The Management of Law Firms: Supervisors and Subordinates Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chackei, a paralegal, loves her new firm. At her old job, the supervisors bugged her constantly – they were always looking over her shoulder, making sure everything she did was beyond perfect for the clients. A few months after coming on board, the supervisors at her new firm stopped asking questions and looking over her shoulder. Chackei proved to be a phenomenal paralegal talent. The supervisors realized she knows more about the law than they do, so they just let Chackei do her thing. She’s happy, and the firm is incredibly successful – they’ve never had any complaints, in fact. Are the supervisors nonetheless subject to discipline?
Yes
No
Say a paralegal writes a check to “cash” for $5.00 out of the firm’s client trust
fund and deposits it in her personal savings account. Is there a chance the paralegal’s supervising attorney will be held liable for an ethics violation?
Yes
No
The rules say if your adversary is represented by counsel, the legal professionals representing you may not contact the adversary directly. Your lawyer may only contact opposing counsel on an issue. Nonetheless, without knowing it, Supervisor Steve’s young and inexperienced subordinate paralegal Fresch committed an ethical violation when he contacted the opposition directly. Steve admonished Fresch and apologized to the opposing attorney for the violation. Is Steve subject to discipline?
Yes
No
Attorney Alan asks his always-reliable paralegal to file some highly confidential documents that he placed on the conference table. The paralegal is swamped with phone calls from demanding clients and forgets to file them, even though Alan asked for the filing a second time. At the end of the workday, some prospective clients are brought into the conference room for a meeting with Alan. One of the clients studies the highly confidential documents while waiting for Alan. As soon as Alan saw this, he took the files away from the client. Is Alan subject to discipline for failing to supervise?
Yes
No

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