CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
OF THE CINCINNATI PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION
The Cincinnati Paralegal Association, Inc. ("CPA") is a professional organization comprised of paralegals throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area. Members of the CPA have unique backgrounds, experience, education, and job responsibilities that reflect the diversity of the paralegal profession.
The CPA promotes the growth, development and recognition of the paralegal profession as an integral partner in the delivery of legal services.
The CPA recognizes that the establishment of guidelines and standards for professional conduct are important for the development and expansion of the paralegal profession. In adopting the following Code of Ethics the CPA hereby delineates the principles for professional ethics and conduct to which every paralegal should aspire. The Code of Ethics expresses CPA's commitment to increasing the quality and efficiency of legal services, and recognizes the profession's responsibilities to the public, the legal community, and colleagues. Paralegals perform many different functions, and these functions differ greatly among practice areas. In addition, each jurisdiction has its own unique legal authority and practices governing ethical conduct and professional responsibilities.
It is essential that each paralegal strive for personal and professional excellence and encourage the professional development of all practicing paralegals as well as those entering the profession. Participation in professional associations intended to advance the quality and standards of the legal profession is of particular importance. Paralegals should possess integrity, professional skill and dedication to the improvement of the legal system, and should support the expansion of the paralegal role in the delivery of legal services.
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