Saturday, October 24, 2009

Practical Paralegalism's Recommended Reading This Week

One of the many reasons that I blog for paralegals is to share information relevant to our profession. There are dozens of excellent news articles and blog posts published every day on the Internet, but once a week I'll try to break them down into a half dozen or so “don’t miss” articles focusing on legal news, practice tips and technology.

Here’s this week’s recommended reading:

“10 Terrific Law Practice Management Blogs” from Wisconsin Law Journal shares links to top bloggers in the area of practice management. “Just about everything they focus on is free or low-cost.”

“Paralegals Take a Walk on the Cloud” from Kim Walker’s article was especially timely for me, since I included cloud computing in my comparison of old and new technology in my opening speech at the Los Angeles Paralegal Association’s 33rd Annual October Conference. At minimum, paralegals need to know what it is.

I’m including two articles about booking appointments online, “Book Appointments Online” from Lawyerist and “Digital Doodad – Appointment Setting” from The Legal Connection, since they discuss different online scheduling software. I’d love to hear how many of your offices are scheduling appointments and meetings via the Internet, and which services you like best.

“Higher Education” from Paralegalese reminds us that our local community colleges have a wealth of low-cost, easily accessible classes (including online offerings) to help keep our skills up-to-date, especially in the fast-changing area of technology.

“Nook is Coming: Barnes & Noble’s Kindle Killer” from Mashable makes me wonder if our grandchildren will know what a book or a newspaper looks like, but doesn’t keep me from lusting after an e-reader anyway. I’d be happy to curl up with a Nook. Hello, Santa?

Finally, the two legal news stories that tied for made-me-laugh-out-loud this week illustrate the triumph of one man’s unchecked ego and another man’s bizarre mechanical ingenuity over good old-fashioned common sense.

“JD/MBA of the Day: Jonathan Eakman, With a Big FU to SMU” from Above the Law shares a series of emails from Eakman, a SMU law student, to the admissions office at SMU Cox School of Business that unequivocally demonstrates how not to start a successful career in business.

"La-Z-Boying While Intoxicated” from Legal Blog Watch is about an innovative fellow who pimped his recliner, “powering it with a converted lawnmower engine and adding headlights, a small steering wheel, a stereo and cup” and drove it straight from a bar into a parked car.

Did you read an article this week that you think paralegals should see? I’d love it if you would share the link with us.

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