MPA is a voluntary, non-profit professional association composed of paralegals living or working in the State of Minnesota dedicated to fostering the growth and development of the paralegal profession by:
What is a paralegal?
MPA defines a paralegal as a person qualified through education, training, or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, government agency or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work. It is not the intent of MPA to exclude any member of the legal profession whose job duties fit the definition of paralegal but whose job title is something other than "paralegal". Additionally, the term "substantive" shall mean work requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis, and communication of relevant legal facts and concepts.
Code of Ethics
|Canon 1||A paralegal shall achieve and maintain a high level of competence.|
|Canon 2||A paralegal shall maintain a high level of personal and professional integrity.|
|Canon 3||A paralegal shall maintain high standards of professional conduct in compliance with the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct.|
|Canon 4||A paralegal shall strive to serve the public interests by contributing to the delivery of quality legal services, and the improvement of the legal system.|
|Canon 5||A paralegal shall protect all confidential and attorney-client privileged information.|
|Canon 6||A paralegal's title shall be fully and clearly disclosed.|
|Canon 7||A paralegal shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law.|
|Canon 8||A paralegal shall disclose conflicts of interest.|