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6 CHAPTER 1 and are responsible for implementing effective systems. In short, legal administrators are managers hired to relieve partners or managing committees of management burdens. Experienced legal assistants are sometimes promoted to administrative positions; administration can be a positive career move for legal assistants with good management skills. org]. Legal administrators come in a variety of types and with a range of titles. In smaller firms, they may have a generalist title and a wide range of duties (see Figure 1-2).
Notice in Figure 1-7 that 45 percent of the legal assistants surveyed indicated that they specialized 11 The Legal Team, Law Practices, and Law Firm Governance Duty Daily Weekly Monthly Rarely Total Responses* Draft correspondence Case management Calendar deadlines Automation systems/ computers Draft pleadings Assist with client contact Office matters General, factual research Document analysis/ summary Court filings Investigation Personnel management Client/witness interviews Train employees Legal research Prepare/attend closings Law library maintenance Deposition summaries Prepare/attend depositions Assist/attend mediations Assist at trial 74% 72% 63% 56% 18% 18% 21% 16% 5% 6% 6% 12% 4% 4% 10% 17% 1214 1036 1079 936 46% 44% 44% 40% 36% 30% 25% 21% 37% 32% 11% 17% 14% 17% 19% 13% 15% 21% 7% 13% 994 1096 991 1134 993 33% 26% 22% 14% 13% 12% 8% 4% 2% 2% 1% 1% 33% 31% 13% 26% 0% 25% 9% 7% 10% 16% 6% 2% 13% 23% 13% 24% 25% 31% 18% 16% 28% 32% 27% 19% 21% 21% 53% 36% 50% 33% 65% 74% 60% 50% 67% 79% 950 882 606 871 708 996 509 528 730 672 528 743 (Respondents were asked to skip the item if their work does not require the duty) in civil litigation.
Although legal assistants may perform many tasks, they are strictly prohibited from giving legal advice to clients, from representing clients in court proceedings, from accepting client cases, and from setting a fee in a matter. This is covered in more detail in Chapter 3. A “traditional” legal assistant works under the direct supervision of an attorney and is accountable to that attorney. There are also other “nontraditional” legal assistants, including freelance, contract, and independent legal assistants, also called legal technicians.
Practical Law Office Management , Third Edition (West Legal Studies) by Brent Roper