Check this out http://www.smithmag.net/
It is ridiculously cathartic! It is ridiculously fun!
I always thought that I would be the first one to welcome anarchy.
Turns out anarchy is best viewed from quite a distance. I wasn't that concerned over the government shut down. I figured I wouldn't be effected, although I do have empathy for those employees that are furloughed. Other than having my passport renewal delayed a bit, I didn't give it much thought... until I realized that I work for a law firm that has a case pending in just about every federal court in the country.
OK so now I am concerned, and confused. I found this resource which was of minimal help to me right now but could be an enormous help in the future.
Imagine, if you could, being in prison.
Imagine, if you possibly could, being in prison for a crime you didn't commit.
I can barely tolerate waiting on the subway when there is a ten minute delay. I couldn't possibly imagine being in prison for a crime I didn't commit. I don't think you can either.
Trust me, I know that prisons are full of guilty people, but there are also innocent prisoners. Some of these prisoners have been put to death for a crime they did not commit. Prisoners have actually been found innocent AFTER they have been put to death. That should give you pause the next time you want to cry "not fair" shouldn't it? We all know that life if not fair and the sooner you learn it the better off you will be. But this goes beyond "not fair" this is taking away someone's life whether it be the death penalty or life in prison.
Everyone feeling sad now? GOOD! Now here's what you can do about it. Contact the Innocence Project. Many states have local offices where you can get the training that you need to help someone who is innocent. You can help fix the system. You can be a catalyst for change. You can be someone's hope. I double dog dare ya! When you can help someone who has no choices, it feels so damn good.
Here is a link to the Innocence Project that will help you understand what you can do to help What I can do to help
The link to the Innocence Project website is Innocence Project
If you need more information or have questions please email me.
I feel the need to be uber inspiring today.
Have you heard about "Ted?"
Ted is a website (of course) of video speeches of ideas worth spreading.
If you logged on today you would find:
Onora O'Neill : What we don't understand about trust.
Andreas Forgacs : Leather and meat without killing animals.
Marla Spivak : Why bees are disappearing. * I was once told that Albert Einstein told us humans to be very afraid when the bees disappeared. I spent weeks trying to verify this statement and could find nothing to substantiate the statement. Maybe Marla can shed some light on this bee situation.
C'mon this is an awesome sample of what you can learn! Type anything in the search box and I bet my good eye you will find an awe inspiring speech with an idea that is definitely worth spreading.
www.ted.com -- check it out, then pass it on to someone else and inspire them.
Might also be a good spot to find, lets say, an expert?
Our firm uses Best Authority to generate Tables of Authority for briefs. Its a wonderful product and I have never had any problems with it... until last week.
We were trying to get a brief out the door, you know the scenario -- its late, everyone is tired, everyone is trying to pitch in to help. I ran the Table of Authorities using Best Authority, kept the Table of Authorities to print cases that were unreported for the brief and handed the brief off to another paralegal for proofreading (remember I cannot proofread unless everyone in my office suddenly goes blind) that's the rule.
I go through the Table of Authorities and start printing cases. I check them twice and send the cases down to the attorney. The attorney calls and tells me that I am missing cases. Ummm... no I'm not. Yes you are. I don't think so. Want to see it? Yes!
Turns out that Best Authority did not pick up all the cases on the Table of Authorities. All of the cases were cited properly. I have always checked the Table of Authorities to make sure that the cases are cited to the correct page, but in the 10 years I have been using that software it never occurred to me to check to make sure it picked up every case.
Learn from my mistake!
Anyone who has ever read this blog knows that I wait with bated breath for this list every year. It's the Beloit 2017 Mindset List for incoming freshman. The list is 60 items that make this graduating class different from all others.
It can be found at http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2017/
I was a bit disappointed this year. In previous years I seem to remember being shocked at some of the items on the list. This year, not so much. Only two really stuck out for me.
#19. Plasma has never been just a bodily fluid
#60. They have always known that there are "five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes" in a year. * how do they know this... is it a rap song I missed... because I didn't even know it.
Don't let me taint you to the list. Check it out. I always think its important to keep on top of what our young people are up to, before you know it they may be sitting on your jury.
Very interesting on so many levels.
Just about every person that I spoke to this week was feeling "blue" - maybe its waiting for spring, tired of winter or any number of reasons.
So here are a few quotes that I keep close by that help me when I am feeling blue or green or coral.
1. If at first you don't succeed, see if the loser gets anything.
2. If you make a rug of yourself, don't cry when someone walks on you. (My grandmother)
3. The harder I try, the luckier I am.
4. And our credo: Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc. We gladly feast on those who would subdue us. Not just pretty words. (Morticia Addams) -- this is my all time favorite quote
5. I never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)
6. If money were no object ______________. (my friend Cathy)
Feeling any better?
I was speaking to a friend recently who was completely stressed out at work because she feels she is being bullied by her boss. About 15 years ago I had a similar situation. I worked with three fabulous attorneys and one total jackass.
Lets face it... if you are going to work with lawyers you better have a tough skin. But that doesn't mean that you should also have heartburn, headaches, trouble sleeping or anxiety because you work with lawyers.
Bullying is a serious offense whether you are in grade school or the work place. It should not be tolerated in any environment. I am attaching a PDF with some guidelines and on the first page I highlighted a couple things that you as a paralegal should expect working in a law office, its just the nature of the beast. The PDF contains some tips and some guidelines for getting help if you feel you are being bullied. If you feel that you are being bullied -- do something about it. My grandmother always said "If you make a rug of yourself, don't cry when people walk on you."
And here is my super secret tip for handling unreasonable deadlines - if I am asked to do something in one hour I say it will take me two hours. I know and you know that the attorney will be looking for it in half the time anyway. So I either have the task completed or I still have the option of squeezing out a little more time to complete the task. A lawyer can throw out an unreasonable deadline but don't ever, ever agree to it unless you can come through on it.
Algebra is the bane of my existence, and has been since 9th grade! I had to take remedial Algebra four times before I passed it to get in to regular Algebra and this was about five years ago. Seriously, this is true and I have witnesses. I'm pretty sure the only reason I passed the fourth time was I begged for mercy, and I do mean begged! Well its time for me to take the Algebra I class so that I can get in to a Statistics class (which I will no doubt pass with flying colors) but the Algebra, well I am not exaggerating when I say just the thought of it sends shivers up my spine.
What to do? What to do? Well as luck would have it I was on vacation last week listening to NPR and there was a discussion about Khan Academy. What piqued my interest was Khan Academy was helping students with Algebra. Hey I'm a student and I surely need help. So I log on to www.khanacademy.org to see whats up. EUREKA!
Not only were there a zillion videos on Algebra but a zillion more on a boat load of other topics as well -- on just about anything you want to know. Financial planning, the financial collapse, history - you name it.
They weren't kidding when they called it "Academy!" Its free and you can learn just about anything.
A must, must, must check it out site!