How to Become a Virtual Legal Assistant

Is there a brand new career just waiting for you? What exactly is a Virtual Assistant or VA? Simply put, a VA is someone who works remotely, online whether from their home or office. They are independent contractors or employees who work and use technology to deliver services. They provide administrative, technical, social media and creative services to clients. Virtual assistants specialize in various industries such as marketing, real estate, accounting, law or financial services. Firms often hire virtual assistants to save money. They don't pay for the assistant's equipment (including computers), training, overhead, dues, materials, furniture, office space, taxes... Read more →

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Former paralegal now director of law firm recruiting

Do you have good staff recruiting skills? Ever thought about a job in legal recruiting? This NJ Courier News article might provide inspiration: "Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. has announced that Victoria A. Martignetti has joined the firm as director of recruiting. "A resident of Warren, Martignetti has more than 10 years experience working in large New Jersey law firms, most recently as recruitment coordinator at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP. She has extensive experience directing summer associate programs, conducting interviews and managing lateral hiring processes. Before serving as recruitment coordinator, she was a litigation paralegal for a New... Read more →

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"Some Job Hunters Are What They Post"

But you already know this, right? If not, I recommend reading this article from LawJobs.com very closely (particularly if you're looking for a new job): "Plug a prospective employee's name into Google or any other Internet search engine, and you might be surprised at what you find. Web pages may tell hiring attorneys that the person they just interviewed wrote for an undergraduate newspaper or belonged to a specific sorority, but the Web may also reveal the recent interviewee's drink of choice and dating status. "The advent of social networking Web sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Friendster have added... Read more →

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"Nearly Half of Law Offices Plan Staff Additions in Next 12 Months"

Great news! Particularly for "Litigation, Corporate Governance Experiencing Most Growth": "Law firms and corporate legal departments will be adding to their teams in the year ahead, a new survey [by Robert Half Legal] shows. Forty-seven percent of attorneys polled said they plan to hire personnel in the next 12 months; just 2 percent of respondents anticipate staff reductions. Litigation, corporate governance and intellectual property were identified as the areas of law expected to experience the most growth. [snip] "Lawyers were asked, "Do you expect the number of lawyers employed with your law firm/corporate legal department to increase, stay the same... Read more →

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Hudson Legal Sponsors Monster's New Legal Career Center

I think the message board might become quite helpful, from the Q&As I read, particularly this one. And having law-related career advice collected in one place is very welcome: "Hudson Legal today [4-24-2007] announced its sponsorship of Monster's newly launched Legal Career Center, a section of Monster.com devoted to the career advancement and recruitment efforts of attorneys and other legal professionals. The site offers a range of career advice and articles regarding salary trends, the hiring outlook and interview tips, as well as a community message board, where a Hudson recruiter answers questions from job seekers. Content appeals to a... Read more →

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"Make the right hire: use an employment agency"

Helpful, if somewhat obvious, restatement of advice to law firms from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: "We’ve emphasized before that even the smallest practices benefit from hiring the right administrative help to free up attorney time for practicing law and winning new clients. "However, the hiring process in itself is complex and time consuming. That’s why it makes sense for most small and mid-sized law firms to use employment agencies in filling staff positions. "Lawyers consider themselves great judges of character, but the hiring process requires far more specialized resources to be done effectively. Employment agencies have the knowledge and skills at... Read more →

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"Firm Podcasts to Reel in Recruits"

Podcasts are now used to recruit lawyers, so why not paralegals? Might be helpful in areas like Washington D.C. where corporate paralegals are almost impossible to find: "Law firm recruiting pages can be surprisingly sterile. Few adequately answer the question foremost on a potential associate's mind: 'What will life be like for me?' Some firms have taken steps towards personalizing their recruiting pages by adding associate testimonials and day-in-the-life descriptions. Today, the Boston-based law firm Goulston & Storrs took personalization to the next level, launching a series of recruiting podcasts." Read more →

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"Through the Glass Ceiling: Legal dynamics"

Interesting article about U.S. women who've moved to Israel & opened a new business: "Minna Felig is a successful lawyer turned head-hunter. Kimberly Lindy is a successful organizational consultant turned head-hunter. "Each is American born and educated. Each had a flourishing career in the US and did well for herself in Israel. Their individual success stories are admirable. As a team, they're changing the face of the business of law in Israel. "Their firm, Felig/Lindy Legal and its affiliated company Law/Jobs Int'l, specializes in management strategies and recruitment solutions required by law firms, patent firms and corporate legal departments. Working... Read more →

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Fortner Promoted to Dallas VP for Paralegals Plus

Congrats to this former law firm technology trainer & successful business builder: "Paralegals Plus, Inc., a leading provider of qualified talent to the most prestigious law firms and corporate legal departments in the State of Texas, announced the promotion of Debra Lindsey Fortner to Vice President, Dallas Division. "Ms. Fortner joined Paralegals Plus, Inc. in 2004 and is the major reason the company has achieved market dominance in Dallas. "While with the time-honored law firms of Winstead, Sechrest & Minick and Gardere, Wynne & Sewell, Ms. Fortner gained first hand experience of the internal operations and day-to-day needs of a... Read more →

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Atlanta's 1st Legal Recruiting Company Sold

Big change! "Lee Ann Bellon, who started Atlanta's first legal recruitment service 23 years ago, has a new boss. She has sold her company to Ajilon Professional Services, a subsidiary of staffing giant Adecco. "The sale of Bellon & Associates, for a price Bellon would not disclose, is another milestone in legal recruiting's evolution from a business lawyers once knew little about and trusted even less to a highly competitive industry. "In 1983, Bellon was a high school teacher married to a lawyer when she saw an article on legal recruiters in The American Lawyer magazine (a Daily Report affiliate).... Read more →

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