A GUIDE FOR MAKING PARTNER
The ABA Law Practice Management Section has published the second
edition of the ABA's best seller, Making Partner: A Guide for
Law Firm Associates. The book looks at the many factors that
come into play for aspiring associates and provides detailed advice
on how to create a personal strategic plan for success. The pertinent
factors include everything from entertaining clients to choice
of outside activities and publications read - to how associates
relate to superiors, other associates and staff.
To order, call (800) 285-2221 and request product code 511-0482.
The price for the 96-page paperback is $49.95; it is $10 less
for section members and $24.95 for ABA Law Student Division members.
PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYERS
If you are a public interest lawyer, bookmark this. Trial Lawyers
for Public Justice has just launched a newly redesigned website
at www.tlpj.org, providing
access to key legal briefs and information on TLPJ and its activities.
In addition, the site boasts the only free, searchable online
database of public interest lawyers' associations, law schools
and legal research tools, sorted by dozens of focus areas.
Users can search for and obtain lists of groups in the entire
U.S. (or any particular state or states) in up to 24 substantive
categories, such as children and youth, civil liberties, civil
rights, environmental protection, and whistleblower protection.
Currently it is the only website with contact information for
all 395 legal aid, legal services and poverty law offices in the
nation - along with 180 accredited law schools, their career centers,
public interest centers and law libraries.
PARALEGAL COMPENSATION SURVEY RESULTS
The Legal Assistant Management Association 2002 Annual Compensation
Survey has just been released. Data was collected on salary, overtime,
bonus, total cash compensation, benefits, billable hours and billing
rates - and is reported by position and stratified by type of
organization, size, location, years in the profession and practice
area where applicable.
Nationally, the average 2002 salary for legal assistant managers
was $81,151, while legal assistants/- paralegals earned an average
$44,416, and legal assistant clerks earned $30,345. For all seven
legal assistant positions, both average salary and total cash
compensation in law firms were uniformly highest in the Pacific
region (California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska). Billable
hours averaged 1,130-1,481 per year, with managers billing fewer
hours than those they manage. For additional information visit
or call (888) 782-7297.
IOLTA HEADS TO SUPREME COURT
Last October, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court
of Appeals ruled that the Texas Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts
program (IOLTA) is unconstitutional. The foundation filed a petition
for rehearing en banc in the case of Washington Legal Foundation
v. Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, and that petition
was denied on May 31.
The foundation is now seeking review in the Supreme Court. In
June, the Court in private conference considered taking a similar
case from the 9th Circuit, Washington Legal Foundation v. Legal
Foundation of Washington, for the 2002-03 term.
These are not the only cases involving IOLTA to have been decided
at the appeals level: In 1993, the 1st Circuit rejected a similar
challenge to the Massachussetts program.
Court-watchers are betting that the Court will take these conflicting
cases and settle the matter once and for all in the next term.
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WHO REMEMBERS THE BAR IN 1935?
The Legal Heritage Committee is
looking for reminiscences of the creation of OSB in 1935. Were
you a member back then? (Or a legal worker, or perhaps a family
member of a lawyer at or near that time?) If you have any recollections
to contribute, please contact Katherine O'Neil at email@example.com
or (503) 222-4545. You may also send information to Paul Nickell
at pnickell@ osbar.org.
Your information may be used in the history book, Serving Justice.
And it may be used for a Bulletin article about the book.
As an aside, the committee is now half way to its goal of raising
$30,000 to publish the book. The first chapter can be viewed online
legalheritage.html. Donations are tax-deductible. Checks
payable to the Oregon Law Foundation should be mailed to OLF,
Attention: History Book, 5200 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego,