Explaining your job to your kids - A new book for paralegals

Here's a good question for you: How do you explain to your child what you do during the day at work? It's hard enough to explain the paralegal career to adults. According to parenting.com, until the child is about three years old, "Mommy is going to work" is about all they can understand. However, after that, when they're asking "Why is the sky blue, why is the grass green?" it starts to get a bit complicated. Work is hard to visualize and a position where you aren't exactly physically making a product you can bring home to show them is... Read more →

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Legal Project Management - The Next New Area for Paralegals to Conquer?

It seems that suddenly, law firms have woken to the fact that the corporate world has a whole new technique out there to manage projects. Simply called Project Management, the area is booming. And, as always, the legal field tends to be the last to get in on the bandwagon. But for argument's sake, let's just say it arrived. Read more →

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eDiscovery for Techies & Geeks Starts Aug. 31st

eDiscovery for Techies & Geeks starts on August 31, 2010. Interact with other students & instructor. Learn from seasoned pros. 3 courses offered including: Lit Support 101A; Advanced LitSupport; Project Management for Litigation Support Professionals. Contact chere.estrin@theolp.org. Thanks! Read more →

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The Empowered Paralegal: Working with the Elder Client Book Review

I don't know what it was that I expected when I picked up a copy of Robert Mongue's latest book, "The Empowered Paralegal: Working with the Elder Client" but that wasn't as important as the fact that I just couldn't put it down. This is a book for everyone. While it is written specifically for paralegals, just substitute any position and you have a book that teaches you how to deal, motivate and learn from the older generations. This publication is not only for paralegals, it can be read by lawyers, administrators, legal secretaries - practically anyone who works in... Read more →

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The Florida Paralegal by Wm Statsky, Robert Diotalevi and Pam McCoy Linquist

They send me books. Lots and lots of books. Who??? you're asking? The publishers, that's who. They seem to think that we're going to review every book that's come our way. I haven't gotten to Ludicrous Laws & Mindless Misdemeanors yet. The Inspiration Factor was uninspiring and Fame 101 was content -free. What the heck did they expect me to do with The Florida Paralegal, I ask you. Turns out that The Florida Paralegal, a resource guide written by William P. Statsky, Robert N. Diotalevi and Pam McCoy Linquist could be a very good textbook. I would prefer that the... Read more →

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The Empowered Paralegal - A New Book for New Paralegals

For those of us who are "old" hands at this, the information presented in a new book by Robert E. Mongue, The Empowered Paralegal, may seem pretty obvious. However, when I think back to when I was brand new on the job, (and very, very young), my first day was very powerful. The lesson I learned - remembered for a lifetime - was just how much I didn't learn in school. Like, for example, how to properly answer the phones; fill out a time sheet; organize a litigation file correctly and the all-time show stopper: understanding the attorney's understanding of... Read more →

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"My Mommy is a Paralegal" - New Book for the Kids

The question of what is a paralegal has been around since the career started. Explaining it to an adult is one thing, but try explaining it to a child who has never seen a court room, judge or even an office building. What does mommy do all day long, anyway? The concept can be hard to grasp for a small child. Loni Morganelli and I came up with a concept for a book for the 3-8 year old children of paralegals. "My Mommy is a Paralegal" has delightful illustrations by Jessica Maturo. Written by Loni Morganelli, the book explains in... Read more →

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"45 ways we torpedo our careers"

Very helpful, if sometimes painful, career guidance in a new book: "Read a few pages of Anita Bruzzese's book and you probably will see yourself. "And, you're almost guaranteed not to like the picture you see. "'We hear all the time that people aren't happy in their jobs because of the boss, or because of the company, or because of something else,' said Bruzzese, author of the book 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy (Perigee Trade, $14) 'Never once have I heard from someone who blamed their troubles at work on themselves. "'I just got to thinking... Read more →

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New book about the Supremes

Jeffrey Rosen, author of "The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America," made a funny appearance on The Daily Show tonight: His book also sounded very funny. Of course, that could have mostly been Jon Stewart.... "In this compelling work of character-driven history, Jeffrey Rosen recounts the history of the Court through the personal and philosophical rivalries on the bench that transformed the law — and by extension, our lives. The story begins with the great Chief Justice John Marshall and President Thomas Jefferson, cousins from the Virginia elite whose differing visions of America set the tone for... Read more →

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"Help, I’m Surrounded by Jerks"

If you're this unlucky, so sorry!, but help might be found in the books described below: "CERTAIN mortals have the power to sink hearts and sour moods with lightning speed. The hysterical colleague. The meddlesome neighbor. The crazy in-law. The explosive boss. A mélange of cantankerous individuals, they are united by a single achievement: They make life miserable. "You call them jerks, dolts and nitwits. Psychologists call them 'difficult people.' In fact they are difficult in so many ways that they have been classified into species like the Complainer, the Whiner and the Sniper, to name but three. [snip] "Two... Read more →

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