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Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

Or, Somewhere a Murdered Moose Hangs on a Wall, Waiting for Payback

One of the many reasons I blog for paralegals is to share information they might find helpful for professional development. Once a week I share links to a half dozen or so articles focusing on legal news, practice tips and technology – plus a good laugh or two.

After taking a break last week to enjoy the Christmas holiday with my family (and to get a raw deal in the holiday gift exchange), here’s this week’s recommended reading:

“Discussion Forum Civility” from The Empowered Paralegal. The national paralegal listservs are great places to network, ask questions and share information, but as with any discussion group, sometimes threads can take an emotionally-charged turn and posters say things via email that they might be less inclined to say in person. Robert Mongue reminds users that your “posts become public record” – another good reason to hold off sending an angry or snarky response for at least 24 hours.

“Survey Current Clients to Improve Client Service” from Lawyerist. If your firm is thinking about surveying its clients, this short post is a great place to start.

“How to Start Freelancing (Without Quitting Your Job)” from Lifehacker. With the rise of freelance and virtual paralegals, I think many of us have wondered if we can become successful independent contractors. This post provides some excellent ideas for building a successful freelance business while you still enjoy the stability of your daytime job. Lifehacker also shares some great ideas for upgrading your office in “Top 10 End-of-Year Office Upgrades (You Can Probably Write Off)”.

“2010 Guide to Technology: Basic RSS” from Social Media Law Student. I can’t emphasize enough the benefits of using an RSS feed for paralegals and paralegal students, so I’m happy to see one of the most popular legal technology blogs around “laying the RSS word on the herd” (again).

“Where Was The Soaked Phone In Rice Trick When I Needed It?” from Futurelawyer. I’m sure that no one reading this post has ever dropped an electronic device in a toilet. Uh, right.

“Julie Kamps Files $50 Million Lawsuit Against Fried Frank for Making Her Life Hell (But Never Making Her Partner)” from Above the Law. Kamps lost her job at Fried Frank in January 2009 and has filed a lawsuit against the firm that makes interesting reading, full of the type of melodramatic, hyperbolic writing that I teach paralegals not to use when drafting complaints for their supervising attorneys’ review.

“Woman Claims She Was Struck by Falling Moose Head” from Lowering the Bar. Is assumption of the risk a viable defense if you actually stand underneath or anywhere near – or heck, even party like it’s 1999 in the same room – with the 150-pound skull of a murdered moose sporting three-feet long antlers? (Talk about caribou karma…)

Did you see a great article or post that you think paralegals should see? Email the link to me at, and I’ll share it next week.

Related Post (including links to national paralegal listservs): Using Social Media: Today It Takes a Village to Succeed in the Paralegal Profession

2 Responses to Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

  1. Just had to say that I'm giggling about the photo of a caribou being used in a post about a moose head…

  2. Hey, Nickie, it was a play on Lowering the Bar's photo caption in its post, "I'm actually a caribou" ๐Ÿ™‚

    I'm actually sort of horrified by all things taxidermy, but view this stuffed head's descent from the wall as a sort of cosmic justice ๐Ÿ˜›

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