Paralegal in Fiji Fights Corruption

Because the field is so relatively new compared to the practice of law in America - 35 yrs. vs. 225+ years - we rarely look around to see what's going on with paralegal in other countries. Yep. They're out there. Take this fellow Albert Lau, a corruption fighter in Fiji. Here is a guy making a difference in society. Born and bred in Hong Kong, Albert is a retired chief investigator with the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Hong Kong where he worked for 31 years to control corruption and build a better nation. He wanted to become a lot... Read more →

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Paralegals miss out on 15% Christmas bonus

Not expecting much holiday cheer at this firm's year-end parties! "Paralegals and professional support lawyers at Slaughter and May will receive a bonus this year of just 3%, despite the rest of the lawyers at the firm pocketing a 15% boost under the firm’s recently introduced scheme. "Slaughters’ new system will see a flat-rate bonus of 15% of salary paid to all fee-earners; however, paralegals and professional support lawyers are not included in this category. The magic circle firm confirmed they will receive just a fifth of this amount, taking home just 3%." Click here to explore what this London... Read more →

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Editorial: 'Lawyers will regulate paralegals'

Another strong opinion about regulating Canadian paralegals: "Ontario has passed a law that will regulate paralegals. This is good news. Until now, what has it taken to be a paralegal? Call yourself one. That's it. No training required. No liability insurance. No minimum standards. No discipline for bad ones. "I've seen some good paralegals. I've seen some bloody awful ones too. Of course, the skeptics will say the same about lawyers. At least lawyers have certain minimum training, have passed competency exams, pay liability insurance in case they screw up, and they can get booted out of the profession if... Read more →

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Ontario regulates paralegals, 'puts lawyers in charge'

This news is not a surprise, but it does sound like the battle continues: "Ontario became the first province in Canada to regulate paralegals Thursday, but many in the profession worry they could be forced out of business because they will be regulated by lawyers - the very people they compete against for most of their work. "The Liberal government had to use its majority to out-vote the Conservatives and New Democrats, who stood in opposition to the Access to Justice Act - a new law that puts the Law Society of Upper Canada in charge of regulating paralegals [PDF... Read more →

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Paralegal regulation in Canada 'on cusp of becoming law'

Regulation up north has definitely been a hard-fought battle: "Last month, the Ontario Bar Association managed to lobby successfully for further clarity of the portion of bill 14 that amends the Law Society Act, after it made submissions to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. "As a result, the legislation now refers to paralegals as 'paralegal members' rather than 'persons licensed to provide legal services.'' [snip] "After bill 14 passes, the Law Society of Upper Canada [PDF link] will be responsible for drafting the bylaws to create the rules and guidelines that will govern the paralegal profession, based on its... Read more →

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Interested in Paralegal Job in Brussels?

If so, here's where the details: "Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is an international law firm with offices in New York, Washington, Paris, Brussels, London, Frankfurt, Cologne, Rome, Milan, Moscow, Hong Kong and Beijing. Worldwide, the firm has more than 800 lawyers and 1,300 employees. "A position with Cleary Gottlieb provides a challenging and rewarding career for resourceful individuals. We offer a competitive compensation package and regular working hours. "The Brussels office currently has an opening for a Legal Assistant/Paralegal who seeks a challenging job that offers variety, international exposure and the opportunity to use his/her legal skills." Read... Read more →

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"Legal process outsourcing: 79,000 jobs on offer!"

Number of outsourced legal jobs expected to grow: "Except for fighting court cases in New York or London for law firms there, Indian lawyers are doing everything else for their western counterparts - litigation support, contract review, patent writing and paralegal services. "Legal process outsourcing as it is being called, has very high growth potential, and according to latest estimates, it can fetch 79,000 jobs in India by 2015. "According to Nasscom [National Association of Software & Service Companies], estimates of current addressable market potential for legal services that can be outsourced from the US alone are pegged at $3-4... Read more →

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"Demographic Shifts Transform Law Office Management"

Excellent article describing trends in the legal profession: "Demographic shifts, globalization and increased corporate governance are three key factors changing the way law offices operate, according to a just-released white paper from Robert Half Legal, a legal staffing service specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. The paper is titled The Changing Face of the Legal Industry and is part of the company's continuing Future Law Office project. The research also highlights how legal employers are responding to the needs and priorities of an increasingly diverse, multigenerational workforce in order to recruit and retain top talent, and... Read more →

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Paralegals in Australasia

Yes, Australasia, namely Australia, New Zealand, & neighbouring islands: "An increasing number of UK, US and international law firms are swarming around Australia's and New Zealand's shores in search of highly skilled, hard-working partners, associates, paralegals and trainees." Read more →

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1-800-Translate now supports foreign discovery translation

Well, this sounds like good news for lots of firms: "'With the internationalization of the practice of law and the growing importance of e-discovery, our clients in law firms and corporate legal departments face escalating demands for translation of foreign language data,' said Ken Clark, chief operations officer at 1-800-Translate. 'We've answered this challenge by developing a proprietary system that combines E-Discovery best practices with the best machine translation solutions available. Highly accurate machine translation enables attorneys to quickly access multilingual evidence at a fraction of the cost and time of the traditional foreign- language indexing, coding, and translation practices.'" Read more →

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