The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Employer: Slack & Davis, LLP, Austin, Texas
Years of Paralegal Experience: 8
Specialty Areas: Commercial Litigation, Aviation
Career Highlight: Taking a firm from WordPerfect to Word and then paperless. It was invigorating.
Paralegal Practice Tip: Learn Excel. Excel does so much more than crunch numbers for you. Indexing production, working on time lines, putting together important facts, creating charts and graphs – it’s all so easy in Excel. Learn it, use it, love it.
Favorite Internet Resource: I cannot tell you how often I use PDFmyURL.com day to day. It’s wonderful and extremely easy. http://www.pdfmyurl.com/
Also, I really do love http://www.dictionary.com/.
Favorite Legal Software: KDocs. Hands down. https://www.kdocs.net/Logon.asp
Do you use social media resources, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or blogs, for career and/or case development?
- LinkedIn: I am on LinkedIn, but I have never found great success with it as far as career development is concerned. It has been good for staying in touch, even loosely, to former colleagues.
- Twitter: I’m @HaleyOdom on Twitter, and am a big fan of Twitter! Not only has it been a perfect medium for me to get general information on any topic I could come up with, it has been a facilitator of excellent relationships. How else would I have come across @ExpertParalegal! Twitter has also been helpful in some of my cases, which is nice.
- Blogs: I also have a blog, Haley Lobs Law Bomb (http://haleyodom.wordpress.com/). My blog has been great for me personally. My writing is getting better, and I’m getting more comfortable putting my thoughts in writing.
Fun Fact: I turned down a scholarship in engineering to get a degree in English. English is harder than chemistry.
Favorite Quote: “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.” ~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Professional Links: www.twitter.com/HaleyOdomwww.haleyodom.wordpress.comhttp://www.linkedin.com/pub/haley-odom/6/792/2a9__________________Awww, Haley, thanks for the Twitter mention. It’s how I met you – and a lot of other terrific legal professionals nationwide. And I love Dictionary.com and Ray Bradbury, too. Readers, I hope you’ll add Haley’s blog to that RSS feed reader I know you’ve set up by now. Also, if any of you would be willing to do a professional profile and share a little about what you do, as well as a few of your favorite professional tools and tips, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.