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News: Paralegals’ Pay Rises Again in 2012, Says ALM/IPMA Survey (press release)

NEW YORK (May 29, 2012)- Paralegal pay continues to rise for both law firms and law departments, according to the Annual Compensation Survey for Paralegals/Legal Assistants and Managers, 2012 Edition, released today.

News: A legal secretary files a law suit against her former employer for interference

Vanessa A. Mcfadden v. Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP

Mrs. Vanessa McFadden, a legal secretary who worked in the DC Office of Ballard Spahr, from 1989 until she was fired in 2004, filed a law suit against her former employer, claiming the firm interfered with her right to take time off to care for her husband and herself.

News: Dewey Files for Bankruptcy

Dewey & LeBoeuf has filed for bankruptcy in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan on Memorial Day. (Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, Case No. 12-12321, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, Manhattan).

News: Attorney Suspended for Failure to Supervise Paralegal’s Work

A recent disciplinary proceeding initiated by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District of New York offers again a cautionary tale about attorneys who leave essential work to paralegals and fail to supervise the paralegal’s work.

News: More Layoffs Coming for Staff at Big Law Firms

It is not easy being a paralegal these days.

It seems that the trend of law firms reducing their permanent staff positions in favor of inshore and outshore outsourcing is not going to end any time soon.

News: A ray of hope for the law firm industry during the first quarter of 2012

There were some signs of hope for the law firm industry during the first quarter of 2012, as demand grew modestly, reversing the decline seen in the fourth quarter of 2011. But while demand growth is good news, a similar growth rate in headcount meant that there was no change in the industry's productivity numbers.

News: Dewey Abruptly Lays Off 450 Employees

Employees stunned, as Dewey lays off 450 of its staff today. The firm had already shed more than a third of its partnership since the start of the year.

Pummeled by a heavy debt load due to an aggressive expansion strategy, the core of Dewey’s financial problems were brought upon the firm by the multiyear, multimillion-dollar guaranteed-pay packages that were given to its top lawyers and star recruits.