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Legal Writing Notebook: In with the old, out with the new

Ah, the new year … season of best-of lists, resolutions and transitions. Speaking of transitions, let’s talk for a minute about the ones between sentences. We can all agree that each sentence in a paragraph should express one complete thought ...

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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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Leave yourself a little room in your stress cup

I have pretty much made my job my life. I have been first in, last out, worked on weekends, worked from home, worked through all of my lunches, taken on any extra duties or responsibilities, helped everyone else with their ...

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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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Key to success? Become a polymath (but look it up first)

Trying to find one word to describe my 37-year-old son on his birthday this month, I thought about what his strength was, and I realized this man is knowledgeable on so many subjects, practical and not so practical. For that ...

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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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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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An open letter to the spiteful gods of shipping

Dear shipping company who shall not be named: As 2013 draws to a close and the New Year descends upon us, I wanted to take this opportunity to begin our relationship anew. The beginning of a year is a time ...

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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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