How Legal Secretarial Roles Are Evolving in Big Law | The Legal Intelligencer

Legal Secretaries are being phased out and now look very differently. Is your job next? This article is a great read - Chere Estrin The older, traditional role of a legal secretary is pretty much gone, said one industry observer. The secretary of the future needs to have really strong IT skills ... and more multitasking than ... Highlights The role of legal secretaries is evolving with the...

The Job Seeker’s Paradigm – You Might Hold the Upper Hand Even in This Market

 From our guest blogger, Tom  Dezell:Be the Answer to the Hiring Managers’ Problemsby Tom DezellToday’s labor market is an employer’s market. Companies can select from arguably the largest candidate   pool in history. Discouraged job seekers often complain that the disparity in numbers contributes to an atmosphere of employer arrogance. Their advantage of supply over...

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

So, what do you do for this big day? Take your kids to work? Does your firm or company participate?  "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day has grown from a modest scope in its pilot year to include businesses large and small, unions, hospitals, manufacturing plants, arts groups, social agencies, schools and government offices. The latter list has included NASA, the CIA, the courts...

“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...

“Male Paralegals: Is There Really a Glass Elevator?”

Very interesting question raised on LawCrossing. Diversity in the workplace is good, right?"It is not uncommon these days to see more men doing traditionally female jobs such as teaching preschool and kindergarten and working as librarians, legal assistants or paralegals, bank tellers, speech pathologists, secretaries, data-entry workers, nurses, or even maids. According to the Bureau of...

“Give Women A Fair Pay Day”

Think your salary is fair & equitable? Responses might just depend on your gender: "We’re coming up on Equal Pay Day again. That’s the day in April every year—this year the 24th—when women’s earnings finally catch up with what men made by December 31 of the previous year. Women’s groups, led by the National Committee on Pay Equity, will rally on Capitol Hill to call attention...

Best Jobs for Part-Time Paralegals?

Inspired by this post to Legal Blog Watch by Robert J. Ambrogi : "If you know you want to work part time as a lawyer, which fields of law or types of jobs are best for you? At the blog Concurring Opinions, William & Mary law professor Nate Oman recounts that a student recently came to him with this question and, 'I am embarrassed to say I don't know the answer.' The student explained...

“Does a Provocative Pose Help or Hurt a Job Search?”

Well, this is an interesting question. Legal blogger Carolyn Elefant pointed it out on Legal Blog Watch. : "Over at Counsel to Counsel, Stephen Sackler wonders whether a law firm will hire the photogenic female law student who posed for this photo that's now permanently cached on the Internet. "...Personally, I've always thought that a job applicant's good looks and sex appeal,...

“Survey: Admin. assistants important”

Okay, that's the good news. The bad? In this article, paralegals are equated with administrative assistants: "Eighty-five percent of U.S. executives believe their administrative assistants are important to their success, a nationwide staffing-service survey says. "Of 150 senior executives at the nation's 1,000 largest companies surveyed, 48 percent said their administrative assistant's...

“Corporate Groups Enjoy the Boom but Plan for the Bust”

Corporate lawyer hiring directly affects corporate paralegal hiring. Tighten your seat belts; it's going to be a bumpy ride! "It has been a bull market for corporate lawyers, with multimillion- and billion-dollar M&A deals galore. But the recent stock market plunge sent a little chill down the backs of some, a reminder that the high times won't last forever. A day after trouble in the...