Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

I blog for paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, legal staffers, paralegal students and instructors – and the attorneys who want to get to know us better. I try 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 (or every other week when Life happens) I share links to a half dozen or so articles focusing on legal news and humor, practice tips and professionalism, and technology.

Here’s this week’s list:

I hope Keri from Headlines and Hemlines doesn’t mind me sharing this photo from her “Wind Blazer” post, but this is a great look for a paralegal or legal CLE, combining the comfort of trouser jeans with a modern blazer, simple tee, and multi-strand pearls. Think you don’t own the look? Take a look at the suits hanging in the back of your closet for trials (or other special occasions); you probably already own a blazer that you can separate from a suit on days you want to dress up trouser jeans. Think you can’t afford pearls? Go faux, and buy an inexpensive costume set to kick both your jeans and suits up a style notch. Amazon has some great takes on the multi-strand look for under $20. For those of you who can wear business casual most of the week and are looking to get out of a style rut, Keri’s blog is a great additon to your RSS feed reader.

You never know who you’ll meet at CLEs – maybe your next boss!

“Podcasts for Paralegal Students” (The Paralegal Student) – A great way to learn on long walks or when traveling. Also, creating and maintaining a paralegal blog is a terrific individual or group project for paralegal students.

“What Would Odelia Do…That Sue Ann Won’t” (Criminal Minds) – Think fictional paralegal sleuth, Odelia Patience Grey, and her creator, corporate paralegal Sue Ann Jaffarian, are one and the same? Maybe not so much.

“The Work/College/Life Balance” (Purple Paralegal) – Working in a law office, legal department, or related business, while earning a paralegal degree is the best way to graduate with both the education and experience you need to land a paralegal position. Amanda shares some of the ways she manages to do both. 

“Secure Your Facebook Account with Always-on Encryption” (ABA Site-tation) ~ It takes about 10 seconds to activate this new security feature in your Account Settings.

“Do You Know Where All the Software CDs for the Applications on Your Computer Are Stored?”(PMATps) ~ If you can’t say “yes,” read this post.

“Advanced Scholar Search – Why Are You Paying for Basic Legal Research?” (FutureLawyer) ~ Are you using Google Scholar yet?

“Leaving PPT” (inter alia) ~ Have you left PowerPoint for something more effective, too?

“Sixth Grader Finds Nude Pictures of Librarian on School iPad” (PadGadget) ~ You know my mantra, “Your work computer isn’t really yours.” Just to be perfectly clear, neither is the work iPad.

Also, check out Paralegal Gateway’s new iPhone app, Court Day Count.

Fave Practical Paralegalism post from this time last year:  “What If Your Attorney Got Down in the Trenches with the Staff for a Week?”

I can’t remember every news item or blog post that catches my eye, which is why I sometimes use my Twitter account, @expertparalegal, and Practical Paralegalism’s Facebook page to keep track of interesting articles – and to keep the paralegal conversation going.

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