Positions and Issues - Ethics


One of NFPA’s Core Values is its commitment to our profession’s Code of Ethics. NFPA established the Ethics Board to fully address ethical concerns raised by and about paralegals.  The Ethics Board is composed of both NFPA and non-NFPA members, professionals dedicated to upholding the most stringent ethical standards at NFPA.

NFPA first published its Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility in May 1993 (updated in 2006). This document was comprehensively updated on June 18, 2022 , and retitled the “ Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility ” , and the Guidelines for Enforcement were sunsetted.

Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility (2022)

The Ethics Board provides informal opinions on ethical issues facing paralegals, as well as answering fundamental ethics questions and educating paralegals, legal professionals, and the public about legal ethics through CLEs and articles.

Anyone can request an informal ethics opinion by contacting ethics@paralegals.org. Please see NFPA Guidelines for Rendering Ethics and Disciplinary Opinions for more information about the process.

NFPA Ethics Board
Ethics Chair: Pamela J. Starr, CBA, J.S.M. ethics@paralegals.org
Amy Jo McGuigan
Crystal Powell
Caren Mansfield, CLA
Heather Picket
Mariana Fradman
Samantha Vazquez
Vince Vaellino, J.D., Non-NFPA Member
Dr. Robert N. Diotalevi, Esq., L.L.M., Non-NFPA Member

NFPA Ethics Publications

NFPA  Informal Ethics and Disciplinary Opinions

Non-NFPA Legal Ethics Resources

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