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News: Latest U.S. News Law School Rankings Show Major Shake-Up

The 2014 U.S. News law school rankings have just been published. For the first time time employment statistics were taken into account to compile the rankings. Graduate placement rates now account for 20 percent of a school’s overall score and a greater weight is allocated to permanent full-time jobs that require bar passage or for which a J.D. is a recruitment advantage.

News: Patton Boggs Lays Off 65 Employees, Including Paralegals

During the past few days, Washington, D.C.-based law firm Patton Boggs has laid off 30 associates and staff lawyers. as well as 8 paralegals, and other support staff.

News: Analysis Recommends Increased Use of Non-Lawyer Professionals

An analysis conducted by the CEB, a member-based advisory company, based on a recent survey of 180 in-house departments with the objective of examining different practices among comparable units but with very different expense levels, concluded that, to increase efficiency, legal departments should:

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.

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.

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.

News: Survey of Chief Legal Officers Shows Greater Emphasis on Paralegals

Over 200 general counsels participated in the Altman Weil 2012 Chief Legal Officer (CLO) Survey which has just been published. According to this report, general counsels are busy re-negotiating outside counsel fees, shifting work to lower-priced law firms, increasing in-house capacity, opting for alternative service providers and using new technology — all to develop a more cost-effective legal services model.

Below, we have compiled some of the most interesting results that directly affect paralegals.