A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: THE PARALEGAL AND
the Unauthorized Practice of Law
Presentation by J. Nick Badgerow
Avoiding the unauthorized practice of law is THE most important thing we must know as paralegals. It seems pretty black and white. Paralegals cannot represent clients in court and cannot give legal advice.
It is the second part that can sometimes fall into the gray area. What does and does not constitute legal advice? Can you help the public complete legal forms and documents? Can you relay legal advice that comes from an attorney? Can you tell a friend or family member that they need to contact an attorney? Can you prepare and approve company contracts as an in-house paralegal?
Register and find out!
Join us for check-in and networking between 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This meeting and CLE is open to all HPA members, and non-member paralegals, legal assistants, paralegal students, and other legal support staff. Reservations are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday immediately preceding the event.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
J. Nick Badgerow is a trial lawyer with Spencer Fane LLP in Overland Park, Kansas. Nick has practiced in the courts of the State of Kansas for the past 43 years, specializing in employment, construction, and professional responsibility matters. A substantial part of Nick’s practice involves the consultation with and representation of lawyers, law firms, and judges in ethics, professional responsibility, policy, and liability issues. Nick served on the Kansas Judicial Council for 23 years, where he was Chairman of the Council’s Civil Code Committee and Antitrust Law Committee; the Kansas Board of Discipline for Attorneys (16 years); Chairman of the Johnson County (Kansas) Ethics and Grievance Committee (30 years); and the KBA Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee (14 years). Nick was Chairman of the Kansas Ethics 2000 Commission and Chairman of the Kansas Ethics 20/20 Commission; and he served as a member of the Kansas Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism. He is also the Editor and a co-author of the KBA Ethics Handbook.
This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.