Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading This Week

I blog for paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, legal staffers, paralegal students and instructors – and the attorneys that want to get to know us better. I try to share information my readers might find helpful for professional development, or to be honest, to have a much-needed laugh during a hectic week working for lawyers. Once a week (or less often 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 information I find interesting at Practical Paralegalism’s Facebook page, where I’m celebrating the 600th Like with a drawing for a Practical Paralegalism coffee mug (thanks, all y’all!), and via my Twitter stream (@ExpertParalegal).

I made my first mini-garden! Of course, there is a dog in it.
Here’s this week’s links:

Dr. Seuss, Cheese and Social Media: Ethical Pitfalls Impacting Attorneys and Their Clients (E-Discovery Bytes) ~  Legal professionals need to take extra precautions in their use of social media.

Are there Alternatives to Dropbox? (Compujurist) ~ Dropbox has gotten some bad press recently, so much so that I even asked legal technologist extraordinaire Tom Mighell if he’s still using it on the last Paralegal Voice podcast. Nerino Petro’s post and links are great reads for those of you interested in cloud storage solutions.

Five Tech Products Under $50 Everyone Should Own (Techlicious) ~ While I’m in agreement with the gadget list, I have to admit I’m very disappointed in the smart phone I got for nothing when I renewed my contract. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for.

Applying to Law School? Please Reconsider! (Lawyerist.com) ~ Although this article is for lawyer wannabes, paralegal wannabes need to do their homework, too, before committing to an expensive paralegal education, especially in areas where there are very few new legal staffer positions available. This economy is tough on everybody, not just on new paralegal graduates. I do think it takes much more determination and dedication to get an entry-level legal support staff job, or even move up to a better or different job, in this economy than it did several decades ago when I got my first job as a legal secretary. See also “June Jobs Report: Legal Industry Continues to Shrink” at The AmLaw Daily and “Average Starting Pay for Law Grads Is on Downward Shift…” at the ABA Journal.

E-Filing Procedures: Gotta Have ‘Em! (Paralegal Ethics) ~ Does your office have e-filing procedures?

10 things you should never let lawyers do by themselves (Superlegal Fun) ~ Number 1 used to make me crazy until we started scanning everything before letting anyone else touch it.

How to Find Great (and Affordable) Work Fashion (Classy Career Girl) ~ I’m going to add find the better thrift stores in your area and visit them frequently. I scored the jacket below (it actually has a more cheerful yellow stripe that didn’t photograph well) this weekend, along with a pair of skinny jeans for, ahem, $2.50.

Max Studio blazer – $6 from local thrift store

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