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Business Law Today

Our mini-theme: Paralegal & Business Law

In a law firm or legal department of any size, paralegals occupy an important role in the delivery of legal services. But because little was known about how business lawyers use these important professionals in their practices, the Section commissioned an ad hoc committee to study the question. As a result of that group's work, we know much more.

Our mini-theme this issue concentrates on this important professional's role in the delivery of legal services in the business context.

Frances Kao looks at several "bumps in the road" en route to trouble-free use of paralegals. Thomas Howell and Eric Orlinsky detail some of the findings of their committee's study, and the implications for efficient and profitable use of paralegals by business lawyers. Finally, Catherine Durgin considers the debate about regulating paralegals.

There is much here that can contribute to improvements in any law practice. We hope you enjoy it.

June Towery

William J. Woodward Jr.

No, a paralegal is not a lawyer
A few things to keep in mind
By Frances P. Kao

What paralegals can do
And the list goes on
By R. Thomas Howell Jr. and Eric G. Orlinsky

Getting legal with paralegals
A look at state regulations
By Catherine R. Durgin

Are you ready for China?
The world economy has a new player
By Paul W. Boltz Jr.

Before you grab that property . . .
States take a close look at eminent domain
By Francesca Jarosz

It's no joke
By Charles E. McCallum

When a business begins a blog
It's easy, but is it safe?
By John E. Ottaviani, John W. Bagby and Kristie D. Prinz

The 'agreement' that sparked a storm
A 'click-through' goes bad
By Elizabeth Bowles and Eran Kahana

Is the future more secure?
A look at pensions, retirement and changes in the law
By Donald J. Myers, Michael B. Richman and Sonia A. Chung

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