Manatt's 2007 Summer Associates Include Former Legal Assistant

How many paralegals or legal assistants do you know who have gone on to work for major law firms? Well, here's news about one:

"Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, the national law and consulting firm, announced its 2007 Summer Associate roster today. Twenty-one law students will be located in four of the firms eight offices: Los Angeles, New York City, Palo Alto and Albany. The mission of Manatts Summer Recruiting program is to engage, train and nurture the professional development of outstanding candidates from the nations top law schools and from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Manatt is ranked 19th on the Minority Law Journals Diversity Scorecard for 2007.

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"Erick Flores is a member of the class of 2009 at Georgetown University Law Center. Erick is involved in the Latino Law Society, the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, the International Law Society, and Outlaw; and he is a Pro Bono Pledge Participant. He holds a Masters degree in Sociology and a Bachelors degree with Distinction Honors in Communications from Stanford, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned the Rebele Fellowship. Erick has studied in Madrid, Spain, and is fluent in Spanish. Before law school, Erick held a wide range of positions: legal assistant at a local law firm [emphasis added], publicity intern at Twentieth Century Fox, reporter for the Beverly Hills Courier, and immigration caseworker for the International Institute of San Francisco."


ABA Reapproves Penn College's Legal Assistant Majors

This good news is reported in PC Today about the Pennsylvania College of Technology:

"The American Bar Association has granted reapproval to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s legal assistant majors, one of only 14 programs in Pennsylvania to be recognized in that fashion.

"The college’s School of Business and Computer Technologies recently was notified of the action by the ABA’s House of Delegates, which follows a successful site visit early last fall and a recommendation by the association’s Standing Committee on Paralegals.

“'This notification reaffirms the high quality of the instruction, advising, work-based experiences and job placement provided by our paralegal studies faculty and college for our certificate and associate- and bachelor-degree-seeking students,' said Edward A. Henninger, dean of the school."