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Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

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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).

Here’s this week’s links:


Why Have a Business Card, I Don’t Have a Job? (Patti’s Paralegal Page) ~ Even in this day and age of mobile apps that allow you to scan business cards, the easiest way to share contact information in a networking situation is to exchange business cards.

Top Effective Uses of Evernote by Attorneys (The Mac Lawyer) ~ File-sharing and content creation on the go make this app a great alternative to Post-It notes. Erik Mazzone, Director of the Center for Practice Management at NCBA, lists additional uses and new user resources at Evernote for Lawyers (Law Practice Matters).

Public Records and Court Dockets – Portal to the World – Courtport (FutureLawyer) ~ Courtport, http://www.courtport.com/, allows users to access over 10,000 court records databases – for only $10 a month. There’s a 30-day free trial. Has anyone tried it yet?

Insulting Your Boss Online Is Now Protected Speech (Above the Law) ~ While this is good to know, don’t do it.

Would You Fire Someone for Casting Spells? (Inc.) ~ Even if it’s wrong to fire you for insulting your boss online, it’s still risky to share your Wiccan beliefs at work.

Top 10 embarrassing emails made public (Emirates 24/7) ~ It was nice to see that the email exchange between two legal secretaries over a ham sandwich made the list. Not.

I’d be homeless, but très chic.

Jury Duty (Headlines & Hemlines) ~ Keri wears a thrifted Talbot’s skirt with a button-down shirt and wide belt to jury duty, modeling a classic and very affordable look that will work in the courthouse or the law firm. (Her red belted coat from Target is now on my wish list, although only a short version is currently available online. But let’s just say I don’t need a place to live. Then I’d get this red Dolce & Gabbana Trench Coat from Nordstrom. I cut the model’s head off because no one likes anyone wearing a $1,400 coat.)

Favorite Practical Paralegalism post from this time last year:  Don’t Depart in a Blaze of Bad Grammar

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