Positions and Issues - Ethics

Ethics

One of NFPA’s Core Values is its commitment to our profession’s Code of Ethics. NFPA established the Ethics Board to fully address ethical concerns raised by and about paralegals.  The Ethics Board is composed of both NFPA and non-NFPA members, professionals dedicated to upholding the most stringent ethical standards at NFPA.

NFPA first published its Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility in May 1993 (updated in 2006) and, as of September 2021, is under review.

NFPA Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement

The Ethics Board provides informal opinions on ethical issues facing paralegals, as well as answering fundamental ethics questions and educating paralegals, legal professionals, and the public about legal ethics through CLEs and articles.

Anyone can request an informal ethics opinion by contacting ethics@paralegals.org. Please see NFPA Guidelines for Rendering Ethics and Disciplinary Opinions for more information about the process.

NFPA Ethics Board
Ethics Chair: Pamela J. Starr, CBA, J.S.M. ethics@paralegals.org
Amy Jo McGuigan
Crystal Powell
Caren Mansfield, CLA
May Kay Rivera, RP®
Salimah Rosenberry, ACP
Sybil Taylor Aytch, M.Ed., RP®
Mariana Fradman
Laura Temoyan
Ronald Boyd
Samantha Vazquez
Vince Vaellino, J.D., Non-NFPA Member
Dr. Robert N. Diotalevi, Esq., L.L.M., Non-NFPA Member

NFPA Ethics Publications

NFPA  Informal Ethics and Disciplinary Opinions

Non-NFPA Legal Ethics Resources

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