Looking for a few shortcuts in programs you use all the time? You’re not alone. From desktop-support staff to in-trial technology-support specialists, lawyers and their staffs are turning more and more to their counterparts in the IT department for guidance ...Read More »
Tech Toolkit: What does it really take to go paperless?
At this point in enterprise technology, it’s possible for a firm to be completely paperless, even to the point where clients might sign documents digitally and files are stored in the cloud. So, why are there still filing cabinets and ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
Overheard at the Water Cooler: Clio Conference speaks to the future
In October, I traveled to Chicago for the Clio Cloud Conference. One of the keynote speakers posed the question, is the legal economy we see today a paradigm shift or a temporary correction? Before we answer the question, here’s a ...
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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Drama feeds drama, so starve it out of your office
Do you encounter any workplace drama? A drama king or queen who can’t wait to pass along gossip, twist a story out of context or just make up a lie? Ugh. These people are not only difficult; they can often ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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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Overheard at the Water Cooler: A few new tricks for staying up to date
A friend of mine recently interviewed for a job in the legal field. “Where do you get your news?” the potential employer asked her. “How do you stay current with technology?” “What apps are you using on your smartphone ...
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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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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. ...Read More »