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Law Clerk Assessment – Lawyers’ needs vs. Law Clerk Skills

Do your law clerks have the skills to meet the lawyers’ needs?
written by Catherine D’Aversa

With the focus on creating efficiencies and reducing costs, law firms are looking to restructure the process of providing low-cost legal services while remaining profitable.  One way to accomplish this is to drive more work to the law clerk/paralegal level.  In order to ensure the law clerk/paralegal resource has the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the lawyers and their clients an assessment of the current resource is required in each practice area.  It is equally important to analyse work flow, utilization, legal project management, technology, work process improvement and new revenue opportunities.

Financial performance is impacted by the efficient utilization of people, tools and processes.

To learn more, look for my articles in the July issue of “The Lawyers Weekly” athttp://www.lawyersweekly.ca

About Catherine D'Aversa

As President of Legal Resource Consulting Inc. (“LRC”) Catherine D’Aversa is engaged by law firms, government legal departments and corporate in-house law departments to improve paraprofessional skills and services using extensive skills developed over more than 32 years in the legal industry. LRC analyses and assesses paraprofessional services within its clients’ organization and provides recommendations on structure, technology, systems, processes and management to improve services standards, productivity and profitability. LRC acts as Project Manager to implement recommendations to enhance paraprofessional skills and services to better meet lawyer and client needs while increasing revenue. LRC delivers professional development workshops on topics such as Docketing Strategies, Practice Management, Practice Development, Project Management, Strategies for Productivity & Profitability, Working as a Legal Professional and Legal Writing and Reporting. Catherine is a contributing author of several legal books and a regular speaker and commentator at business seminars and conferences.