Florida Supreme Court retention race unusually stressful, costly this election

By JANE MUSGRAVE -- Palm Beach Post Staff Writer In a typical election year, Florida Supreme Court justices put $500 in their campaign accounts and after the votes are counted, they withdraw the money and settle in for another six years. This year, Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince each have about $330,000 in their campaign war chests. They are touring the state, talking to business groups, visiting newspaper editorial boards, making robo-calls to voters and hoping they survive http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/florida-supreme-court-retention-race-unusually-str/nSb9t/ … [Read more...]

LSU law chancellor Jack Weiss chosen for Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims appeals job

The Times-Picayune Staff Kenneth Feinberg, administrator for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, has picked Jack Weiss, chancellor of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge, to select the judges who will hear appeals of larger claims decisions made by the facility. "I canvassed the Gulf region in an attempt to find an individual who would bring unquestioned credibility, integrity and sound judgment to the process of selecting the appeals judges," Feinberg said. "I have found that person in Jack Weiss. He brings decades of experience to this assignment, both as a nationally recognized law professor and administrator. I am confident that I have chosen the right person for the job." Weiss will be responsible for naming members of the legal community -- including retired judges, legal academics and professional mediators and arbitrators -- to hear … [Read more...]

Employment expert: E-discovery among hot hiring areas


MIAMI -- Employment for attorneys is looking strong approaching 2011, particularly in the areas of e-discovery, labor and employment, intellectual property, and litigation, according to a prominent legal employer. Miami-based Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, said that while the economy is still rocky, the legal field is hanging tough with just under 2 percent unemployment nationally. Support staffers in law are seeing 4 percent unemployment across the country. Volkert said research done by his employment firm indicates: -- 33 percent lawyers surveyed planned to hire -- 2 percent planned to cut -- 83 percent of respondents are confident growth What were seeing is an uptick in legal hiring, Volkert said. Were seeing an increase in full-time hiring as well as use of part-time and temporary employees. Volkert said companies are hiring on the … [Read more...]

E-discovery Brings Job Opportunities in Law

Charles Volkert

By DONNA BALANCIA The Florida Law Journal As law firms invest heavily in e-discovery resources, potential employees who have knowledge of the field will have the best chance of getting a job, hiring experts say. Knowledge of e-discovery practice will prove handy in the second half of 2010 and beyond. Attorneys, paralegals and tech-savvy employees who understand e-discovery will have plenty of job opportunities, said Miami-based Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. The way companies handle e-discovery is growing, Volkert said. Law firms are looking for full-time as well as temporary people who understand the rules of e-discovery. They are looking for people who know how to maneuver through the e-discovery landscape. Robert Half Legal is a provider of legal professionals for law firms and corporate legal departments. The company places lawyers, paralegals, … [Read more...]