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An Amended Exhibit A from Blank Rome
Wednesday, December 23 2009 @ 01:53 PM EST

Blank Rome has filed an Amended Exhibit A to their first bill:

12/22/2009 - 996 - Exhibit - Amended Exhibit A Summary Sheets (Professional Background and Project Codes) to First Combined Monthly Fee Application of Blank Rome LLP For the Period of August 25, 2009 Through October 31, 2009 (related document(s) 986 ) Filed by Blank Rome LLP. (Fatell, Bonnie) (Entered: 12/22/2009)

Here's the prior Exhibit A [PDF], and the only differences that I see are that A. Root was originally listed as a paralegal, and now as a Law Clerk. On the second page, they have added some categories of work, for future use, as a template, I guess, because there are no entries for them as of yet. The categories are such things as IP Licensing, Other Litigation, US Patent Prosecution and Related Matters, Hearing Attendance, and Adversary Litigation.

Anyone know what "D&O Issues/E&O Issues" would be? I think from this blog D & O means Directors and Officers, and so E & O would be Employees and Officers, I guess. So is this category the one subtitled in their minds D & R Issues, as in Darl and Ralph? [Update: Two readers say it usually means "Errors and Omissions" in an insurance context, as in insurance bought by by a company on behalf of their board of directors, to cover them for any shareholder claims against them personally.]

There is quite a difference between a paralegal and a law clerk, by the way, so A. Root certainly cares about being accurately listed. Law clerks are generally lawyers, often recent grads, and paralegals are not. Law clerks for judges do the heavy lifting as far as researching issues, and in firms it's the same, especially in firms that don't trust paralegals.

Not all law firms have law clerks. Sometimes people write to me and ask about becoming a paralegal, and the first piece of advice I give is to think about law school instead, if it's a possibility for you. But if you can't do that for whatever reason, then if you like doing legal research, as I do, you want to look for a firm that doesn't have a law clerk, so you get to do some.


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