For those of you looking for Contract Jobs, here is a partial listing of the names of legal contract employment agencies:
(Note: this list may not be exclusive, and I welcome either comments or e-mails to flesh out this list)
Robert Half Legal
Kelly Law Registry
Like I said there may be others, but those are from the top of my head. Remember, when you contact a staffing agency like these, and are currently working as a contractor for them, there is probably a reason that they placed you as a contractor. You are not likely to be placed by them in anything but a contract position.
In addition, remember, they will only place you at firms with whom they have personal relationships. This means that when you talk to someone at the staffing agency it is fair to ask with which firms they have recently done staffing. This is particularly useful if you have heard about a recent job at a particular law firm or by a particular law firm’s client. (Keep in mind, sometimes the client dictates which staffing agency to use based on a relationship between the agency and the large client. From what the Black Sheep has heard, this is exactly what happened with Vioxx.)
As to current ongoing Document Review projects out there, here are some of the ones that I have heard about:
Dechert (yes, the Philly site is still open!)
Also, make sure to check any firm (plaintiffs) that does Securities Litigation, Antitrust, or Mass Tort. These firms will at times hire contractors to do the document review on the plaintiff’s side, this is especially true if they are lead counsel in a case, and do not have the associates to cover all of their work. They may or may not contact an agency to find contractors.
Staff Attorney positions are rarely available through agencies. As long as you continue to work for agencies you can not ascend to that post. Check firm websites and other job postings.
It is safe to assume that I can tell you that Dechert is winding down its Vioxx review and thus might not hire many if any more people for that purpose. Some of those people that were already let go were told that they would be placed on another project for Dechert.
If you are trying to determine where contractors will be needed check the paper especially the business news for potentially large cases. Find out if
If you all contribute to this page, I will try to keep this information current, but this only works with your help.
The Black Sheep