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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