Rule 6.4. Law reform activities affecting client interests.

A licensed paralegal practitioner may serve as a director, officer or member of an organization involved in reform of the law or its administration notwithstanding that the reform may affect the interests of a client of the licensed paralegal practitioner. When the licensed paralegal practitioner knows that the interests of a client may be materially benefited by a decision in which the licensed paralegal practitioner participates, the licensed paralegal practitioner shall disclose that fact but need not identify the client.

 

Comment

[1] Licensed paralegal practitioners involved in organizations seeking law reform generally do not have a client-licensed paralegal practitioner relationship with the organization. Otherwise, it might follow that a licensed paralegal practitioner could not be involved in a bar association law reform program that might indirectly affect a client. In determining the nature and scope of participation in such activities, a licensed paralegal practitioner should be mindful of obligations to clients under other rules, particularly Rule 1.7 of the Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules of Professional Conduct. A licensed paralegal practitioner is professionally obligated to protect the integrity of the program by making an appropriate disclosure within the organization when the licensed paralegal practitioner knows a private client might be materially benefited.

 

Effective November 1, 2018