Paralegals

318 ABA Journal Paralegals articles.

Former BigLaw paralegal claims she was fired for reporting comment about too-tight pants
A paralegal has filed a retaliation lawsuit against McGuireWoods that claims that she was fired for reporting an office administrator’s complaint about the pants that she was wearing.
At least 19 more law firms cut pay and furlough employees; will partners ultimately benefit?
More and more law firms are cutting salaries, reducing partner compensation, and furloughing or laying off employees because of the novel coronavirus. Since the ABA Journal’s story last Thursday on the trend, at least 19 additional large and midsized law firms have taken temporary measures to reduce costs because of financial uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Afternoon Briefs: California bar seeks proposals on nonlawyer practitioners; online ‘sneak-in’ contracts abound

California bar working group to consider licensing nonlawyer practitioners

The State Bar of California is forming a working group to make recommendations on the licensing of nonlawyers to perform some…

Suit accuses BigLaw lawyer of trying to rape an admin assistant and sending her explicit photos
Fox Rothschild has fired one of its lawyers after a lawsuit accused him of trying to sexually assault a legal administrative assistant and sending her a barrage of sexually explicit texts, some of which included pictures of his penis.
Afternoon Briefs: Ex-law dean Norman Lefstein dies; inmate who got life for stealing $50 is released

Former law dean Norman Lefstein dies at age 82

Norman Lefstein, a former dean of Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law, died Thursday at age 82. Lefstein has been described…

Former paralegal at US attorney’s office accused of using prosecutor info to expose informants

A paralegal in the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has been indicted for allegedly using government information to identify informants and help her gang member son.

Tawanna Hilliard of…

Lawyer disbarred for claiming paralegal’s work as his own; he regrets only ‘one license to lose’ for clients

The Tennessee Supreme Court has disbarred a Knoxville lawyer for alleged false and exaggerated time entries when he submitted a request for more than $103,000 in legal fees for the…

Facing shortage of lawyers in some areas, this state is considering licensing legal technicians

The New Mexico Supreme Court has appointed a work group to consider whether the state should allow licensed legal technicians to provide civil legal services.

The court has asked the…

Bullying and sexual harassment ‘are rife in the legal profession,’ global survey finds

One in three female lawyers have been sexually harassed in a work context, while one in two women have experienced bullying in the workplace, according to a recently released global…

Fired BigLaw paralegal must pay $35K sanction in dropped suit against law firm, 7th Circuit says

On Friday, a federal appeals court upheld a sanction requiring a paralegal who filed a $200 million bias suit against Baker McKenzie to pay the law firm’s attorney fees.

The…

With November losses, legal services industry has 100 fewer jobs than a year ago

The legal services sector lost 2,400 jobs in November, eliminating job gains for the year.

The legal services sector had 1,135,700 jobs in November, down from 1,138,100 jobs in…

Can licensed legal paraprofessionals narrow the access-to-justice gap?
Proposals for addressing the commonplace civil legal needs of low- and moderate-income persons by authorizing limited practice by licensed nonlawyer paraprofessionals have been gaining acceptance. Unlike paralegals, such paraprofessionals provide services without supervision by an attorney. Two state supreme courts have embraced the licensed legal technician concept, and other jurisdictions are closely studying it.
First paralegal practitioners in Utah are expected to be licensed in 2019

The first paralegal practitioners in Utah are expected to be licensed in 2019, making the state the second to license nonlawyers to practice law.

New rules regulating paralegal practitioners…

Remainder of product liability group from Quinn Emanuel follows Sheila Birnbaum to Dechert

Dechert has added the remainder of the products liability group from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan after acquiring its two co-chairs and another partner in May.

The entire group consists…

$11M a year for a lateral hire? Star partners are valued ‘like Hollywood celebrities’

At Cravath, Swaine & Moore, partners earn a hefty $4 million a year, on average.

But that pales in comparison to reported compensation for some former Cravath partners hired away…

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