The National Association of Legal Search Consultants is committed to the provision of professional and ethical employment services to the legal community. To that end, its members have established this Code of Ethics, subscribed to and endorsed by each as condition of his or her continuing membership.
Relations With Employers
Information provided to employers shall be the most accurate information known to
the search firm. No search firm shall withhold candidate information which the employer
would reasonably consider essential to its hiring decision. Candidates shall be referred
only (i) with the prior authorization of the employer, or (ii) where the search firm,
based on previous direct communications with the employer, reasonably believes the
employer would accept the referral. Confidential information relating to the employer
shall be treated accordingly. Fee obligations and replacement and refund provisions,
if any, shall be provided to the employer prior to the referral of candidates. No
search firm shall recruit any attorney from the office of an employer in which it
has made a placement for a six-
Relations With Candidates
Information provided to candidates shall be the most accurate information known to the search firm. No search firm shall withhold employer information which a candidate would reasonably consider essential to his or her hiring decision, subject to the search firms duties to the employer. Candidates shall be referred to employers only with the candidate's express prior consent. A search firm shall treat as confidential all information supplied to it in confidence by a candidate, subject to the search firm’s duties to the employer. Search firms shall make all referrals which have been authorized by the candidate and shall inform the candidate of the results of those referrals in a timely manner. No search firm shall attempt to exert undue influence on the candidate.
Relations Among Members
Members of this Association shall relate to each other in a professional and ethical
manner consistent with the goals of this Association. While competition among search
firms is encouraged, no member shall seek an unfair advantage against its competitors.
Except for fee-
No member of this Association shall engage in any action which might bring the Association, its members or the legal search profession into disrepute. No search firm shall withhold employer information which a candidate would reasonably consider essential to his or her hiring decision, subject to the search firm's duties to the employer. No member shall discriminate in the provision of its services on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, handicap, age or any other legally proscribed criteria. Complaints under this Code shall be in writing, signed by the initiating party and filed with the President of the Association. Members shall cooperate with the Association's investigation of alleged violations of this Code and shall abide by its decisions. Sanctions for violation of this Code, which include censure, suspension and expulsion from the Association, as well as procedures for hearings and appeals, are provided for in the Association's Bylaws. This Code neither supersedes nor replaces the requirements of local, state, or federal laws.