Saturday, October 31, 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 hundreds of terrific new articles posted every week 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 - and a good laugh or two.

Here’s this week’s recommended reading:

“Social Media: What’s in it for You?” from Home Office Warrior. Tina Marie Hilton summarizes three great reasons to utilize social media for business: connecting, learning and saving money.

“Free Exhibit Stamps from Adobe Acrobat” from Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog. With the increase in e-filing, electronic exhibit stamps are a must. This post includes instructions on how to use them.

Metadata Ethics Opinion Abound” from ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Maintaining confidentiality becomes more complicated with the inclusion of issues involving metadata. The ABA has assembled a helpful chart summarizing ethics opinions from around the country to date regarding metadata.

“Is Gmail Making the Leap from the ‘Unacceptable?’” from Legal Blog Watch. Gmail has traditionally not been recommended for law firms to use for business email purposes, but the City of Los Angeles is moving its entire system to Gmail.

“Droid v. Iphone: The Comparison Chart [PIC]” from Mashable. The Droid is rumored to be a serious contender on the smartphone market. I love the simple chart from Billshrink which evaluates the most popular smartphones’ capabilities.

For every paralegal who’s ever had to handle a high volume of intake calls for personal injury and medical malpractice firms - and understands that not every call is a winner: “Upon which I have a conversation with an opponent of tort reform” from The Namby Pamby, Attorney-at-Law.

In honor of Halloween, here’s a recipe your kids will love: “Meat Hand” from not martha.

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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