETENCY. ETHICAL STANDARDS AND PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS ARE LISTED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Code of ethics; Florida; Paralegal training; Paralegals; Performance requirements
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