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January 2005

The Solo Blog That Never Was

January 18, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Evan Schaeffer of Legal Underground has this entertaining post on Anonymous Solo, the weblog on the day-to-day life of a solo that never quite got off the ground.

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From Regulatory Biglaw Attorney to Cutting Edge Reproduction Specialist

January 18, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

What you may want to know upfront is that this article, Fatherhood by a New Formula, Sandra Boodman, Washington Post (1/18/05) isn’t really about small firm attorneys.  Rather, it’s more about a growing trend of gay men who are becoming dads using egg donors and a gestational surrogate.  But in the course of reading the […]

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A2J Project

January 18, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Internet Attorney:  More Than Pro Se, New Factor Network (1/17/05) reports on the Chicago-Ken College of Law’s Access to Justice (A2J) program that includes a sophisticated computer system for pro se litigants to file complaints and pleadings.  But it also includes other toosl such as a “Logic Learner” that teaches litigants how to […]

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Big Firm Partners: Not Much More Than Small Time Employees

January 14, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Big firm partnership.  In many legal circles, big firm partnerships are regarded as the brass ring, the peak of the legal mountain.  Law students dream of them, young associates sacrifice their personal lives to 80 hour work weeks to vie for them while even federal judges leave the bench for them, succumbing to the temptation […]

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How A Little Lawsuit Now Threatens A Lawyer’s Career – and How to Avoid this Mess

January 13, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, He’s Sure He’s Right But He’s All Alone (1/9/05) describes the epic of Mark Adams, who finds himself on the brink of losing his law license all because of a case that he filed on behalf of a client back in 2001.   How he went from one situation to the other reflects much […]

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Hot Practice Area Alert

January 13, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This month’s issue of Law Practice Management (Jan/Feb 2005) contain’s Robert Denney’s annual Trends Report:  What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession. Topping the list of hot practice areas are employment law, IP and contingency litigation (though not for personal injury, which is cool due to tort reform legislation).   Also hot, but less […]

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Small Firm Effort for Tsunami Victims

January 13, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Matt Homann has issued this challenge to solo and small firm lawyers to collectively raise $100,000 for tsunami victims.  Visit the link and see how to help.

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The Birth of Two New Practices and Weblogs

January 8, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

One of the things that I love most about running MyShingle and writing my column for Small Firm Business is that it’s put me in touch with dozens of readers – law students and practicing attorneys – who aspire to start a practice.  As much as I enjoy the stability of my practice now, there […]

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Still Waiting for My Archives

January 8, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Our long time readers will recall that our site has been in operation for two years and had working links, deep archives and a nifty On Line Guide to Starting a Law Firm.  Unfortunately, we still are not able to make these amenities available yet.  Please keep checking back for when MyShingle returns to its […]

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More Marketing Tips – For When Business is Slow

January 8, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

January must be national marketing month for lawyers.  Here’s yet another article on marketing, this one by Kimberly Fanady on What to Do When the Phone Stops Ringing , Small Firm Business (January 10, 2005).   There’s likely to be at least one tip in the article that may work for you – and by turning […]

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