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Is It Time to Replace Paralegals with Lawyers?

According to North Carolina family lawyer and practice management expert, Lee Rosen, the answer is yes. Before my paralegal readers hit the ceiling, read Rosen’s recent post at his blog Divorce Discourse, “It’s Time to Replace Your Paralegals…with Lawyers,” carefully. He does make a good point, i.e. that law firms “can now pay an associate…

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Today’s Quote: Are We Simply Grunts?

“Simply put, paralegals handle all the grunt work of lawyers…” ~ Excerpt from “Best Jobs 2012: Paralegal” (U.S. News & World Report) At least this reporter didn’t over-glamorize the profession when trying to describe what a paralegal job is like, but maybe he put it a little too simply. That “grunt work” can be quite…

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Newest Movie Paralegal to Save the Firm in NSFW?

I like to say, as a paralegal, that you never know what you’re gonna have to do when you report to work, but the premise of action-adventure director Joe Johnston’s newest low budget thriller, Not Safe for Work (NSFW), is that a paralegal has to deal with a murdering destroyer of documents at work. I’ve…

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Interviewing Tips for the Paralegal

By Kim Wierzel Congratulations!  Your dream job has just called to ask you in for an interview.  You thought it was a long shot, but you got the interview.  How many times have you said, “If they would just meet me, I know they would love me?”  Here are some interviewing tips to help you…

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Five More Paralegal Blogs to Check Out

If you haven’t already started reading these paralegal blogs, and added them to your RSS feed reader, I encourage you to do so: Atlanta Paralegal Services, http://www.atlantaparalegalservices.com/ , ~ Freelance paralegal Misty Sheffield is a talented and thoughtful essayist about all things paralegal. The Paralegal Society, http://theparalegalsociety.wordpress.com/  ~ A terrific collaborative effort, this is one of…

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Paralegal Profile: Jill G. Nelson, NCCP

Jill Nelson Job Title: Paralegal Employer: Tharrington Smith, LLP, Raleigh, NC Years of Paralegal Experience: 5 Education/Degrees: UNC Chapel Hill – B.A. in English; Duke University – Paralegal Certification Specialty Areas: Family Law Career Highlight: Joining Tharrington Smith, LLP. I love the people that I work with, and they have opened so many doors for…

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Searches that Found this Paralegal Blog (and Made Me Cry)

The Corginator’s not THAT bad… Okay, just kidding about that last part, but not entirely. Here’s a few of the funnier Internet search queries that landed readers at Practical Paralegalism: “appropreiate paralegal business attire” (please, please don’t let this be a paralegal) “quail” “quail pics” (because that’s a serious hobby of mine. Not.) “halo kitty”…

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Today’s Quote: What’s Better than a Kindle Fire?

You do not have a traditional legal assistant career path? We are more interested in someone who has an entrepreneurial spirit, great energy, and is not afraid of taking on new challenges! So if you have such qualities and want to work hard, have fun, and make history, please apply! ~ Excerpt from Amazon’s ad…

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Former Paralegal Sues State of Connecticut for Unpaid Vacation Time

Whatever you do, don’t let this “erroneously accrue.” The moral of this news story might be to not let your vacation time accrue. Take it now. However, Paula McIlduff, a paralegal who retired from the Connecticut Office of the Claims Commissioner last year after a stellar 26-year career, thought she was helping her short-staffed department…

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Practical Paralegalism’s Recommended Reading this Week

I blog for paralegals and legal professionals to share information they may find helpful for professional development, or simply entertaining during a fast-paced week. Once a week (or less when Life happens – expect less with many projects looming in 2012), I share links to a half dozen or so articles focusing on law practice…

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