Alicensed paralegal practitioner may serve as a director, officer or member ofan organization involved in reform of the law or its administrationnotwithstanding that the reform may affect the interests of a client of thelicensed paralegal practitioner. When the licensed paralegal practitioner knowsthat the interests of a client may be materially benefited by a decision inwhich the licensed paralegal practitioner participates, the licensed paralegalpractitioner shall disclose that fact but need not identify the client.
Licensed paralegal practitioners involved in organizations seeking law reformgenerally do not have a client-licensed paralegal practitioner relationshipwith the organization. Otherwise, it might follow that a licensed paralegalpractitioner could not be involved in a bar association law reform program thatmight indirectly affect a client. In determining the nature and scope ofparticipation in such activities, a licensed paralegal practitioner should bemindful of obligations to clients under other rules, particularly Rule 1.7 ofthe Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules of Professional Conduct. A licensedparalegal practitioner is professionally obligated to protect the integrity ofthe program by making an appropriate disclosure within the organization whenthe licensed paralegal practitioner knows a private client might be materiallybenefited.
Effective November 1, 2018