"A major part of the new staffing models is a redistribution of tasks among paralegals and administrative staff. According to Altman Weil's report, 38 percent of law firm leaders said they expect to shift work from lawyers to paraprofessional staff. Among firms with more than 250 lawyers, that percentage rose to nearly 42.
Alan Lieberman, managing partner of Shipman & Goodwin, said the paralegal's role has not changed much, but clients are more intent on using appropriate levels of expertise. They don't want associates or partners taking on tasks that a paralegal could handle, he said, and paralegals should not be taking on jobs a secretary could do.
"We want paralegals doing billable work," Sandra Olearcek, chief of personnel and diversity at Shipman & Goodwin, said."
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