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Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

One of the many reasons I blog for paralegals and legal professionals by any other name is to share information they may find helpful for professional development (or simply entertaining during a fast-paced week). Once a week (or less when Life happens) I share links to a half dozen or so articles focusing on legal news, practice tips, technology, and career dressing – plus a good laugh or two.

I also share the daily minutia of a paralegal and working mom at Practical Paralegalism’s Facebook page and via my Twitter Feed, @ExpertParalegal

Turns out it was my supervising attorney. I now call him the Chocolate Pusher.
Here’s this week’s links:


Happy High Heel Friday! How to Make the Most of It (The Paralegal Society) ~  Kelly Holdcraft, Director of the Paralegal Studies Program at Georgetown University, explains how we can turn casual Fridays on their heels for career development.

Why I Love My Job (Haley Lobs Law Bomb) ~ Paralegal Haley Odom writes about the positives of her paralegal career.

During a Trial: What’s Important and What’s Not? (The Trial Practice Tips Weblog) ~  Lawyer Evan Schaeffer boils down what you should really be worrying about into four key bullet points.

Running a Successful Law Practice (Oregon Law Practice Management) – Another great slide show from Beverly Michaelis that all legal professionals can benefit from viewing. Of course, hiring talented legal staffers is one way to run a successful law practice.

Dress for Success: The Power Suit (Lawyerist) ~ Every legal professional needs at least one power suit, but if your budget is minimal to none, haunt your local thrift stores until you find one that looks great on you. But think of your suit as an investment in your career, and buy the best one you can afford that looks perfect on you.

Great stores to get an investment piece (Style with Shannon) ~ All I can say is “I agree” and “Keep an eye on the major sales, clearance racks, and outlet stores.” When a legal professional adds to his or her working wardrobe, it’s important to buy classic, long-wearing pieces that reflect your professionalism and confidence.

How to Wear a Turtleneck (What I Wore 2 Day) ~ This is one of the new fashion blogs I discovered from The Citizen Rosebud’s 40+ Blog Roll. Think a plain turtleneck is boring? Check out all the great pictures in this post, and think again!

Toast to Tuesday: Wearing a T-Shirt to Work (TheWorkingWardrobe.com) ~ A couple of super-nice t-shirts are a wardrobe staple for female legal professionals. Lovin’ the inspirational ensemble in this post. I’ll be rethinking some of my own t-shirts and skirts.

How to rediscover your jewelery (fashion me blog) ~ You may have noticed that I usually only wear one key piece of jewelry to work. Hey, I work for lawyers, and the bling needs to be kept to a minimum. But I do have a lot of jewelry that I’ve acquired over years that I’m planning to rediscover.

How to Avoid Losing Your Socks in the Laundry (Lifehacker) ~ Key advice for every day living, and wow, a use for those binder clips you need to upcycle now that your office is paperless 🙂

***Fave new fashion blog***: Fashion for Giantshttp://www.fashionforgiants.blogspot.com/ (Some of you have asked about career-dressing for plus-sized professional women. I think Gracey is beautiful, and I doubt she’s a giant, but she has great fashion and writing styles.)

What Practical Paralegalism was mulling over this time last year:

Must-Have USB Drive & Fashion Accessory for Men
For Everyone Who Has Ever Taught a Paralegal Class 
The Case of the Soggy Ballots

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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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