When I was 15 years old, my grandmother took me to a Honda motorcycle dealership one day and bought me a moped. I believe it was called an Aero 50. That was one of the greatest days of my life at the time because, for at least the previous few years, I had been lobbying my parents for a moped and they had never gotten me one. Then, one Friday, my grandmother came over and I tried the same lobbying approach on her, and by Saturday afternoon, I was riding a new moped. When I got the moped, I could not believe it. I reckoned I would likely keep and enjoy it forever. “You like this now, but in a year or two you are going to want a car,” she told me.
I remember looking at her as if she were crazy.
“No I won’t!” I told her. “How could someone ever want anything more than this great moped?”
I was completely serious. At the time I could not imagine ever wanting a car. However, as I am sure you probably have guessed, I did decide I...
Summary: DLA Piper contributed over 200,000 hours of pro bono service worldwide throughout 2013. DLA Piper, one of the largest law firms in the world, was named the “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal. Throughout the year 2013, DLA Piper contributed an incredible 207,000 hours of pro bono work for […]
Summary: Many law firms around the country have begun Ebola-focused practices, offering seminars and tool kits that detail their services. According to the American Lawyer, firms around the country have begun creating “Ebola practices.” Arent Fox, Ogletree Deakins, Jackson Lewis, and Smoak & Stewart have all begun building their Ebola practices within their firms. Tool […]
As legal recruiters, it is our job to keep up with, and ideally stay ahead of, the trends in the legal market as they relate to demand for hiring in various regions and practice areas. One trend we had noticed on an anecdotal basis over the past couple months has been a significant downturn in […]
A question that sometimes comes up with my attorney candidates is “what is the best way to get great references that will impress prospective law firms, as well as to avoid bad ones that will torpedo you candidacy?” This is understandable, given that many attorneys lack experience in seeking references, much less in actually writing […]
In the legal profession, we might feel lucky to be where we are at. After all, so many would-be-lawyers are working as paralegals, if not pizza-men. Getting your JD might give you a shiver of trepidation nowadays: there is no promise you will make it in this profession. So you, as an established lawyer, may […]
We asked attorneys and paralegals throughout the country what questions a paralegal should ask before being hired at a law firm. They provided straightforward and useful advice that a potential paralegal should ask their employers. We hope you enjoy their responses.
Probably the most important question a paralegal, and frankly any potential employee at a law firm, should ask is 'why did the [the lawyer who the paralegal will be working for] get into law/this type of law.' Typically the best people to work for are the ones who enjoy their jobs and don't just do them for the money. Grumpy people are not good bosses. Paralegals often have a rough time because they are expected to work long hours..
Christi Condon serves as a contract paralegal and she is the sole proprietor of her own business in Fort Myers, Florida. She specializes in consumer law, which includes bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, FCRA and FDCPA claims, debt negotiation and settlement, short sales, and state court consumer credit cases. Ms. Condon also has experience with trusts & estates law, environmental law, matrimonial and family law, real estate and a few other areas. Additionally, she has some experience with contracts and corporate law. Ms. Condon has been a paralegal for seventeen years.
DLA Piper Sued by Facebook for Fake 'Owner' Claims Summary: In response to Paul Ceglia's claims that he owns 50 percent of Facebook, the social network has filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court that names DLA Piper, attorney Robert Brownlie and multiple other defendants for representing Ceglia in that lawsuit from 2010.
How to Overcome Barriers in Adopting IT in Law Firms Summary: A recent report by Blue Hill Research suggest that mutual ignorance and distrust between lawyers and IT people serve as the root cause for law firms failing to get the right IT partners. The result is that, even during an era of recovery and rapid technological growth, from 2010-2014, US law firms, taken collectively, have not changed either IT spending or IT strategy to any significant extent.
The Early Bird: Reed Smith Launches Global Ebola Task Force Summary: With changes in dynamics of client-service provider relationships and associated perceptions, law firms are stepping out of their traditional peripheries to make an impact. In a latest instance of such a step, on Tuesday, Reed Smith LLP announced the launch of a cross-practice Global Ebola Task Force to address client issues emerging from the spread of the disease in West Africa and around the world.