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. I also share links of interest at Practical Paralegalism’s Facebook page, and via my Twitter stream (@ExpertParalegal).

This week’s links:

WorkChic styles a classic grey skirt three different ways for the office.

Career Blunders Report from Robert Half (Paralegal Pie) ~ Free download of Robert Half’s new white paper about business etiquette for today’s social media savvy professionals, “The New Rules in a Digital Age”.

8 Tips for Catching Typos Before You Click Send (Business Hacks) ~ Even if you don’t blog or write memos at work, you likely send professional emails or use professional listservs. If your emails or posts contain grammatical errors, readers may question both your intelligence and education.

Google Docs Viewer Now Handles 12 More File Types (Mashable) ~ I am already a big fan of Google’s awesome free apps.

10 tech tips you’ll just love (Real Life Practice) ~ Another Google fan shares gadgets, apps, and services to make your professional life easier.

Thomson counsel wants iPad inspected, returned (Northern Virginia Daily) ~ An iPad is the focus of an evidentiary hearing to determine whether it was lawfully seized in a federal case involving a former prosecutor accused of tampering with evidence and a witness in a federal investigation, as well as possession of cocaine. Another prosecutor (not in trouble) incorporates the iPad at trial, loading his whole case file onto the tablet, and vouches for its power and portability. (Technologist)

Googling for the perfect juror (Westlaw News & Insight) ~ Online searches and detailed spreadsheets are invaluable resources for trial lawyers vetting jurors.

New York Man Sues Boss: Her ‘Voice Made Me Vomit’ (Legally Weird) ~ Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a boss whose voice triggered a sickening feeling inside. Yes? Are you filing suit for intentional infliction of emotional distress?

The Victorian Governess (PBS) ~ Most legal support staffers (who are still mostly female) have days when we think we’re ill-used and under-valued at work, but today’s women have it way better than we did in 1850, when our only career options were governess, domestic, or prostitute. One family seeking a governess offered “Handsome Terms” –  a comfortable home but no salary. (See cubicle-living below).

Evolution of the Cubicle: Part 1 (Employed Panache) ~ I guess I’m in the mood to reminisce today. If you’ve ever wondered why you get so darned sleepy in your cubicle, it’s because it started out as a bed chamber, suggesting employers really do want us to live at work.

Do not fall asleep in your cubicle. Remain vigilant at all times. (Fail Blog)

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