Firms plan to expand staff next year
The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a staffing service specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 200 attorneys among the nationís 1,000 largest law firms and corporations in the U.S. and Canada.
Attorneys were asked, "Do you expect the number of attorneys employed with your firm or corporate legal department to increase, stay the same or decrease in the next 12 months?" Their responses:
Increase: 62 percent.
"Law firms are gearing up for future growth, particularly within high-demand specialties," said Sheron Hindley-Smith, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "Certain practice areas such as intellectual property and healthcare law continue to generate significant project and case work within law offices."
Read more about the survey and related topics at www.roberthalflegal.com.
PLF Board Positions
Victim Legal Clinics Funded
"These clinics are designed to ensure that victims of crime have independent, pro bono, legal representation throughout the criminal justice process," Beloof said. Currently, 33 states have state constitutional amendments, and all states have statutes guaranteeing victims of crime specific rights during the criminal justice process. According to Beloof, these rights are not actively enforced, which can lead to secondary victimization for these crime victims during criminal proceedings.
Funding for the project has been made possible through a grant of nearly $775,000, provided by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
Established in 2000, the National Crime Victim Law Institute is the only national organization working to assert victims' rights in criminal courts. The institute is a nonprofit research and educational organization that assists attorneys who provide direct legal services, files amicus briefs to advocate for victims, conducts research and provides information on issues concerning victims' legal rights. More information about the institute is available online at www.ncvli.org.
Keep Lawyer to Lawyer Program in Mind
The OSBís Lawyer to Lawyer program connects Oregon attorneys working in an unfamiliar practice area with experienced attorneys willing to offer informal advice at no charge. The experienced attorneys, called resource lawyers, offer advice through brief telephone consultation. Resource lawyers are listed according to areas of expertise and geographic location.
Any Oregon attorney may call Lawyer to Lawyer and receive the names and telephone numbers of three resource lawyers. Callersí names are not taken, so confidentiality is assured. To ensure that resource lawyers are not overloaded with calls, the attorney listings in each location are rotated after every referral.
To call the Lawyer to Lawyer service, dial (503) 620-0222 ext. 408, or toll-free in Oregon: (800) 452-8260 ext. 408. Download an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file of the Lawyer to Lawyer form
Oregon State Bar Bulletin JUNE 2004