Sunday, October 18, 2009

Got Shorthand?

What do you mean, “What IS shorthand?” The literal definition is “a system of rapid handwriting employing symbols to represent words, phrases, and letters.” For the benefit of the texting generation, it involves a pad, a pencil and a lawyer making you write down every word he says so fast that if you blink or sneeze you’ll miss it.

I thought DragonDictate killed shorthand.

But according to The BLT’s (Blog of Legal Times) recent post about federal job opportunities for legal professionals, there’s a position open for someone who knows shorthand:


As for those with a hankering to work at the high court but just can’t keep waiting for another justice to retire, there’s the ultimate legal secretary job. An unnamed justice is looking for a new legal assistant/ secretary, and experience as a paralegal or lawyer is “highly preferred.” The catch – you need to know shorthand.

In the same post, The BLT shares a sweet opportunity for a paralegal looking for a great salary - and a fitness package:


Finally, the award for best job posting of the week goes to the Environmental and Natural Resources Division at the Justice Department. In an ad for a supervisory paralegal, which pays up to $95,026 a year, the “Job Summary” begins: “Our Office is conveniently located near the Navy Memorial/Archives Metro. A wide variety of shopping venues, the Verizon Center, museums, the national mall, restaurants and coffee shops are all within walking distance. We also offer access to an onsite fitness center. The Environment and Natural Resources Division ranked number 1 out 279 Federal organizations in the 2008 Best Places to Work survey. ENRD is a great place to work.”

Little wonder, if working consists of shopping, eating out, and going to the gym.



Best Reader Comment from Patti, also known as @lglduck on Twitter:

I still use the pencil and legal pad when I go to Court. My boss says "how do you read that?" I say, the same way I figure out how to read YOUR handwriting.

4 comments:

  1. Shorthand? It's one of the best skills I learned in high school. I use it daily...no longer to take dictation but for writing quick notes when an attorney's giving me direction in a matter. I think I'll keep my current job, though.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I've seen at least one of Vicki's shorthand notes. At first, I thought it was in Klingon! Definitely a foreign language...

    ReplyDelete
  3. I still use the pencil and legal pad when I go to Court. My boss says "how do you read that?" I say, the same way I figure out how to read YOUR handwriting.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm with Vicki - I was Shorthand Student of the Year in high school, but couldn't take strictly shorthand dictation if my life depended on it. I do, however, use my own version daily in taking notes of telephone conversations and instructions.

    ReplyDelete

We love comments here; we feed them, hug them, and name them George :) Seriously, your comments make my day.