Peirce College Hosts Expert Panel on Legal Technology and the Paralegal

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Peirce College Hosts Expert Panel on Legal Technology and the Paralegal

For Immediate Release

Philadelphia, March 27, 2008 - Peirce College will host a panel discussion on legal technology and the paralegal on Wednesday, April 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

"New legal technologies continue to change the role of the paralegal at a rapid pace," said Edwin Miller, Faculty Chair for Legal Studies at Peirce College. "This event will provide insight into the technology skills that paralegals need to be marketable in today's economy."

Paralegals provide valuable support to busy attorneys, performing duties that assist in the resolution of routine legal issues, researching and analyzing statutes, and preparing pleadings, appeals, contracts, wills and various other documents.

According to Frank Welsh, who runs a legal staffing company and will be speaking at the event, firms are increasingly demanding that paralegals have strong technology competencies in addition to an understanding of legal practice.

"Understanding legal technology products and software, being able to effectively navigate the Internet for everything from fact investigation, research or even court filing, and having an understanding of emerging practice issues like e-discovery are essential to entry into the paralegal job market today," Welsh said.

Welsh added that a strong technology competency is also essential for legal staff that are currently in the workforce.

"I work with many legal professionals who want to leverage the strength of their experience into the next career opportunity," Welsh said. "I usually suggest that they continue to develop their skills and, at a minimum, keep current with the latest relevant technology to be more successful."

Peirce College offers the only ABA approved paralegal studies bachelor's degree program in the Philadelphia region. A post-bachelor certificate program is also available for students who already possess their bachelor's degree.

According to Miller, legal technology is woven into every aspect of Peirce's paralegal studies program.

"We make sure that students know how to use legal software, as well as understand technology related practice issues such as e-discovery," Miller said.

Speakers for the event include: Christa N. Iannone, Director, Practice Support of Cozen O'Connor; Linda G. Mitchell, Litigation Paralegal Manager of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, LLP; and Frank Welsh, Jr., Legal Staffing of Frankly Legal.

In addition, representatives from technology companies including inData Corporation, CT Summation, Needles Case Management Software and D'Amore Consulting, LLC will be on hand to demonstrate their technology solutions.

People wishing to attend the event can contact The Walker Center for Academic Excellence at Peirce College at 215-670-9251 or wcae@peirce.edu.

Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). For more information about Peirce College, call 1.888.467.3472 or visit www.peirce.edu.

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