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News: Tainted coffee leads to embezzlement case against law firm worker

Prosecutors say that a former employee of a Rice Lake, Wisconsin law firm tainted a co-worker’s coffee, and was later found to have embezzled over $10,000.

Announcement: Limited License Legal Technician Board

The Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Board derives its authority from the Washington State Supreme Court under Rule 28 of the Admission to Practice Rules (APR), adopted effective September 1, 2012.

APR 28 authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise clients on specific areas of law, which have yet to be determined.

Blog: Why I Discourage Phone Calls. Should You?

I’ve had a couple of people mention the fact that my phone number isn’t so easy to find on my Clerical Advantage website. It’s true, I only have my number listed in one place on my site, and although it’s kind of a no-brainer place to look for it, some folks expect it to be front and center. I’ll let you in on a little secret, it ain’t gonna happen. Why? Because I tend to discourage phone calls. I know, it may sound crazy, but keep reading and you may decide that you should be discouraging them too.

Blog: Ethical Guidelines for Potential New Client Inquiry

Most law firms have a procedure to follow concerning legal inquiries from a potential new client. Even with a solo to small law firm, the attorney is most likely not going to answer the incoming calls to obtain the general information surrounding a potential new client’s legal inquiry. The legal support staff will typically be responsible for obtaining the basic facts for the attorney.

News: Legal Job Report

According to the recently published preliminary jobs numbers for 2012, hiring in the legal sector contributed a net increase of 7,800 jobs to the overall employment picture. This is just a 0.7 percent increase over the 2011 final numbers.

Overall, the legal industry grew at just half the rate of the broader economy, where the total number of jobs increased by 1.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

News: New Interesting Survey About What Corporate Clients Expect from Their Outside Counsels

A new survey by ALM Legal Intelligence (ALI), seeking to identify disconnects in the collaboration process between law firms and their corporate clients, has just been published in in a whitepaper titled “Meeting Client Expectations? The Hidden Secret for Improved Satisfaction.”

Below, we have compiled some of the most significant results.

News: A Military Paralegal Supports the Implementation of Military Justice in Afghanistan

The concept of a legal office is relatively new to the Afghan military.

In Kandahar, a military paralegal, Sgt. Terry Beasley, who is part of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing legal team, is helping the Afghan air force leadership and the Afghan legal office implement military justice and hold Afghan service members accountable to military standards.

This mentoring program includes working with Afghan Colonel Saaid Ahmad, who is the principal legal advisor to the Afghan commander of the Kandahar Air Wing, and his paralegal.

Video: The Puzzle of Motivation

Career and organizational analyst Dan Pink takes a fascinating look at what motivates us in the work place and in life in general.

Blog: Paralegal Studies Being Taught in a Virtual Classroom

Nearly a year ago I completed a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. Having worked in business accounting for twenty-plus years, I was comfortable with my career; that is, until the housing market crashed. Like many working adults, the unstable economy gave me reason to reposition myself in an ever-changing job market. Yet for most adults with longstanding careers, changing careers or adding new skills meant going to college. For those who have full time jobs, family responsibilities, or both, attending college may seem impossible. However, distant learning has provided many adult learners with an accepted, quality education in a virtual classroom.

Former New Jersey Law Firm Employees Admit to Embezzling More Than $788,000 in Law Firm Funds

Two former employees of a law firm based in Edison, N.J., have admitted to conspiring to defraud their former employer by improperly diverting more than $788,000 from the law firm, to cover personal expenses, including property taxes, credit card bills and child care costs.