The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
It’s easy to get discouraged by the almost daily news reports of BigLaw layoffs, but there are other areas where legal staffers are getting hired, including the SEC Enforcement Division which has been increasing its staff, including paralegals.
BEEFING UP STAFF
Enforcement has recently been adding trial attorneys with the express purpose of presenting a more imposing presence to respondents in its investigations. As Khuzami stated, “It is imperative that we convey to all defendants in SEC actions that we are prepared to go to trial and we will win, as evidenced by our eight trial wins since April…. “The Division has also recently tripled its paralegal and support personnel so as to free investigators to perform more “front-line” work and to relieve them from routine administrative burdens.
What is the SEC Enforcement Division? Don’t feel bad if you don’t know – I had to Google it, too. It’s the section of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that “investigates possible violations of securities laws, recommends Commission action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiates settlements.”