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Friday Share: New Survey finds Admins Rule Law Firms

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More than just the glue that holds law firms together — administrative personnel arguably “rule” law firms.  This according to a new LexisNexis survey conducted this week at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exposition.

Attendees of the conference that visited the LexisNexis booth were invited to remove a button from a jar in order to cast their vote.  A button, or vote, was available for each of the five major roles typically found in law firms including admins, paralegals, back office staff, partners and non-partner attorneys.

ALA polling buttons

The fewer buttons left in the jar at the end of the show, the more votes that category earned. By eyeballing the level of buttons left in the jar – we can absolutely inconclusively and unscientifically estimate that the roles that rule law firms are:

  1. Administrative personnel
  2. Paralegals
  3. Back office staff
  4. Law firm partners
  5. Non-partner attorneys

Given the conference is hosted by the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) the sample might have been stacked, but we thought it would make for a fun post in lieu of our usually Friday Share.  And it’s a healthy reminder to thank admin staff for all their hard work.

Thanks for voting and Happy Friday, legal administrators!

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.