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Legal Hiring Expected to Remain Strong in Second Quarter: Litigation Hottest Growth Area, Robert Half Legal Survey Reveals

MENLO PARK, Calif. - Hiring in the legal field should remain strong in the second quarter of 2011, new research suggests. Twenty-nine percent of lawyers interviewed for the quarterly Robert Half Legal Hiring Index plan to add legal staff in the next three months and none plan reductions in personnel...

Why your lawyer’s not a social media ninja

Let me start with a confession. It took me a while to "get" Twitter . The first time I tried it (which I think was 2008), I just used it to consume information. It wasn't great for a number of reasons - firstly, I didn't put a lot of time in to work out who to follow (and in particular...

The Balanced Law Firm

Living in the corporate world, it's easy to take scorecards, dashboards and metrics for granted. For those that recoil at management speak, they can become a one way ticket to snoozeville. For those who like to get down and dirty with data, browsing a realtime display of information can be the...

Project Management Lessons From the TEPCO Tsunami Mess

The Associated Press now has a copy of the tsunami plan for the TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. It's two pages long and ten years old. (The AP calls it one page, but it's a double-size page.) There's some discussion of whether two pages was enough. From a project management...

Facebook for Lawyers: Don’t overlook the efficiency and power of a network on Facebook

The other day, I added a "new" Friend to my Facebook network, someone I see maybe once a year at a professional gathering. I thought: This is great. Can it get any easier to stay in touch and up to speed on what's going on in her life so that the next time we meet we can immediately...

When it comes to Marketing, Sometimes Less is More

Consultants (as well as lawyers) can be a touch wordy sometimes. Especially when trying to sell their services to prospective clients. Often we think that it's necessary to cover the waterfront in terms of explaining who we are, what we do (or did), and whom we do (or have done) work for. Or...

Only 5 months left to meet your 2011 marketing goals

I received an email this morning from the CMO Council on its "Marketing Outlook for 2011." While the research study made more sense to report in Q1, it's worthwhile to use as a check-up as we edge into August 2011. The Study reports that marketing budgets are on the rise, with...

Robert Half Legal Survey: 1 In 4 Lawyers Plans To Hire In Fourth Quarter

Litigation Expected to See Most Growth, New Robert Half Legal Survey Reveals MENLO PARK, Calif. - One in four (25 percent) lawyers interviewed for the quarterly Robert Half Legal Hiring Index plans to add legal staff in the next three months, while just 1 percent plan reductions in personnel. ...

Immigrant detainees deserve lawyers

"Put simply, an immigrant's access to an attorney can be as important as the facts in his or her case. The only reasonable solution is to provide attorneys to those immigrant detainees who need them. It would cost, of course, but due process comes with a price. And in some cases, assigning...

'Friending' Adverse Witnesses: When Does It Cross The Line Into Unethical Conduct?

You represent the defendant in a personal injury case in which the 20-year-old plaintiff claims that she can no longer enjoy the pleasures of life and is confined to her home. During the course of examining plaintiff’s witness in deposition, the witness mentions communicating with the plaintiff...

Judges give low marks to lawyers in immigration cases

"The performance of many lawyers who represent immigrants facing deportation in New York has long been considered mediocre. But in a new report that seeks to measure the extent of the problem, immigration judges themselves step forward and offer a scathing assessment of much of the lawyering...

Robert Half Legal Survey Shows Lawyers Conducting Fewer Business Lunches

MENLO PARK, Calif. - The "power lunch" could be losing some of its luster within the legal profession, a new Robert Half Legal survey suggests. A majority (56 percent) of lawyers interviewed recently said these lunches are less common than they were three years ago. But breaking bread over...

Robert Half Legal Survey: 4 In 10 Law Firms Lack Leadership Succession Plans

MENLO PARK, Calif. - If a law firm loses its top leaders, who will take their place? It's a question without an answer within many organizations, new research from Robert Half Legal indicates. Nearly four in 10 ( 39 percent ) attorneys polled said their law firm does not have a succession plan in...

Do DREAMers Really Need Lawyers?

"Even though the requirements look simple, you don’t need a law degree to know that looks can be deceiving. So when do you really need a lawyer? And just as importantly, what can (and should) a lawyer do for you? ... Some of the red flags are obvious; some are not." - Laura Lichter, Aug...

Ethics charges for two lawyers over Facebook friending a litigant

It was bound to happen sooner or later... Mary Pat Gallagher of the the NJ Law Journal reports here (subscription required) that two NJ defense lawyers face ethics charges after their paralegal allegedly friended an attorney-represented plaintiff in a personal injury case. It all started innocently...

Immigration Lawyers to Join Big Bird in Unemployment Lines

" Observers of the Twittersphere honed in on one line -- Mitt Romney's non-responsive comment to a question in the second Presidential debate on pay equality ("I brought us whole binders full of, of women"). Another remark, however, prompted intense reactions among immigration lawyers...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (12/3/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: WCRI Executive Director Explains How to Keep Lawyers Out of Workers’ Comp Cases . Aon Report...

Majority of Respondents in Immigration Court Now Have Lawyers

"The majority of immigration court cases in 2013 involved immigrants who had legal representation, a reversal from five years ago, according to new data from the federal government. In 2013, 59 percent of those in immigration proceedings had legal representation—that's a big jump from...

Federal Partnership to Provide Lawyers for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

"The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers AmeriCorps, and the Department of Justice today announced "justice AmeriCorps," a strategic partnership to increase national service opportunities while enhancing the effective and efficient adjudication of immigration...

Two Lawyers Walk Into a Bar...

Stop me if you've heard this one... - Benach Ragland LLP, July 23, 2014

ABA President: More Lawyers Needed for Central American Refugee Children (Q&A)

"James Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association, said this week that the legal issues facing migrant children in Texas from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are huge. Silkenat, a New York corporate attorney, took a small team of lawyers and an interpreter to visit children and a federal...

More Judges, Lawyers Needed for Refugee Moms, Kids

"As unaccompanied immigrant minors flooded into the U.S. this summer, immigration lawyers and judges struggled to keep up. The sheer number of minors arriving brought court scheduling problems, sudden changes in federal policy and more volunteers than legal aid organizations could handle. Often...

Thousands of Kids Ordered Deported - With No Lawyer

David Rogers, Politico, Nov. 18, 2015 - "Newly released government records show the heavy cost imposed on the very youngest of the child migrants from Central America after President Barack Obama chose to accelerate their deportation hearings in the summer of 2014. In the first 13 months, nearly...

DOJ: Giving Toddlers Lawyers in Immigration Court Would 'Destroy the Framework' of System

June Williams, Courthouse News, Mar. 24, 2016 - "A government attorney told a federal judge Thursday that appointing attorneys for all children facing deportation would "destroy the framework of the immigration system." The Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union battled...

Thousands Of Child Migrants Go Unrepresented In Immigration Court

Jude Joffe-Block, Fronteras, June 9, 2016 - "Between July 2014 and April 2016, the U.S. initiated removal proceedings against more than 64,000 children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents, according to data from the Executive Office of Immigration Review. Many of these children...