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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, 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:

Military Search (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 (Paralegal Pie) – 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.

Be Prepared for Catastrophe (Lawyerist) – Here’s another great post to help you formulate your emergency data back-up plan.

Encrypt Your Flash Drive with Free USB Safeguard App (Business Hacks) – Here’s one way to protect your flash drive if it’s lost or stolen. This free app even offers the option of displaying the e-mail address or telephone number of the thumb drive’s owner.

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 mug.)

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”.

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

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

Email: lynne.devenny[at]

Telephone: 336-582-0003

Inquiries are welcome, with free quotes available.

Meet Lynne:

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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