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Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

I blog for paralegals – and legal assistants, legal secretaries, legal staffers and attorneys who want to get to know us better – to share information they might find helpful for professional development, or a much needed laugh during a hectic week working for 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:

“Quick Self-Audit: What Kind of Employee Are You?” (Law Business Tips) ~ Every now and then we all need to take a good look at ourselves and ask if we’re being the best professionals we can be. Nancy poses some good questions to ask, including “Do you respect and show respect to all employees regardless of their title, job, seniority or lowness in the pecking order?”

“Pay Your Legal Assistant’s Dues, Make Yourself Happy” (The Last Word) ~ If your firm’s not paying annual paralegal or legal staff association dues for at least one active state or local group, here are some good reasons to do so.

“Poster’s remorse common for social-network users” (Digital Media) ~ I can’t say this enough. Assume anything you post on a social network is not private. Think before you post it. If you’re really mad, back away from your computer, and instead of posting an angry status update, go for a long walk or call a close friend.

“Perform Reverse Phone Number Lookups with Google Maps” (Futurelawyer) ~ Call me paranoid, but I like to know who’s calling me. I also like for reverse lookups. What’s your favorite reverse lookup site?

“Best 3 Sites for Free Word Templates” (Business Hacks) ~ I refer people to Microsoft Office Online all the time for sample functional resume templates, a great format for legal staffers to use to showcase their legal, communication and computer skills. I used a Microsoft Office functional resume template when I had to update my own resume for an executive committee appointment.

“Watch Those ‘Jury Duty’ Tweets, People” (Lowering the Bar) ~ Remember the days when we used to wonder what jurors were thinking? Thanks to social media, now we do. I just did a Twitter search for “jury duty” and found most of the recent tweets about it contained expletives I can’t re-print here. But not having jury duty did motivate at last one person to go to church today, so that’s a good thing, right? (User name left out to protect the thankful.)

“The Hundred-Layer Lasagne” (the kitchen) ~ Don’t look at this if you’re hungry and not likely to get awesome lasagne any time soon. When I tweeted this link, one of my social media buddies thought it said “hundred-lawyer” lasagne.
Favorite Practical Paralegalism post from this week last year: “On Missing @lilyhill”
If you’ve got a link to an article that you think Practical Paralegalism readers would enjoy or find helpful, please feel free to send it to me at

One Response to Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

  1. One thing I am doing to add value to my position as a paralegal is making status report documents. They will help show what I do accomplish and where I can improve.

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