Working hard and waiting for praise, rewards or promotions doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. The key attributes that create a high performance paralegal might well also be the very same attributes that make them invisible within a firm. Paralegals ...Read More »
It’s true what they say: Karma is a rhymes-with-witch. Twelve months ago, her enigma was my constant companion, a voice of reason and a beacon of hope that I relied upon heavily when I made the decision to depart the ...Read More »
Bad news is around every corner. Many lawyers and firms are still reeling from the economic downturn of recent years while trying to figure out what the future looks like. Some firms are trying to figure out how to do ...Read More »
As technology took over law firms and the lives of the lawyers and paralegals, face-to-face conversations ceased to exist. Email became the efficient way to provide the information needed or to seek a quick answer to a question. And with ...Read More »
Have you ever found yourself in a business or professional situation where you didn’t know what to do? Should you drink from the glass on the left or right? Where do you wear your nametag? Etiquette rules are designed to make you feel more comfortable in professional situations. Here are a few tips that I’ve found useful.
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Since the 1950s, businesses have learned the benefits of defining processes and procedures. Business administrators could transfer skills into a process, incorporating ideas from several sources. By combining these ideas, they could refine their business process and create the most effective way to complete the job.
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If I had my way, all the major health insurance carriers would roll out a plan designed specifically for paralegals and legal assistants to provide the coverage we need and deserve.Read More »
If you buy into the emotional intelligence or self-mastery theory that is popular these days, then you are in control of your emotions. .. I would rather believe things can be perfectly logical, reasonable and predictable. Oh, well. We all have our fantasies.Read More »
Welcome back to my mini-series on “frienemies,” those legal professionals that many of us either love or hate, depending on the day. Today I highlight another frienemy: the law clerk.Read More »
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile or you haven’t maximized yours, now is the time to do so.Read More »
Part friend, part foe. In the legal field, nearly anyone can be a frienemy. In this column and the next, I’d like to introduce you to two of my favorite frienemies: The IT Guy and the law clerk. Undeniably, both are irreplaceable and bring important skills to the table. But both can drive me absolutely insane.Read More »
In recent weeks I have had several people approach me as they were searching for someone to fill a paralegal position. Despite high unemployment rates, there are some open jobs that aren’t getting filled. I have some thoughts about why this is happening.Read More »
I’m Lindsay Valek – paralegal of seven years, potter, hoarder of historical biographies, and frequenter of thrift stores to the point that local proprietors know me by name. Now add CPN columnist to the list.Read More »