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Video: From Secretary to Partner - A Remarkable Woman and Her Story

The remarkable journey of Christine Beshar, currently senior counsel at Cravath’s (in the trusts and estates department).

In 1971, she became the firm’s first woman partner. However, she had never gone to law school; instead, she had begun her career as a secretary and a switchboard operator. Later on, through dedication and hard work, she “read up for the bar” and then passed the exam.

Oh, by the way, she has also raised four children.

Blog: Office Software Is Evolving, Are You Ready?

The Office software suite is changing! If you haven’t heard, Microsoft is really pushing the new Office 365, which is all of our old standbys from the Office Suite now delivered on a subscription basis, rather than purchasing that familiar box with the software on CD in it. Along with the standard programs, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc., is cloud integration, meaning you can access the software as well as your documents created and edited in them from any computer or connected device.

Video: Will Social Media Change How We Litigate?

Are Facebook and Twitter a good place to find defendants for service of process? Probably. Service via email and social media may be an economical and effective option for serving process on foreign parties, or even domestic parties that are otherwise difficult to track down by traditional means. However, the authenticity of user accounts and proof that users have actually opened or seen the relevant message remain a key issue.

Book Review: Unbound - How Entrepreneurship Is Dramatically Transforming Legal Services Today

"The longer you wait, the farther -- and faster -- you will have to go just to catch up. You will be left behind in the ashes." The ongoing trend, described by the authors as a "fire," however, presents opportunities in the form of re-growth and regeneration to those who are innovative and entrepreneurial.

Career Tip: How to Ace a Performance Review Interview

For most paralegals, performance review interviews can be a time of stress and fear, with supervising lawyers spending only 10 minutes on the interviews, providing reports with no specific feedback, basing their opinion on the most recent events, or forgetting to recognize their paralegals when they do a good job.

Blog: So You Want To Be The Perfect Paralegal?

I have been thinking about my career goals. I would like to be the perfect paralegal, wouldn’t you? Hmmm, what would make me the perfect paralegal? For starters, I would like to always know what the attorney wants; never make a mistake; only work on big cases; know how to do everything possible; and never get emotional about a case. Let’s see how this would play out in real life…

The perfect paralegal can read minds.

Blog: Why I Discourage Phone Calls. Should You?

I’ve had a couple of people mention the fact that my phone number isn’t so easy to find on my Clerical Advantage website. It’s true, I only have my number listed in one place on my site, and although it’s kind of a no-brainer place to look for it, some folks expect it to be front and center. I’ll let you in on a little secret, it ain’t gonna happen. Why? Because I tend to discourage phone calls. I know, it may sound crazy, but keep reading and you may decide that you should be discouraging them too.

Blog: Ethical Guidelines for Potential New Client Inquiry

Most law firms have a procedure to follow concerning legal inquiries from a potential new client. Even with a solo to small law firm, the attorney is most likely not going to answer the incoming calls to obtain the general information surrounding a potential new client’s legal inquiry. The legal support staff will typically be responsible for obtaining the basic facts for the attorney.

News: Legal Job Report

According to the recently published preliminary jobs numbers for 2012, hiring in the legal sector contributed a net increase of 7,800 jobs to the overall employment picture. This is just a 0.7 percent increase over the 2011 final numbers.

Overall, the legal industry grew at just half the rate of the broader economy, where the total number of jobs increased by 1.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Blog: Paralegal Studies Being Taught in a Virtual Classroom

Nearly a year ago I completed a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. Having worked in business accounting for twenty-plus years, I was comfortable with my career; that is, until the housing market crashed. Like many working adults, the unstable economy gave me reason to reposition myself in an ever-changing job market. Yet for most adults with longstanding careers, changing careers or adding new skills meant going to college. For those who have full time jobs, family responsibilities, or both, attending college may seem impossible. However, distant learning has provided many adult learners with an accepted, quality education in a virtual classroom.