I blog for paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, legal staffers by any other name, paralegal students and educators – and the attorneys who want to get to know us better. I try to share information they may find helpful for professional development, or just a much needed laugh during a hectic week working with 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, professionalism and career dressing, and practice tips and technology.

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

Loving these Worthington high waist pants for work (JCPenney)

Here’s this week’s links:

But I Thought We Were a Team? (Paralegal Ethics) ~ Texas paralegal Ellen Lockwood discusses what makes legal staffers feel like they’re a valued part of the legal team.

Wednesday’s Wisdom: Are you reactive or proactive? (The Paralegal Mentor) ~ I always tell Vicki that she has a mellifluous voice like a DJ. Now in addition to hearing her on the The Paralegal Voice podcast at Legal Talk Network, you can listen to her five-minute audio tips via her blog.

When a client emails from work… (The Empowered Paralegal) ~ I beg our clients not to use work email for communications about their cases.

Law Practice Emerging Trends: One Step at a Time (Lawyerist) ~ Is your firm keeping up with rapid changes in technology? See also attorney Nicole Black’s post at her blog Sui Generis, Technology Changing at Lightening-Fast Speeds.

Facebook’s New Friend Lists: 5 Things You Need to Know (PCWorld) ~ Facebook has redesigned its privacy settings. Have you tried the new friend list feature?

You Can’t Block Social Media (Divorce Discourse) ~ North Carolina family law attorney Lee Rosen lists several good reasons why employee Internet use should not be banned at law firms.

Today’s Coveted Working Look: Bold and Colorful (TheWorkingWardrobe.com) ~ A beautiful, almost artistic look that works for the office (minus the flowers in the model’s hair).  The Anthropologie Peppering Skirt is a little pricey for a legal staffer at $128, but you might keep your eye out for a similar flowered slim skirt at your local thrift store or on eBay.

Random thoughts [outfit] (The New Professional) ~ Angeline puts together a simple t-shirt and pencil skirt look that a legal staffer can afford, with a strand of faux pearls doubled and safety-pinned (I have a little section of my jewelry box with different sized safety pins for fashion emergencies creativity).

Casual Business Casual (Employed Panache) ~ Nicole shows how a beautiful sarong turned scarf can liven up another t-shirt and skirt combo for work. (A safety pin is a great way to turn your regular scarves into one of those single loop infinity scarves that are all the rage right now.)

The Blouse that Means Business (Sparkle Birds) ~ Jaclyn shows off a bright but professional thrifted blouse with a bow that I’d be delighted to find a cousin of in a local thrift store.

This Worthington Pencil skirt is a good basic for color-blocking an outfit similar to Jaclyn’s.

Instant Class (Kendi Everyday) ~ Kendi shows how one bright pop of color can give you another option for a conservative black and white dress. I have a thrifted belt that same color, and now I know how to use it.

Daily MelWear: Mad Men Take 2? (A Working Mom’s Closet) ~ Mel shows off a classic look from one of my favorite discount fashion retailers, Ross Dress for Less. (My latest dress purchase there cost $8.49 from the clearance rack). But my co-worker says we should be calling the current retro trend based on Mad Men “Mad Women”.

This time last year Practical Paralegalism was musing over:

The Truth About Social Media Experts
Does Disorderly Behavior at Home Affect Your Ability to Do Your Job?
Should a Legal Secretary Tell a Senior Co-Worker the Firm Plans to Let Her Go?
Say It With a Bouquet You Can Eat
ParalegaliPad: Touch It But Don’t Touch It
Why Don’t Any TV Legal Assistants Look, Um, Real?

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