Legal secretaries, legal assistants and paralegals are seeing increased hiring across the board due to the need for increased litigation support, according to a recent Tech Flash article. This is due in part to the age of electronic discovery.
“Technology is playing a larger and larger role (in litigation) and a lot of firms are trying to beef that up,” Shelly Langley, owner of Seattle staffing firm Langley Recruiting, says in the article. “I’m seeing more paralegals being hired with database and e-discovery experience.”
One of the primary duties of a paralegal/legal assistant is to organize, review and analyze discovery materials, according to the article. Discovery materials used to be housed in boxes but are now stored on hard drives full of digital documents, emails, Tweets and Facebook postings. This plethora of data is far greater and more complex than the paper files of the past.
“If you’re not up to speed on e-discovery … you can’t compete for the kind of litigation cases everyone wants to get,” Erle Cohen, chief operating officer with the Seattle law firm of Garvey Shubert Barer, says in the article. “In our case, our paralegals wear dual hats and have morphed into the technical role.”
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