Paralegals

It’s Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Or, I Was So Crushed When I Found Out When? 4:42 p.m. Here’s my corroborating tweet: Seriously, what did your employer do today or this week to celebrate your administrative professional awesomeness? P.S. One of my co-workers pointed out we celebrate a lot at our firm, which is very true. And my boss buys me…

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Can Wearing an Orange Shirt to Work Get You Fired?

Cute J. Crew tee. I want it. But could it get me fired? You betcha. According to the Sun Sentinel, 14 staffers formerly employed by Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A., a law firm in Deerfield Beach, Florida, were let go last Friday for wearing orange shirts. To add insult to injury, that Friday also happened to…

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The Secret Paralegal Holiday Is Finally Out!

This is a re-print of the previous two years’ St. Paddy’s Day post, but I feel like I was born to spread the word about our secret day.________________________________ I feel like such a fool. Here I am, descended from a long line of red-headed Irish Catholics (lapsed), running around in my green dress all day…

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An Epic “Reply All” Fail

I’m a little behind on my blog reading obviously, so I missed Above the Law’s post last week, “A Quinn Emanuel Partner’s Lecherous ‘Reply All’” and Jezebel’s analysis of the ATL post, “Legal Blogger Attempts to Criticize Lechery, Ends Up Seeming Lecherous.” To make a long, kinda icky story short, a very nice temporary secretary…

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TGIF: Juanita Weasel Makes Like a Paralegal

You know one of my biggest girl-crushes on the planet is on Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess, and I thought the hardest I might have laughed in my life is over her recent post, “Her name is Juanita. Juanita Weasel. Unless you can think of something better.” No way, man. OMG, I almost peed my pants…

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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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Paralegal Career Dressing: 5 Items under $50 from Chico’s

Perhaps I haven’t been fair to Chico’s, having never made it past the front door of our local store. But I checked out the online sale catalog, and found several marked down items that would be great fits for a conservative office wardrobe. Easy Instinct Elin Jacket ~ $39.99  (Also available in a nice neutral…

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Paralegal Career Dressing: Visible Monday Is a Brazen Hussy

I titled this post partly to screw with Google’s search engine results, and partly because I perhaps over-washed the gray out of my hair last night. In fact, I may have scared it away permanently. The color on the box said something like “Prim Auburn Suitable for Work” – but turned out to be way…

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Paralegal Career Dressing: 5 Pleated Skirts Under $50

Spring is coming, and a sleek, chiffon-type, swingy pleated skirt, suitable for a conservative office, is on my wish list, inspired by recent looks from some of my favorite style bloggers. I’ll keep checking the thrift stores and eBay, but in the meantime, I’ll use these economically priced skirts for inspiration (or fold and buy…

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