Legal Networking Through Professional Orgs

There is a great post over at Lifehack.org about the virtues of "professional volunteering." This is a great introduction to the concept of networking by volunteering for professional organizations. Of note for people in the legal profession, this would probably include organizations like the local bar association and specialized groups depending upon your practice area.

From the article:
… [O]nce you’re safe and sound in a position you’re okay with, you can use volunteering to build a powerful network and increase your marketability. … My advice if you’d like to …





Blogging Frees the Mind (and it helps your career)

I am pretty new to blogging, so I am trying to figure out what it is actually doing for/to me. I was inspired to write this because of an article I just read over at Home Office Lawyer about the strategic benefits of blogging (for your career). The article has some interesting things to consider that apply to probably any career, and especially one oriented around client service, like the law. Anyway, here are my thoughts on blogging and how …





Kill Your Mouse: Automate Mouse Clicks

This is the final installment of the Kill Your Mouse series.

By now everyone should have a firm grasp of keyboard shorcuts that save clicking with the mouse. Also, hopefully you have taken the few minutes necessary to get a grasp of our new best friend, AutoHotkey, which can launch programs as easy as pressing a key on the keyboard. The final step in killing your mouse is to take AutoHotkey to the next level. Hold onto your chairs, since you will be amazed …





Law Libraries are Great, in Moderation

As finals approach, I imagine that many of my fellow students are spending an inordinate amount of time in their respective law libraries.  Aside from the social benefits that some people seem to find in the library, they can help with productivity as well.

A great article on the subject was just posted on My Shingle, which illustrates eight reasons solo practitioners should use law libraries.  My favorite two are numbers one and five: librarians and space.  I think these apply to everyone in the legal profession from law …


Web Surfing at the Firm

It seems that a common topic in the news today is surfing the internet while at work. I am just thinking out loud how this might affect a lawyer's career and productivity.

First of all, many employers do not seem to mind their employees checking out a few web pages during down time, keeping up with the news, etc. In fact, I would bet that in many occupations, monitoring developments via the internet can be crucial to doing a good job. I suppose the question would be whether this applies to lawyers. Surely, keeping an eye on …


Should Law Firms Include Employee’s Blogs on Their Site?

I just ran across an interesting post on Real Lawyers Have Blogs that suggests law firms should use RSS to include content from their employee's blogs on the firm's main site. While this idea is interesting, I wonder what ramifications it might have.

I am an aspiring law student, hoping to make it into a big firm one day, but I'm not sure I would want the firm to include my blog on their site. In fact, I'm not sure that I want the firm to even know …


Review: T-Mobile Blackberry 8700g

Gizmodo posted a pretty thorough review of the T-Mobile Blackberry 8700g. All in all, it looks like a pretty good device. The reviewer sums it up pretty nicely:
Really, on the whole, I liked the 8700g quite a lot. I could imagine getting a wee bit possessive of it had I been using it in the context of a more BlackBerry-friendly email account, one with junk mail filtering and folders that the unit could understand. It’s definitely worth a look for most folks, which is higher praise than I can give to most mobile devices.
Do …


Relax and Work at the Same Time

My wife is the greatest!  :)  

Saturday I was working hard on my research term paper, and my back began to hurt pretty bad. I finally leaned back in my chair and got a bit more comfortable, when my wife came up with a great plan. She put a large (3") binder underneath my laptop, raising the screen and tilting the keyboard to a better angle. Then she put a towel on the edge of the desk for me to rest my arms on.  To complete the legal-writing-in-comfort setup she put a pillow in the back of my …


Kill Your Mouse: Launch Applications with a Key Press

This is the third installment of the Kill Your Mouse series.I hope that everyone has been busy learning their keyboard shortcuts.  I have been trying to improve my own memory of them as well.  Hopefully by now you realize the important time that you can save by knowing a few of these handy shortcuts.Step it up a NotchToday’s tip will take your keyboard skills a bit further.  Beware: This is not for the faint-of-heart.  But, I do have faith that everyone can understand and utilize the concepts presented here.  What kind of a blogger would I …


More Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Just when I post what I think is a good start on keyboard shortcuts, I run across an awesome post like this one from Lifehack.org. They found a list of "Windows keyboard shortcuts you never knew existed," which even has me grinning. :)

I think it just goes to show that no matter how much we know, there is always something more we can learn.

Now it's time to study our keyboard shortcuts a little more, and get ready for the next installment of "Kill Your Mouse". It's coming to this blog near you…very soon.

Windows Keyboard …


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