The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct were adopted in 1983. Before the adoption of the Model Rules, attorney conducted was regulated by the Model Code of Professional Responsibility. Currently, paralegals are regulated by the attorneys for whom they work, except in the case of UPL, which is regulated by state statute. A paralegal cannot be disciplined by the state bar association because paralegals are not members of the state bar. There is case law that says lawyers and the nonlawyers who work for them are bound by the same rules. Click on the arrow on the slide for a link to the ABA Rules.
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