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Listening to others during a videoconference

By Karen S. Borofsky Most meetings lately are held via some form of videoconferencing platform — Zoom, Teams, Webex, etc. Those of us who use that medium throughout the day know that “Zoom fatigue” is a real thing. According to ...

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Tech Toolkit: Next year’s security threats to consider today

Tired of hearing about tech security yet? Just wait, it’s likely to get even more intense. With a workforce that’s increasingly distributed — which means a mix of telecommuters, freelancers, subcontractors, and consultants — even smaller law firms are feeling ...

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Don’t fall prey to problems in communication

As a paralegal, do you ever ask your attorney a question and get an unexpectedly short response, or an answer that does not seem to make sense to you, or a tone of voice you are not sure how to ...

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Time out for time-management tips

Is your work never done? Are your clients feeling neglected? A few lessons in time management can reduce that frazzled feeling. That’s what attorney Sarah Sicheneder has been learning from business coach Julie Keyes. An associate at Johnson & Turner ...

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Make trust part of work-life balance equation

The popular legal blog Above the Law recently published an email from a Big Law associate to her colleagues. She wrote that “[a]t a recent Women Lawyers meeting,” the firm discussed the notion that “while large law firms have come ...

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Make civility a foundation of your professionalism

A Google search of “road rage” uncovered almost 90 million entries; boat rage, 24 million; air rage, 4 million; and grocery store rage — yes, you read that right, grocery store rage — 3 million. In other words, people nowadays ...

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Are law firms really all that different?

Lawyers are special – principles of economics do not apply to us. Mantras like this come and go decade by decade. Small is beautiful, big is better. Big is bad, unless you’re too big to fail. Which do you prefer? ...

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Tips on building a Facebook fan page

As Facebook’s search functionality has improved, law firm marketers say now is a good time to create a business page on Facebook. If you haven’t already set up a fan page — or if you have been violating Facebook policy by showcasing your firm on an individual profile page — here are some tips for building your business page and drawing fans to it.

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Commentary: Leveraging the value of paralegals

It is well demonstrated that paralegals improve a firm’s bottom line. These paralegals may be employed within the firm itself, or they may provide outsourced services in a virtual relationship. Either way, paralegals epitomize the highly effective concept of leverage as a way that law firms enhance their profitability by doing billable work as members of client service teams. In this way, their lower rates, when blended with other team members, boost partner profitability.

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How to interview a legal assistant candidate

Looking to hire a paralegal or legal support staffer? Find the ideal candidate while avoiding pitfalls by following these interviewing tips from recruiting experts:

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Embracing the bond between IT and legal

Corporate litigation is often inevitable, but preparation for that inevitability is controllable. Why, then, during a meeting involving corporate litigation are the legal and IT teams introducing themselves across the table? The truth is that successful companies have embraced the brotherly bond that IT and legal departments share in this age of technology. IT and legal teams should be talking every day. It’s crucial to avoiding document retention problems, e-mail archiving and a host of other complex issues that are crucial to managing discovery.

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A few ergonomic adjustments can relieve those pains at the desk

By Jane Pribek janepribek@bellsouth.net Go ahead – get rid of that inclined leather chair. Sure, it looks cool. But it’s an instrument of torture for your back, if you regularly spend time using a computer. So says Patricia Seeley, a ...

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The greatest practice management tool ever … possibly

By Gina Drew, Special to Lawyers Weekly, a sister publication of Carolina Paralegal News I am generally an early adopter of technology, and, admittedly, a bit of a gadget snob. I can’t believe this little gem escaped my radar for ...

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