Support staff more vulnerable

April 17, 2009
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More job cuts were announced today from one of the largest law firms in Indiana. Baker & Daniels has cut support staff positions. This is on top of the 22 cuts it made late last year. No attorney layoffs were confirmed by the firm.

We’ve heard conflicting reports of how Indiana’s legal profession is fairing in this economy. Some say there have been layoffs across the board, not just support staff (although we usually can’t confirm this). Others have said Indiana’s doing OK compared to other markets in the U.S.

After today’s recent round of layoffs, I have to wonder what paralegals and support staff at law firms would say about how Indiana’s legal professionals are doing. It seems they are the ones to get the axe more so than attorneys. An increased number of support staff is now getting trimmed for whatever reason. Perhaps these jobs are seen as more expendable than attorneys.

It appears attorneys have better job security than paralegals and support staff right now, at least when it comes to layoffs due to the economy or efficiency reasons. So Indiana’s legal secretaries, paralegals, and support staff: How worried are you about job security now? Do you think you have more reason to worry than attorneys?
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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

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  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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