Paralegal Regulation

Colorado

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 Rules of Conduct

Confidentiality Conflicts of Interest Competence & Negligence
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Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegals

Check out the website of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association by searching that name.

Continuing duty-even in motion to withdraw

Is it ethical to look at metadata?

Rule 1.6

Lawyer as witness People v. Finley, 141 P.3d 911 (Colo. App., 2006)

Lawyer as witness Fognani v. Young, 115 P.3d 1268 (CO, 2005)

Paralegal causes conflict T.S.L., born C. v. G.L., 976 So.2d 793 (La. 2008)

Obvious conflict but no breach of fiduciary duty

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UPL Attorney/Client Privilege Advertising/Solicitation Client Trust Accounts Fair Fees

Supreme Court's website

Supreme Court's list of injunctions against UPL

UPL statute: C.R.C.P.228 et seq.)

Paralegal illegal advertising is UPL

Attorney practicing law when suspended from practice for failure to keep up Continuing Legal Ed. is UPL-ing. People v. Burleson 3/2015

UPL case against parent advocate

Notary & UPL

Colorado Paralegal Prosecuted in L.A.

Unauthorized Practice of Law Comm. v. Prog, 761 P.2d 1111 (Colo. 1988)

 

People v. Trujillo 2006  Rules of Professional Conduct 7.1 

Paralegal illegal advertising

 

Consumer Protection Act applies to attorney advertising Crowe v. Tull,   126 P.3d 196 ( Col. 2006)

IOLTA=COLTAF

Search "Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation"

Misuse of money in Client Trust Acct

Safekeeping Rule 1.15

People v. Evans: attorney suspended after failure to attend Trust Account School and submit to financial monitoring. 3/2015

 2015 Attorney sanctioned for mishandling client's check that was meant to pay law suit expenses.

People v. Gee 3/2015

Paralegal Fees Intimate Relations with Clients Drug/Alcohol Abuse Pro Bono Special Duties of the Prosecutor
Paralegal fees $75-$85/hr.

Robinson v. Colorado State Lottery (Colo.App. 2006) 155 P.3d 409

Morris v. Belfor USA Group (Colo.App. 12/24/2008) good discussion of paralegal fees

Richlin v. Chertoff 2008 US Supreme Court recovery of paralegal fees

Rule 1.8:210

2014 Public Defender had a sexual relationship with an inmate. No evidence that she was disciplined by the state bar.  Lucy Martin

Inappropriate behavior with client Meier v. People, 116 P.3d 1 (CO, 2005)

People v. Boyer, 934 P.2d 1361, 1367 (Colo. 1997) (holding, despite no evidence of harm to female client from the sexual relationship, "a sexual relationship between lawyer and client during the course of the professional relationship is inherently and insidiously harmful. The relationship can undermine the lawyer's professional integrity and judgment and dishonor the client's trust.").

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Colorado + "lawyer assistance program" to find COLAP

Disbarred lawyer reinstated

Lawyer as "potted plant" Dunphy v. McKee, 134 F.3d 1297 (1998)

Would you like to know where you can offer your pro bono services? Search:

Colorado paralegal pro bono opportunities

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Overly Zealous Conduct Misc. Reporting Misconduct

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Using blank forms and misuse of notary Paralegal used ruse to obtain evidence - law firm disqualified

Client files belong to the client

Colorado has a "Client Protection Fund" to help people who have be harmed by their attorney. You can find it by searching:

Colorado + "Client Protection Fund"

Rule 8.3

People v. Rudman, 948 P.2d 1022 (1997) paralegal does not report misconduct

New Jersey case Attorney's civil liability for failure to report misconduct  Estate of Spencer v. Gavin, 946 A.2d 1051 (N.J.Super.A.D. 2008)

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