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Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading this Week

Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading this Week

I blog for paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, legal staffers by any other name, paralegal students and educators – and the attorneys who want to get to know us better. I try to share information they may find helpful for professional development, or just a much needed laugh during a hectic week working with lawyers. Once a week (or less often when Life happens), I share links to a half dozen or so articles focusing on legal news and humor, professionalism and career dressing, and practice tips and technology.

I also share links of interest at Practical Paralegalism’s Facebook page and via my Twitter feed, @ExpertParalegal.

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Here’s this week’s links:

Are Virtual Paralegals Misunderstood? (Atlanta Paralegal Services) ~ Misty Sheffield dispels many myths surrounding self-employed paralegals.

It’s Been A While! (Adventures in Paralegalism) ~ New paralegal Maren Joyce discusses how she took ownership of a complex project and demonstrates she’s much more than a “glorified secretary.”

My Mailbox, My Enemy... (The Paralegal Society) ~ It’s funny that Mariana Fradman and I have the same enemy 🙂 Seriously, she shares great tips for getting your email inbox under control.

Your Digital Rights at Work: A FAQ Guide (PCWorld) ~  Longtime readers of this blog know my mantra, “Your work computer isn’t really yours.” Add another one, “Even if it is illegal to fire you, fired is still fired.”

Using iAnnotate to Review Court Decisions on Your iPad (Lawyer Tech Review) ~ Attorney Geri Dreiling walks readers through an excellent app for marking up and saving case law.

Big Girls Do Cry (The Careerist) ~ Is it okay to cry at work now?

What Practical Paralegalism was nattering on about this time last year:

Fear of an Overpriced Paralegal Degree
The Search for Hidden USB Drives Gets More Interesting
Attorney’s Former Secretary Turns Out Not to Be ‘Family’
Open Thread:  One Thing Paralegals Can’t Live Without
When Recycling Is an Epic (and Ethics) Fail
Great Client Expectations

2 Responses to Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading this Week

  1. I always look forward to reading this list, Lynne and try to check out most of the blogs. The post from "The Paralegal Society" concerning managing e-mails was a must read for me. In my head I am mistress of organization; but in reality, it's usually a different story. Her remark, ". . . the sender considers all her emails to be urgent in nature (yes, we know some people like this one, don’t we?)" made me smile. Yes, unfortunately, we all do know someone like this.

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

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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.

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