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"Nearly Half of Law Offices Plan Staff Additions in Next 12 Months"

Great news! Particularly for "Litigation, Corporate Governance Experiencing Most Growth": "Law firms and corporate legal departments will be adding to their teams in the year ahead, a new survey [by Robert Half Legal] shows. Forty-seven percent of attorneys polled said they plan to hire personnel in the next 12 months; just 2 percent of respondents anticipate staff reductions. Litigation, corporate governance and intellectual property were identified as the areas of law expected to experience the most growth. [snip] "Lawyers were asked, "Do you expect the number of lawyers employed with your law firm/corporate legal department to increase, stay the same... Read more →

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"The Problem with Time Management"

Ah, the "trying to do my job, but people keep interrupting" problem. Do you have time management on the job under control? "If you've been living in the corporate world for some time, you've probably attended a training session where one of the exercises was to conduct a 'time spent' analysis in order to increase your efficiency. You cracked open your calendar, reviewed how you spent your time for the past week, and identified black holes that were wasting your energy. Maybe you even went so far as to break your activities into categories, separating the 'urgent' things from the... Read more →

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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

So, what do you do for this big day? Take your kids to work? Does your firm or company participate? "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day has grown from a modest scope in its pilot year to include businesses large and small, unions, hospitals, manufacturing plants, arts groups, social agencies, schools and government offices. The latter list has included NASA, the CIA, the courts and legislative bodies. "This year, the U.S. Senate expects 300 participants. That body now has 16 female senators. Fifteen years ago, it had two. "Some workplaces simply invite employees to have their children, or... Read more →

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"New York's Most Obnoxious Lawyer"

Hmmm, I'm sure someone could nominate lawyers "worthy" of this "honor" in other states. But check out the "competition" in this Village Voice article: "'With so many jerks working as attorneys in New York City, you'd think there would be no way to determine who's the single biggest pain in the ass. You could be wrong. The winner (or loser) is arguably Kenneth Heller. "You can't count the number of crooks, shysters, or idiots among the city's 74,000 lawyers. But Kenny Heller was disbarred for simply being obnoxious. After 50 years of heaping abuse on everyone within earshot and hurling... Read more →

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SF Paralegal Manages MyDeathSpace Website

Well, this is certainly a different way to expand beyond a day job as a paralegal: "Before the public saw the faces or learned the names of the victims from last week's Virginia Tech massacre, thousands of college students across the country were already starting to mourn the dead at a Web site called MyDeathSpace.com. "Created in 2005 by Mike Patterson, the 25-year-old San Francisco paralegal says he started MyDeathSpace with the aim of creating a cautionary tool that could show teenagers, with stark and brutal honesty, how other kids their age were dying in their area (namely through car... Read more →

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Hudson Legal Sponsors Monster's New Legal Career Center

I think the message board might become quite helpful, from the Q&As I read, particularly this one. And having law-related career advice collected in one place is very welcome: "Hudson Legal today [4-24-2007] announced its sponsorship of Monster's newly launched Legal Career Center, a section of Monster.com devoted to the career advancement and recruitment efforts of attorneys and other legal professionals. The site offers a range of career advice and articles regarding salary trends, the hiring outlook and interview tips, as well as a community message board, where a Hudson recruiter answers questions from job seekers. Content appeals to a... Read more →

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"Making Forensics Elementary at Your Firm"

Here's another career choice -- computer-forensics examinaton -- in which a paralegal background can be most helpful: [snip] "Attorney and e-discovery expert Tom O'Connor, with the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Legal Electronic Document Institute, says that judges in the cases he consults on are ordering e-discovery and computer-forensics investigation much more frequently than ever before. O'Connor is seeing the effect of this change on all kinds of cases. [snip] "For civil domestic cases such as divorce proceedings, there's an enormous amount of forensics investigation occurring. O'Connor says that PCs are being examined to prove or refute claims by one spouse that... Read more →

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"PowerPoint 2007 Takes On the Fear Factor"

Here's where presentation-savvy paralegals [PPT] can save the day (or at least the PowerPoint slides). Still, it's good to hear that "Microsoft Corp.'s upgraded presentation tool adds user-friendliness to increased visual interest." "The very word 'PowerPoint' instills grim fear in the hearts of would-be speakers and dread lethargy in the minds of would-be listeners. No other software application can boast such ominous power over sophisticated professionals. "I've personally witnessed scores of skilled attorneys desperately plead for help in using Microsoft PowerPoint to express their stilted, creative side; and conversely, I've been in the company of many audiences that collectively cringe... Read more →

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"New direction: Former paralegal found her niche in films"

No kidding a new direction! "And now for something completely different," as the funny guys of Monty Python used to say: "It’s a cliche in the movie business. She’s a great actress, but what she really wants to do is direct. He’s a great writer, but what he really wants to do is direct. He’s a good dog, but what he really wants to do is direct. "Everybody wants to direct. "The truth is, Pam Haynes didn’t know what she really wanted to do with her life. She just knew what she was doing wasn’t it. "I had a good... Read more →

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"Quick naps do the job at this law firm"

Calling all workaholics! Be smart & take some time off for a rejuvenating nap..at work! "The Power Room at one Raleigh law office isn't a place where high-profile deals get done or important meetings occur. "It's for snoozing. "As workers log in longer hours, there is increasing interest in the revitalizing power of naps. One company in New York sells 20- minute sessions in nap pods. A recent study in Greece showed that regular naps can reduce the risk of heart attacks. "Honestly, who hasn't had stressful workdays when an afternoon siesta would have hit the spot? "Put the partners... Read more →

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