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My 2016 Reading Challenge

Part I “I’m a slow reader, but I usually get through seventy or eighty books a year, most fiction. I don’t read in order to study the craft; I read because I like to read” Stephen King, On Writing: A ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Making the transition from law firm to in-house

I was excited to speak at the Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association June meeting to discuss transitioning from law firm paralegal to in-house. I invited my long-time friend and paralegal colleague, Debbie Lawrence, to join me. Debbie is an account executive with ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Welcome, recent graduates

While April showers bring May flowers, May heralds new graduates. Here is some advice for recent graduates that I hope will also resonate with my working paralegal friends. My first networking experience landed me a job while I was a ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Is North Carolina ready for limited license legal technicians?

Paralegal certification by the State Bar is celebrating 10 years in North Carolina. And while the certification program is very successful, with more than 4,000 certified paralegals, recognition by the bar of a certification program was not guaranteed. Is North ...

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Five tips for effective intergenerational communication

For the first time in American history, we have four distinct generations working together. Generational differences affect every aspect of work from recruiting new employees to building effective teams. Our communication skills are being tested with so many different generations ...

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Smart tips to make your working life easier

Many of you have attended technology tips programs such as “60 Tips in 60 Minutes.” Pegeen Turner, owner of North Carolina-based Legal Cloud Technology, is currently presenting a “30 Tips” program for the Lawyers Mutual fall and winter CLE series. ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Keeping an eye on social media advice for clients

The prevalence of social media means that paralegals may be called upon to review their clients’ social media postings or they may see clients’ postings that cause concern. A recent case from Virginia offers an extreme example of advice offered ...

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Why some careers last longer than others

You have heard the statistic that we will have seven careers in a lifetime. That sounds like a lot of careers to me. What we do know is that job hopping is the new normal for millennials. According to data ...

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