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New Survey Says Paralegal Position Perfect for Introverts - Huh????

I've heard everything now. According to an aol article (yes, aol.com), about the top ten positions perfect for introverts, the paralegal position is right up there with graphic artist and civil engineer. Huh???? Here is what the article states: "As an introvert, finding a position where you can really shine while working on individual projects can seem challenging. But with some research, you'll find plenty of positions where your skills and personal contributions are valued. Many jobs include opportunities for some teamwork as well as the kind of independent work that allows introverts to recharge. No matter which industry you... Read more →

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"Commentary: A Career Not Measured in Billable Hours"

Author Debra Bruno (Special Reports Editor at Legal Times), ponders some interesting questions in this Law.com article: "I grew up the child of teachers. Besides learning the obvious lack-of-privacy lessons ('Does your father know you left the house in that outfit?' my high school history teacher once muttered to me), I also internalized the idea that in the working world, people get home every day at 4 p.m. and have summers off. To this day, it feels to me as if spending a beautiful summer afternoon sitting in an air-conditioned office goes against the natural order. "I'm getting a sense... Read more →

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"How to Treat the Touchy Colleague"

Ah, I'm sure every reader has run across such situations. Good news -- this Business Week article offers helpful advice: "Sometimes, even casual exchanges can set co-workers off. When you hit a nerve, learn from the experience instead of snapping back "It's pleasant to walk into the office on a sunny morning and hear 'Good morning!' from your cheerful co-workers. It's something else entirely to say 'Good morning' to a colleague and be met with 'Keep your good morning to yourself!' But that's what happened to a friend of mine at work not long ago. Talk about a hostile work... 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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"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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Entertainment paralegal with autistic son makes film

Documentaries focus on insiders' view of autism [registration req'd], including a film made by a paralegal: "When Taylor Cross was 14, he told his mother he wanted to earn money to pay for the Christmas gifts they planned to give a needy family. "Keri Bowers was moved by her son's display of empathy. Cross was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at age 6 and struggles with social skills. Bowers suggested household chores he could do to earn the money. "No way, he said. He wanted to make a movie and sell it. "No way, she said. As a paralegal in the... Read more →

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New Career for Paralegal: Jazz Singer

Talk about making a huge career change! Of course, it's good to follow a dream whenever you can: "She’s not yet well known as a performer among Twin Cities jazz audiences but that’s beginning to change. Over a decade ago, Rhonda Laurie gave up a career as a full-time paralegal/part-time vocalist to become a fulltime music educator and performer, and 'never looked back.' Having performed recently at the Dakota and Rossi’s in the heart of Minneapolis, Rhonda now brings her savvy interpretation of jazz classics and less familiar repertoire to Excelsior at the 318 Café on April 10th, accompanied by... Read more →

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"Seven tips for making yourself happier IN THE NEXT HOUR"

Not exactly on topic, but what paralegal doesn't need a boost now & then? These quick "how to be happy" tips look good to me! "You can make yourself happier – and this doesn’t have to be a long-term ambition. You can start right now. In the next hour, check off as many of the following items as possible. Each of these accomplishments will lift your mood, as will the mere fact that you’ve tackled and achieved some concrete goals. 1. Boost your energy: stand up and pace while you talk on the phone or, even better, take a brisk... Read more →

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Best Jobs for Part-Time Paralegals?

Inspired by this post to Legal Blog Watch by Robert J. Ambrogi [links below in original post]: "If you know you want to work part time as a lawyer, which fields of law or types of jobs are best for you? At the blog Concurring Opinions, William & Mary law professor Nate Oman recounts that a student recently came to him with this question and, 'I am embarrassed to say I don't know the answer.' The student explained that she would like to work full time for a few years after law school, then pull back to fewer hours. "Not... Read more →

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