In my 25+ years of experience as a legal secretary I saw a lot of paper. . Guess what? Now that I work as a Professional Organizer I know that attorneys are NOT alone – all my clients have problems with paper.
My guess is that all the paper I’ve handled in all the various firms I’ve worked for would be enough to extend Battery Park – but perhaps I’m overstating the case. I’ve also come to believe that paper left unattended too long tends to procreate.
In any event, there are several things I’ve noticed when working with attorneys and I’ve come up with a few minor tweaks that you can incorporate your routine for handling paper that might bring some instant order:
TIP #1 Have all personal mail sent home – not to the office. This includes bills, subscriptions that are not work-related (and that you can’t deduct off your taxes) and catalogs. A lot of incoming personal mail is marketing related and generated by making online purchases from work – and then using your work address as a shipping address. Billing, subscriptions and other catalogs that are work-related should be immediately separate from any in-house work-related paper. Here’s a GREAT little video and extensive list of organizations to cut down the junk mail (the soundtrack is a little kitschy but the list is really useful).
Stay tuned for more tips!
In addition to being AABANY’s Administrative Assistant, Margaret Langston is a Professional Organizer. Her business, BEAUTIFUL CORNER, offers full organization services for the home or small business. BEAUTIFUL CORNER’s goal is help simplify the lives of its clients so that they may achieve optimum organization and full productivity at home and at work. BEAUTIFUL CORNER offers onsite and virtual service. For more information go to www.beautifulcorner.com.
Epoch Times (9/8/11) Reports on Redistricting Hearing in Queens
The September 8, 2011, edition of Epoch Times reported on the public hearing held in Queens on Sept. 7 by LATFOR, the state re-districting commission, noting the presence of many Asian American community groups, including AABANY as a member of ACCORD, at the hearing. Click on the image below to read the article in Chinese. Translated article appears here as a PDF file. (Thanks to Wei-Fang (Frank) Luo for the translation.) Coverage of the hearing also appeared on NY1 (follow this link on our blog). To read the testimony by AABANY, click here.
Press Release: Joint Minority Bar Judicial Screening Panel
Recently, AABANY, together with representatives from the Association of Black Women Attorneys, Black Bar Association of Bronx County, Dominican Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association of New York, interviewed judicial candidates for Civil Court and Supreme Court in Kings County and New York County and issued ratings for each candidate that appeared before the panel. The report of the qualification ratings appears in a September 9, 2011, press release, the text of which is contained in the link in the title. AABANY was privileged to serve with the other minority bar associations to carry out the important work of this screening panel.
Citizenship Clinic on 9/17 Presented by MinKwon Center and AABANY
This Free Legal Clinic provides a great opportunity for AABANY attorneys to give back to the Asian American community members by providing basic legal consultation and application assistance for Citizenship Application.
It is scheduled to take place on Sept. 17 from 11 am to 5 pm at MinKwon’s offices in Flushing, Queens. CLE training available for non-expert attorneys.
Click on the image to download the flyer, or click on the link in the title for more details.
Queens Residents Fear Divided Neighborhoods Through Gerrymandering – NY1.com
NY1 covered the Sept. 7 Queens public hearings held by LATFOR, the state legislative commission on redistricting, at which members of ACCORD, including AABANY, AALDEF and MinKwon, presented testimony in support of fair redistricting that gives Asian Americans a meaningful voice in the electoral process.
Korea Society: An Evening with Wesley Yang (9/7)
Our friends at KALAGNY alerted us to this event at the Korea Society which includes a cocktail reception to launch the Society’s Young Professionals’ Network. To learn more, click on the link in the title.
WSJ Law Blog’s “Rethinking Associate Pay”
Interesting article on law firm associate pay. Does this article merely confirm what we already knew?
What does it take to keep associates happy and committed to their firms?
Heaping wads of cash, right?
Not necessarily. In its annual associate satisfaction survey, the American Lawyer found that associates worked hard last year, logging 2,037 billable hours, on average. That averages out to almost 8 billable hours every single week day of 2010. Ouch.
The fact that associates billed more hours last year, in comparison to 2009, is good news for the industry. But, not surprisingly, associate satisfaction was down last year, according to AmLaw. (Click here to read an overview of the survey’s findings.)
If higher pay and special bonuses don’t make associates satisfied with their jobs, what will it take? Better work assignments? More courtroom experience? Less hours? More mentoring?
Is the billable hour to blame or does job satisfaction depend on each law firm’s culture and philosophy? Are associates expecting too much?
Let us know your thoughts.
NYCLA Special Event on Sept. 7 to Commemorate 9/11
NYCLA hosts a Special Event: 9/11 – Refuting Stereotypes & Challenging the Common Wisdom. Among the speakers will be Margaret Fung, Executive Director, AALDEF. For more information, click on the link in the title.
Slideshow of photos from AABANY Happy Hour at Roam on Aug. 31, 2011. Thanks to everyone for coming!