The author, an attorney at Washington, D.C.’s Mullenholz, Brimsek & Belair, is the founder and president of StaffWise Legal Inc., a legal support staffing agency that supplies lawyers, paralegals, law clerks, and legal assistants in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Despite growing demand for temporary lawyers, misconceptions about their abilities continue to prevent firms from getting the maximum benefit from short-term help. Because many firms still are not comfortable with the idea of using temporary legal help, they fail to plan adequately for hiring these workers. The result is disappointment.