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Happy 4th of July to all of our readers!

Although we have been disrupted by the "derecho"-type storm that hit the Mid-Atlantic region last Friday, we are in great spirits and couldn't be happier thanks to the incredible response that you, colleagues and fellow members of the paralegal profession, have afforded our newsletter and blog over the last 12 months!

News: Mid-Atlantic Still Reeling from Storm Damage

After almost one week after a so-called "derecho"-type storm passed through the Mid-Atlantic Area, severely damaging residential neighborhoods and disrupting businesses, about 1 million households, mainly in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia, are still without power.

Many DC area residents have taken to municipal pools and the museums on the Washington Mall to cool off amid the sweltering heat and find refuge from less severe follow-up storms.

News: Washington State Supreme Court approves new ‘Legal Technicians’ rule

On June 15th, the Washington State Supreme Court approved the proposed Admission to Practice Rule 28 which creates a new legal service provider category named Limited License Legal Technician.

Purpose

The rule is intended to permit trained Limited License Legal Technicians to provide limited legal assistance under carefully regulated circumstances in ways that expand the affordability of quality legal assistance and protect the public interest.

News: Paralegal Alleges She Was Wrongfully Terminated for Refusing to Send a "Fraudulent Invoice"

Michele Burch, who was working as a paralegal for Steidley & Elsom, LLC in Houston, Texas, alleges she was wrongfully terminated by the firm for refusing to send what she qualified as a "fraudulent invoice" to an "unsuspecting purchaser."

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.