In his January 8, 2011 guest editorial “Viewpoints: Many jobs gone forever despite onset of recovery” for The Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles attorney Darry Sragow posits that “many of the jobs lost in the Great Recession are never coming back,” including the position of legal secretary:
…Once upon a time, every lawyer in a big law firm had a secretary. Then, as technology advanced and the scope of the job description narrowed to exclude picking up the cleaning and getting coffee for the boss, the standard became one legal secretary for every two attorneys. Today, the standard in large firms is one legal secretary for every four attorneys. And those large, word-processing centers that employed sometimes dozens of typists in the offices of large law firms? They are either gone or centralized off-site where the labor costs are lower.