Auditing Your Law Firm’s Technology

Technology can be a double-edged sword if you aren’t careful.  You have to temper Shiny Object Syndrome with functionality.  While it can be easy for law firms to get caught up in the “pretty” aspects of new technology – hardware and software, the actual purchases of technology should be done with an eye toward rejuvenating your firm and rethinking productivity and work flow.

I recommend that law firms do an annual technology audit to ascertain whether 1) technological needs are being met, 2) hardware is measuring up to the tasks at hand, and 3) your firm has technological bottlenecks reducing productivity.  Below are steps to take and ideas to think about when looking at your law firm’s technology. Continue reading

A Sad Story With No Commentary

This is a sad story about a friend of mine.  I relate it to you with no commentary of my own.

After getting her BA, she floundered around in the wide-open marketplace.  After a couple of years of lackluster jobs, she decided she wanted to be a paralegal.  After researching programs, she decided that she wanted a master’s degree.  After enrolling at a well-known college, she started her program where many of her classes were actually at the law school.  She was doing the same classwork as future attorneys in those classes.  She graduated at the top of her class and was hired on at a mid-sized firm. Continue reading

Hey, Paralegals: This is Just for You

Many of my posts are written for paralegals and attorneys – I think. This one is just for you, Paralegals.

In fact, this post is more of a solicitation for your input.  Here’s my question: What do you wish other paralegals knew?

I’ve written posts on what paralegals wish attorneys knew and vice versa. Now I want to know what you, Paralegals, want other paralegals to know.

This is my list:

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“Me” Time is Important, Too

I love to be productive, and sometimes that leads me to simply take on too much.  My personal inclination is to work (on something, anything) until I absolutely fall over.  Staying home for the evening and doing nothing seems like a total waste to me, but you know what, sometimes that’s exactly what I have to do. Continue reading

Generation Why: Love the Infiltration

I could try to articulate to you the number of times I’ve gotten in trouble for asking the question “Why?” but it’s not necessary. It was a lot. A lot.  I never intend my questions to be rude or disrespectful, but I can see how it could come off that way.  The question “why” can seem like a criticism of a person, a procedure, or a policy. Continue reading

Feeling Good Means Working Good

Like most people, I would imagine, I really hate going to the doctor.  I wait until the pain is so bad or the problem is so disruptive that I simply have no choice than to make an appointment (and inevitably be annoyed by the fact that I have to wait a day or two: “I’m sick! Can’t you tell?!?!”), sit in a waiting room for who knows how long, have a nurse poke at me and ask personal questions, and then have a doctor do the exact same thing.  That’s not even the end! Then I have to mosey down to the pharmacy in the middle of my day and wait for what has been prescribed to me to fix that pain/illness/whatever that I’ve let get too bad. Continue reading