What Did We Learn from the 2018 CLOC Conference?

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Held at the beautiful Bellagio in Las Vegas, NV, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium’s annual Institute is a massive gathering of legal professionals from across the world. Specifically, the event focuses on optimizing the delivery of legal services to corporations and businesses. Over the years the CLOC has become a large, inclusive, and open community…

2018 Salary Trends for the Legal Industry in Washington DC

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2018 is expected to be a stood and stable year for legal professionals and their salaries. So what can you expect in Washington DC? There will especially be a need for lawyers with backgrounds in high growth industries, such as data privacy or housing. Professionals with at least 3 years of experience will be in…

What Are the Skills and Responsibilities of a Patent Docket Specialist?

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Patents are a significant aspect of the U.S. legal system, and the lawyers who specialize in patent law require trained assistants to help them with the day-to-day process. This is where the role of a Patent Docket Specialist comes in. Patent docketing is a method for tracking and managing applications for patents. There are exceptional…

Pro Bono Work Helps a Paralegal’s Career

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Can pro bono work help your paralegal staff and their career development? Not only can it improve their experience, but it can be an important part of your community outreach program. The National Federation of Paralegal Associations actually includes a requirement that each of their paralegal members contribute at least 24 hours of pro bono…

Project Management Software Increases Billable Hours

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Law firms, like many other client services industries, rely on billable hours to ensure they are being paid for the work they’ve done. But everyone understands that the billable hours aren’t always a reflection of the actual hours worked by all of your employees across the board. So how can you make sure your billable…

Can You Help Your Legal Career by Sitting Near the Office Superstar?

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It’s true, success can be contagious. So if you want to advance your legal career, you may want to spend more time with the current office superstar. A recent study in the tech industry showed that when a poor performing employee was sitting near a high achiever, the poor performing employee did a much better…

A Guide to Becoming a Legal Secretary

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What is your current career path? Are you considering a role as a legal secretary but don’t know where to start? Especially in the Washington DC area, these jobs are in high demand and many firms are looking for qualified legal secretaries who will fit in with their current team and office environment. If you’ve…