Trends for 2010

December 15, 2009
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The employment outlook for paralegals looks up as legal secretaries have reason to be nervous, according to one legal staffing agency. Paralegals are in higher demand as more duties are assigned to them in the workplace. Robert Half Legal’s 2010 Salary Guide for lawyers and other legal professionals says paralegals who can help generate revenue by performing vital legal tasks while also taking over the duties previously performed by legal secretaries and other administration work are seeing steady demand.

The legal secretaries whose jobs haven’t been downsized are supporting more attorneys than in recent years and may be one of the top positions firms cut.

The guide also says small and midsize firms, as well as boutique firms that specialize in litigation, IP, bankruptcy and foreclosure, and labor and employment are seeing an increase in demand for their services and are the best place for out-of-work attorneys to look.

The guide also breaks down some trends based on region. Indiana is part of the East North Central Region, and we’ve got high demand for foreclosure attorneys, litigation paralegals, and corporate attorneys. The fastest-growing industries in our region are financial services, health care, and manufacturing. I’m not so sure about the manufacturing industry in Indiana, given the number of plant closings reported around the state over the past few years.

You can read more on RHL’s Web site http://www.roberthalflegal.com/UnitedStates. Are the guide’s trends correct or what could it be missing here in Indiana?
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  • Legal secretaries at the bottom of the salary ladder are, of course, hit the hardest by the recession and tech replacements of employees. Do law firms treat there lowest paid employees better than other service businesses?
    namaste

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  1. Being dedicated to a genre keeps it alive until the masses catch up to the "trend." Kent and Bill are keepin' it LIVE!! Thank you gentlemen..you know your JAZZ.

  2. Hemp has very little THC which is needed to kill cancer cells! Growing cannabis plants for THC inside a hemp field will not work...where is the fear? From not really knowing about Cannabis and Hemp or just not listening to the people teaching you through testimonies and packets of info over the last few years! Wake up Hoosier law makers!

  3. If our State Government would sue for their rights to grow HEMP like Kentucky did we would not have these issues. AND for your INFORMATION many medical items are also made from HEMP. FOOD, FUEL,FIBER,TEXTILES and MEDICINE are all uses for this plant. South Bend was built on Hemp. Our states antiquated fear of cannabis is embarrassing on the world stage. We really need to lead the way rather than follow. Some day.. we will have freedom in Indiana. And I for one will continue to educate the good folks of this state to the beauty and wonder of this magnificent plant.

  4. Put aside all the marijuana concerns, we are talking about food and fiber uses here. The federal impediments to hemp cultivation are totally ridiculous. Preposterous. Biggest hemp cultivators are China and Europe. We get most of ours from Canada. Hemp is as versatile as any crop ever including corn and soy. It's good the governor laid the way for this, regrettable the buffoons in DC stand in the way. A statutory relic of the failed "war on drugs"

  5. Cannabis is GOOD for our PEOPLE and GOOD for our STATE... 78% would like to see legal access to the product line for better Hoosier Heath. There is a 25% drop in PAIN KILLER Overdoses in states where CANNABIS is legal.

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