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National Association of Freelance Legal Professionals: "Pedigree" vs. "Quality" - -stereotypes continue to plague the legal and corporate world
National Association of Freelance Legal Professionals:                "Quality" stereotypes continue to plague



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         National Association of Freelance
          Legal Professionals

         Legal Professionals
         NAFLP a nationwide community of freelance attorneys, paralegals, court reporters, interpreters & other
         NAFLP isis a nationwide community offreelance attorneys, paralegals, court reporters, interpreters Et other freelance
                              NAFLP was created to assist freelancers in optimizing the financial and personal success of their
         legal professionals. NAFLP was created to assist freelancers in optimizing the financial and personal successof their
         businesses, as well as to raise the profile of freelancing as a career choice that can optimize work-life balance. We
         businesses, as well as to raise the profile of freelancing as a career choice that can optimize work-life balance. We
                    to share our experiences and hear what you have to say. Melody Kramer & Amanda Mineer Co-Founders,
         are eager to share our experiences and hear what you have to say. Melody Kramer Et Amanda Mineer Co-Founders,
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        "Pedigree" vs. "Quality" - stereotypes continue to
        "Pedigree" vs. "Quality" - stereotypes continue to
        plague the legal and corporate
        plaguethe legal and corporate world world

        Ashby Jones at the Wall Street Journal Law Blog has reported about one

        example of inroads that an innovative law firm has made into well-known                                                                    Click to get FEEDJIT

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        General Electric, Google, and Xerox. "New Comer Law Firms are Creating                                                                        JOIN THE ASSOCIATION
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        The article features Axiom Global, Inc. and discusses how they charge                                                               sponsor-provided services, and more.
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        corporate clients less by using more virtual practices, usually having their

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        that its lawyers are good. ‘I was skeptical at first,’ says Xerox's Mr. Liu. ‘I

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        had to get over a fear that they weren't going to be as committed to the                                                                       Document hosted at
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        Axiom's solution to this obstacle, however, smacks of the same snobbery                                                                         FINDING FREEDOM
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        the traditional track. 'It's our biggest hurdle right now,' says Mr. Harris [a
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        founder of Axiom], who adds that for every 100 lawyers who apply for

        employment at Axiom, the company hires one."

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        This blog highlights a mindset in the legal market which consistently
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        causes larger corporations to be exorbitant premiums for legal services

        of questionable quality. In particular, the observation that "pedigree"                                                            0

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        and large firm experience are not reliable indicia of quality touches on                                                                       Document hosted at
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        a demonstrable fact that is largely ignored by the legal market...
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        The fact that at most large law firms, in the first several years of
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        practice, the only experience that associates receive is doing work that
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        could be handled by a competent paralegal or secretary. Moreover, in
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        large firms, the billable hour and marketing requirements generally
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        mean that the amount of quality mentorship conducted between senior
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        attorneys and those highly compensated young lawyers who are mostly
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        engaged in doing the work of a clerk typist is minimal.
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        By contrast, in a small firm environment, the working relatinship
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        between partners and associates tends to be very close, with ample
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        opportunity for supervision and mentoring. Further, opportunities for

        all manner of legal tasks come to associates much more quickly. The

        natural consequence is that after six years of practice, an attorney
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        whose lack of pedigree limited her options to small firms is likely to be
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        a much more polished professional with significant amounts of

        meaningful experience in the actual practice of law. By comparison,                                                                  A freelance legal professional is an

        after six years in a megafirm, the associate is likely to be paranoid,                                                                            paralegal, interpreter,
                                                                                                                                                attorney, paralegal, interpreter,

        jittery and harried from the toxic work environment, while having very                                                                   reporter, or other professional
                                                                                                                                           court reporter, or other professional

        little meaningful experience in the actual practice of law.                                                                          that provides services to
                                                                                                                                             that provides services to attorneys

                                                                                                                                                       firms on a non-employee/
                                                                                                                                                or law firms on a non-employee/

        July 3, 2008 9:48 AM 1-1                                                                                                            independent contractor basis. Other
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                                                                                                                                                terms commonly used are contract
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                said...
                                                                                                                                                attorneys, appearance
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        Right on point. While off-shoring has cost jobs, there is a silver lining --
                                                                                                                                                                          etc.
                                                                                                                                                     contract paralegals, etc.
        clients can now see that the word "pedigree" is much more appropriate

        for dog shows and horse races.


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