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Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

One of the many reasons that I blog for paralegals is to share information relevant to our profession. There are hundreds of new articles posted every week on the Internet, but once a week I will try to break them down into a half dozen or so “don’t miss” articles focusing on legal news, practice tips and technology – and a good laugh or two.

Here’s this week’s recommended reading:

“The Ethics of Social Media” from Oregon Law Practice Management. This is critical reading for any legal professional who utilizes any aspect of social media, from your personal Facebook account to twittering to leaving comments on others’ blogs. Share this post with your co-workers, friends – and your clients.

“7 Ways to Get More Out of LinkedIn” from Mashable. Simply having a bare bones profile with your name, current employer and job title isn’t an effective use of LinkedIn. Not having a LinkedIn profile at all, whether you’re a working paralegal or a student, is something you need to remedy as soon as you finish reading this post!

“Does Cloud Computing Compromise Clients?” from Nicole Black at Practicing Law in the 21st Century – A Law & Technology Blog. If Nicole says cloud computing is the “wave of the future” – then it is. Read as much as you can about it and be ready when the issue inevitably arises during your career.

“Dropbox: A Computer-User’s Best Friend” from Social Media Law Student. If you’re the type who never thinks about backing up your files until your laptop inconsiderately crashes, Dropbox might be an option for quickly and conveniently preserving your files.

“Moving a Paperless Office is a Breeze” from Randall Ryder at Lawyerist. My favorite sentence in this post is, “There should be maybe one box of client files containing original signatures, but that’s it.” One box. That’s it. (Have I mentioned how much I hate paper?)

Twitter can be a little intimidating, especially for newbies, so Neal Wiser at TwiTip helpfully advises “When Not to Tweet”. I’m completely with him on not tweeting while driving or while visiting the loo.

Finally, my guiltiest pleasure is giggling over those associate photo captions posted by Litination, which makes me worry that I might not be a nice person – and very glad that I’m never going to be an associate. I bet if this fellow’s mom saw this post, she’d be mad. (Click on the pic for the full post.)

Some technology and gadgets to check out, thanks to Laurie Mapp at Halo Secretarial Services, Monica Bay at the Common Scold and Tim Clodfelter at the Winston-Salem Journal:

Did you read an article this week that you think paralegals should see? I’d love it if you would share the link with us.

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

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

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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.

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

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