Sunday, October 14, 2007

Announcing: Advanced Ethics Course

On Thursday, October 18, 2007, I will be presenting 'Advanced Ethics' on NALA Campus Live! sponsored by the National Association of Legal Assistants.

This course expands on the popular basic ethics course. It focuses on complex ethics issues faced by paralegals and legal assistants working in law firms, governmental agencies and corporations, with particular emphasis on the unauthorized practice of law, conflicts of interest and confidentiality. The rules, regulations and responsibilities guiding the ethical behavior of paralegal professionals are discussed, as well as case law, the ABA Model Rules, NALA's Code of Ethics and Model Standards and Guidelines for the Utilization of Legal Assistants.

The presentation begins at 12:00 p.m. CST. For additional information and registration go to


Monday, October 8, 2007

Try a Commitment Diet...

Diet_scales_2Did you get a call this week to work on a new project, a new job, or a new committee? Did you say 'yes' and find yourself feeling overwhelmed, with more responsibilities than ever?

If so, you may suffer from 'pick-me-itis'...the dread disease that afflicts many of us: when someone asks for a volunteer, we wave our arms wildly like an enthusiastic third grader, saying "Pick me! Pick me!" And, of course, we're chosen.

If this sounds all too familiar, you may need to go on a really simple diet...a comitment diet. Here's how it works: when you make a new commitment, you give up another commitment. This only makes sense. If you are already too busy and overwhelmed, how do you think you can add another commitment? You can't. Instead, you have to give something up to make room for the new. This is the secret to keeping your life in balance.

The big pay-off comes when you give up two or three less important commitments! The result will be free time to do the things that make you happy. Remember, instead of doing more things, choose to do more important things.

I'd be interested in knowing if any of my readers are on a commitment diet? Is it working? How did you learn to say 'no' and let go of the guilt that accompanies turning someone down?


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Just a Reminder

On Thursday, October 4, 2007, I will be presenting 'Time Organization Strategies and Techniques' on NALA Campus Live sponsored by the National Association of Legal Assistants.

Do you have too little time and too much to do? Do you procrastinate? Do you suffer from information overload? Has the word "no" disappeared from your vocabulary? If so, this course is for you!

The presentation begins at 12:00 p.m. CST. For additional information and registration go to