Glenn Hendrix: How To Be A Top Lawyer In Your Field

Glenn Hendrix has been described by his peers as “the chairperson you wish to have.” Glenn prides himself on being “determined, efficient and effective.” In addition to being the chairman of Arnall Golden Gregory, his law practice involves representing companies in government investigations and federal False Claims Act cases. He also handles a range of cross-border business disputes and often serves as an arbitrator. What does Hendrix believe attorneys need to be at the top of their field? Read more →

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Ten Top Reasons Midsize Law Firms are Disappearing

Oh, for heaven's sake! First we read for years how the major firms are going to go under, disband or simply disappear and now we're reading out go the midsize firms. What's going to be left? Teeny, tiny little firms or solos? What does this mean for the paralegal? Probably a lot. Already, a new trend is sweeping the country: the combining of the paralegal with the legal secretarial position. That means a new set of skills for paralegals. Does it mean more money? Not necessarily. Is it a downgrade or will the legal secretarial duties no longer be considered... Read more →

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Paralegal Jobs Are Vanishing According to New AP Analysis

Bad, Bad News for Paralegals Paralegal jobs are vanishing according to a recent analysis. In fact, out of the top disappearing jobs, paralegal is in the top 7 positions. For years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that the paralegal position was one of the fastest growing fields. In fact, as recently as 2011, the BLS predicted that from 2010 - 2020, paralegals would have an 18% growth rate (average). No longer. The position is being obliterated by technology according to a recent analysis by the Associated Press. "Year after year," the analysis states, "software that runs computers and an... Read more →

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New LitSupport Survey Shows Managers Get Big Bucks

The Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) has been surveying Litigation Support Professionals to uncover interesting insights and valuable facts to help LSPs make the most of their careers. The survey, sponsored by ZyLab and Career Numbers, is unlike traditional salary and utilization surveys. The survey is left open to regularly update the information and release new and interesting insights. Additionally, OLP/Zylab will continue to provide free access to the updated results to each person who completes the survey. The Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) is a non-profit organization providing continuing legal education and certification exams to the legal community. The... Read more →

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Going On's.....This 'n Thats.....

Tough week? Take a few moments to enjoy our guest blogger, Celia Elwell, RP and senior paralegal, who sends us interesting links and articles. Enjoy! Judge Throws Out RICO Claims Against Johnson & Johnson, by Shannon P. Duffy, The Legal Intelligencer http://www.law.com/jsp/pa/PubArticlePA.jsp?id=1202504306265 Federal Judge Dismisses BP Oil Spill Fraud Lawsuit, by Maureen Cosgrove, JURIST http://bit.ly/odVde4 Jury Awards $900 Thousand In Age Discrimination Case, by Ellen Simon, Employee’s Rights Post Blog http://bit.ly/r7kUkO Third Circuit Okays Collection of DNA from Criminal Suspects, by Nathan Koppel, Wall Street Journal Law Blog http://on.wsj.com/mQC5sq Preparing Americans for Death Lets Hospices Neglect End of Life, by... Read more →

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Paralegal: The Only Legal Job Creating Its Own Positions & Making Lots of Mula

The eDiscovery Paralegal: Salaries are excellent: $60 - over 100K plus overtime. You are not locked in as a pralegal with only a junior or senior level designation for the rest of your career. You can move up. You don't hit a hard salary ceiling becaue you'll never make partner. You actually get off a sticky floor. Why wouldn't you do it? Read more →

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"Biglaw Plods Towards Mastodon's Fate"

Goodness, gracious, this is a remarkable discussion about the future of big law firms! Thanks to lawyer, author, & blogger Robert J. Ambrogi for highlighting it in Legal Blog Watch: "When the general counsel of a major corporation says that the current model of the large law firm is heading towards extinction, ears perk up throughout the legal industry. That is precisely what happened after Sun Microsystems GC Mike Dillon wrote on his blog last week that Biglaw is going The Way of the Mastodon. His thesis is that large law firms exist primarily as aggregators of specialized legal expertise... Read more →

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"Orrick's Staffing Moves Pay Off -- Will Other Firms Follow?"

So, would you want to work in Wheeling, West Virginia? Read all about the separation of staff from lawyers in this article from The Recorder: "When Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe announced it would move scores of support staff to a small industrial town in West Virginia, lawyers inside and out were skeptical of the quality of work and the return on investment. "Five years later, the 980-lawyer firm says it's saved more than $20 million thanks to the Global Operations Center in Wheeling, W.Va. -- all without diminishing its services. "But even with the purported success, most other large law... Read more →

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"Quick naps do the job at this law firm"

Calling all workaholics! Be smart & take some time off for a rejuvenating nap..at work! "The Power Room at one Raleigh law office isn't a place where high-profile deals get done or important meetings occur. "It's for snoozing. "As workers log in longer hours, there is increasing interest in the revitalizing power of naps. One company in New York sells 20- minute sessions in nap pods. A recent study in Greece showed that regular naps can reduce the risk of heart attacks. "Honestly, who hasn't had stressful workdays when an afternoon siesta would have hit the spot? "Put the partners... Read more →

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"National Firms Stake Claim in Phoenix's Robust Economy"

Hmm, ever thought about moving to Arizona? Sounds like firms in Phoenix are heating up! "It may be a dry heat in Phoenix, but it's also a hot legal market for some national law firms moving into the desert city to take advantage of the region's flourishing economy. "Ranked the fifth-largest city in the nation with 1.5 million people at the center of a metropolitan area of 3.8 million, Phoenix has the fastest-growing population of any major U.S. city, with professional and technical jobs creating the biggest surge in its employment sectors. "Law firms new to the area want a... Read more →

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