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Video: 3 Tips to Advance Your Paralegal Career

“One of the top complaints I hear from paralegals is that their supervising attorneys are not utilizing the paralegal’s full potential. This scenario leads to boredom, frustration, and low job satisfaction. It is a lose-lose, for the paralegal and the firm.”

News: Attorney Suspended for Failure to Supervise Paralegal’s Work

A recent disciplinary proceeding initiated by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District of New York offers again a cautionary tale about attorneys who leave essential work to paralegals and fail to supervise the paralegal’s work.

Video: Women in Professional Leadership Positions

With Facebook going public late last week with much fanfare, one of the lesser mentioned facts was that Facebook is actually operationally managed by a woman, namely the company's COO Sheryl Sandberg.

We thought it would be interesting to hear from a successful woman like Sheryl Sandberg what she thinks about leadership and women. Her TED talk "Why We Have too Few Women Leaders" offers valuable insights.

News: More Layoffs Coming for Staff at Big Law Firms

It is not easy being a paralegal these days.

It seems that the trend of law firms reducing their permanent staff positions in favor of inshore and outshore outsourcing is not going to end any time soon.

A Life Story: Military Paralegal

Next month marks my nineteenth year in the service. For fourteen of those years I have served as a military paralegal. I have spent more time as a military paralegal than as a civilian paralegal.

Blog: Five Things to Learn During (and After) Paralegal School

Writing is refreshing.

As often happens, the article that I just finished writing not only introduced me to some new concepts but also reinforced what I’ve already learned. Funny how that happens, even when writing in a familiar niche. That’s what I like most about writing – it provides continuing “life education credits” that everyone can use once in a while, no matter what their profession is.

Video: The Optimism Bias

Tali Sharot shares an entertaining, yet insightful view of how humans (luckily) display a clear bias for optimism.

From TED:

Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side -- and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.

News: A ray of hope for the law firm industry during the first quarter of 2012

There were some signs of hope for the law firm industry during the first quarter of 2012, as demand grew modestly, reversing the decline seen in the fourth quarter of 2011. But while demand growth is good news, a similar growth rate in headcount meant that there was no change in the industry's productivity numbers.

Book Review: Law School Labyrinth by Steve Sedberry, Esq.

Thinking about going to law school or preparing to enter one next fall? Then one of the items on your to-do list should be to pick up a copy of Law School Labyrinth: A Guide to Making the Most out of Your Legal Education by Steve Sedberry, Esq. I read this terrific book and shall explain in detail why those contemplating law school don’t want to miss out on all the indispensable information inside!

News: Dewey Abruptly Lays Off 450 Employees

Employees stunned, as Dewey lays off 450 of its staff today. The firm had already shed more than a third of its partnership since the start of the year.

Pummeled by a heavy debt load due to an aggressive expansion strategy, the core of Dewey’s financial problems were brought upon the firm by the multiyear, multimillion-dollar guaranteed-pay packages that were given to its top lawyers and star recruits.