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Intro to Paralegal Studies Week 2 Notes

by: Natalia Corbo

Intro to Paralegal Studies Week 2 Notes Paralegal 101

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Natalia Corbo
CU Denver
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These are the general study notes for Community College of Denver's Intro to Paralegal studies Paralegal course class. These are all the homework and notes for week 2 of the short 10 week summer se...
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a. Five issues that the NFPA has addressed: 1. If a company can title someone as a “paralegal” if the corporation does not have  any in­house supervision or anyone to be accountable for this person’s work.  2. Are contract paralegals in firms obliged to follow the same ethical standards as a  employed or traditional paralegals? 3. What are a paralegal’s duty when their attorney becomes impaired due to a  disability or age? 4. What means of compensation can a paralegal receive after referring business to  their firm? 5.  Ethical implications of communicating about a client and client confidentiality in  cyberspace.  b.  The opinion about a paralegal’s duty if their attorney becomes impaired due to disability or  age is important because this can happen to any paralegal and they might not know exactly  what to do in this situation, since the attorney isn’t doing any purposeful misconduct, and is  performing under their capabilities due to their age or some impairment. The opinion states that  even though it isn’t mandatory, depending on the situation of how impaired the attorney is it  must be reported to some higher authority. I think this is especially important since the paralegal knows what is going on with the attorney and if not acknowledged that the attorney has this  impairment, this could be potentially harmful to clients.  C. NFPA’s advice on if paralegals should be given compensation for referring the firm to a client is deemed as unethical. The opinion states that paralegals should not be given compensation  for referring the firm to a client because it violates the ABA model rule that says a lawyer  shouldn’t give a non­lawyer anything of value for recommending the lawyer. This shows that a  paralegal getting compensation for referring the firm is also unethical. However, the NFPA says  there is nothing wrong with a lawyer giving a paralegal a bonus for working hard on a specific  file.  Project 1 A. First Amendment “First amendment guarantees the freedoms of religion, speech, and the press...”  B. Eighth Amendment “Eighth amendment prohibits excessive bail and fines, as  well as cruel and unusual punishment,”  C. Fifth Amendment “guarantees the rights to indictment by grand jury and to due  process of law and prohibits compulsory self incrimination and double jeopardy,”  D. Sixth Amendment “guarantees the accused in a criminal case the right to a  speedy and public trial by an impartial jury and the right to counsel,”  E. Second Amendment “guarantees the right to keep and bear arms,” 2.  1. Colorado has three levels of trial courts.  On the trial level there are the municipal courts, county court, Probate court, Denver Juvenile court, District court, and water  court. Then, there is an appellate court, and finally a supreme court.  2. A civil lawsuit would be filed in the district courts.  3. A divorce case would be filed under the district court in Colorado as well. Probate cases can filed under the probate court or the district court.  4. There is only one appellate court in colorado and you have the right to appeal to  it. 


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