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Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

I blog for paralegals to share information they might find helpful for professional development – or a much needed laugh during a hectic week working with lawyers. Once a week I share links to a half dozen or so articles focusing on legal news and humor, practice tips and technology.

Here’s this week’s list:

Top 10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life, 2010 Edition (Lifehacker) ~ Using the great tips in this post, you can give your digital life a good spring cleaning, along with your house. One additional way I’ve been de-cluttering my own digital life in recent weeks is by hitting the unsubscribe button from a number of email lists, as well as from some of my daily LinkedIn Group updates.

A Checklist for Cloud Computing Deals (Law.com) ~ Save this article. With cloud computing on the rise, due to the rising availability of economical practice management and business applications which are especially attractive to solo and small law firms, these are issues you may be dealing with yourself in the very near future (if you aren’t already).

LinkedIn is More Than Just Your Profile (Lawyerist) ~ I’m still surprised by the number of legal support staffers who do not have complete and well-developed LinkedIn profiles. LinkedIn is one of the first places many employers look to vet potential employees, and it is a critical site to help virtually build your professional network. You never know when you may need these invaluable contacts, whether it’s to contribute an article or quote for a publication, ask a question about a highly specialized issue, be introduced to another professional – or look for a job. Speaking of looking for jobs, will a one-page paper resume become obsolete someday? See Snag an Interview with a Visual Resume (Business Hacks)

Controlling the Scream I & II (The Empowered Paralegal) ~ The initial post contains excellent advice from Kelly Corbin, a Texas paralegal, for those ultimate stress days when you have the power to decide whether a situation will make you unleash a cleansing primal scream – or not. The follow-up post provides sound advice for how to handle situations that we ultimately do not control, but still may need to document for future reference.

And finally, College Humor has a terribly funny video explaining why I think I need an iPad – and “need one ba-ba-ba-ba-BAD” – because “it revolutionizes IT,” whatever IT is…

Thanks, Mashable, I knew it wasn’t just the unrelenting blitz of the words “Apple” and “iPad” in my RSS feed that has brainwashed me into constantly fantasizing about and avidly following all news about a shiny, sparkly, cool (did I say shiny?), and weirdly desirable it-gadget that, um, I don’t actually need.

Favorite Practical Paralegalism post from this week last year: Paralegal Students “Using LinkedIn: It’s a No Brainer”

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Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

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Meet Lynne:

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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