Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week
I blog for paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, and all the other legal staffers essential to the practice of law – as well as the attorneys who want to get to know us better. Once a week, I share links to a half dozen or so articles focusing on legal news and humor, practice tips and technology.
Also, once in a while I share a picture of something totally random but completely awesome (courtesy of my Google Reader Recommended Items feed – which seems to know I love to eat sweets but also thinks I want a porcupine), like these adorable hedgehog cupcakes made by Cupcake Envy in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Here’s this week’s list:
(Patti’s Paralegal Page
) – Use this database to locate active military personnel. Check out North Carolina paralegal Patricia Clapper’s
blog for more useful Internet resources.
I KNOW Better
) – Pennsylvania paralegal Kim Walker
shares what she’s learned since her laptop was stolen. Today is a good time to evaluate your own data back-up and security plan – but yesterday is better.
The Web Means the End of Forgetting
(The New York Times
) – Best quote from this article? “The Internet records everything.” Think about the permanency of the information
you post online – before
you post it. This lesson was reinforced for me in an amusing way with my Twitter stream
. I never thought [much] about who was reading my stream besides a few interested followers (friends) until I discovered one of my tweets was quoted in a Canadian reporter’s article, “Few delete accounts on Quit Facebook Day”
. There I am a few sentences away from Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerburg, reaching way more people than I imagined. (You, too, can not
quit Facebook, while quietly percolatin’ big thoughts and drinking coffee from your Practical Paralegalism
And finally, the Grammar Police, a/k/a Apostrophe Catastrophes
, bust Kentucky’s “American’s with Disabilities Act”
. As an employee of a law firm that specializes in workers’ rights, including ADA violations, this one is particularly painful.
Website of the Week
If you haven’t added Tom Mighell’s
outstanding weblog to your RSS feed and subscribed to his free weekly newsletter, The Mighell Marker
, you are missing a ton of incredibly helpful information about legal research and technology resources. Tom was also a terrific guest on a Paralegal Voice
podcast, “E-Discovery Trends in the Paralegal World”.