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Creation of an ethics program for a Law Firm

Creation of an ethics program for a Law Firm

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    • Lunsford & Baker, P.A.
      Denise Baker & Roy Lunsford
      MGT/216 Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibly
      Adrienne Reddick
      May 12, 2010
    • Agenda
      Introduction
      Moral & Ethical issues
      Code of Ethics
      Training
      Monitoring
      Enforcement
      Conclusion
    • IntroductionLunsford & Baker, P.A.
      Our goal is to promote ethical, legal, and professional practices. Lunsford & Baker will always treat our employees, customers and community with dignity, honesty, fairness and respect.
      Law firm that represents cases that involve personal injury
      workers compensation
      medical malpractice
      automobile accidents
      employment discrimination claims
      American with Disabilities Act claims
      50 employees
      attorneys
      legal assistants
      legal investigators
      legal auditors
      support staff
    • Moral & Ethical Issues
      Dishonesty
      Breach of confidentiality
      Fraud
      Misrepresentation
      Discrimination
      Improper use of company assets
      Theft
      Dealing with ethical issues:
      Developed a code of ethics
      Leadership and human resources ensure they go though the proper procedures in hiring individuals with high ethical standards
      Leadership provides support to individuals facing an ethical dilemma
      The expectation for leadership is to maintain a culture that upholds ethical behaviors by leading by example and ensure all employees attend our required ethical training
    • Code of Ethics Positives
    • Code of Ethics
      Topics covered
      Equal employment Discrimination Proper Use
      Safety & Health Drugs & alcohol Confidentiality
      Conflicts of Interest Gifts/Entertainment Proper Use
      Obligation to report Consequences How to report
      Commitment to investigate
      Reporting - E-mail, mail, integrity hotline
      Very visible - Employee Portal, Postings, Newsletters
    • Ethics Training
      New Employee Orientation
      First day of employment
      Acknowledgment
      On-site annual refreshers for employees
      Leadership
      Legal education seminar twice a year
      View various scenarios, case studies, etc.
      Must identify, discuss, analyze and resolve ethical issues
      This training may also be given more frequently if the company felt it necessary
    • Positives of Ethical Training
    • Monitoring
      HR Consultant Company
      -Metrics based
      Whistle Blowers(Sidebar Program)
      Employees awarded for founded Ethical Issues
    • Planning and Policy
      Legal firm Atmosphere
      Different language and conduct with lawyers
    • Benefits
      Lawyers-Tuition Paid For
      All other staff-Grants for college education
    • Enforcement
      Managers rigorously trained
      -pay is effected by metrics system
      Staff is trained
      Clear 1-2-3 process for violation of ethics
    • Broken Promises
      3rd Offense
      Lawyers-Letter sent to BAR to disbar license
    • References
      Hoye, Williams 2008. Ethics workshop. Retrieved May 3, 2010 from http://www.acli.com/NR/rdonlyres/3EEA07C8-4861-4E41-9A66-EC8567C40BDB/11707/Sun102107EthicsworkshopHoyeWilliamHANDOUT.pdf
      Code of Ethics Model (2010). A sample Model Developed by USDOT/AGC/ARTBA/AASHTO. Retrieved May 3, 2010 from http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/cqit/ethcmodl.cfm#s01
      LRN, 2010. 2001 Ethics Resource Center. A Guide to Developing Your Organizations’ Code of Ethics. Retrieved May 4, 2010 fromhttp://www.lrn.com/resources/business-code-of-ethics.html