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July 2005

Solos Learn From Clients’ Bad Experiences

July 9, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Within the past few months, I read an article, I believe at by a large firm associate, complaining about how much she disliked when other people she encountered shared their negative experiences with other attorneys.  (as I recall, in this case, the hotel bellhop had cornered her).  The associate wrote that she didn’t quite […]

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Free Legal Research For Louisiana

July 8, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Ernie the Attorney reports that the Louisiana Bar is offering Fastcase, a legal research service, free to its members.  Louisiana thus joins the twenty other bar associations that offer Casemaker, another free research service.  What I noticed about Fastcase is that it includes access to district court decisions dating back to the 1950’s.  This impressed […]

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Starting A Firm May Be the Only Escape from Biglaw Culture

July 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Tony DiRomualdo has this interesting article, Why Corporate Culture Counts, at the Wisconsin Technology Network. (7/7/05) that discusses the relationship between corporate culture and values.  He identifies examples of companies like Southwest, where positive corporate culture boosts employee morale, giving the company a leg up on competition.  But on the other side of the scale, […]

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More on Unbundling

July 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

In the past, we’ve posted some articles on unbundling of legal services because it offers revenue possibilities to solo and small firm lawyers whose clients may not have the resources to fully fund legal services.  Here’s another article on unbundling, Law Firms Find Revenues in Unbundling, National Law Journal,  July 6, 2005, that reports on […]

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Finding An Office By Playing Softball

July 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Not all networking needs to be as formal and nervewracking as a singles party.  Sometimes, you get to know colleagues in a more relaxed environment through activities like a bar softball  softball league, as described in this article, League Creates Connections On and Off the Field, Baltimore Business Journal (7/3/05).  The article describes how one […]

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More Biglaw Attorneys Starting Solo Biglaw Practices

July 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

We’ve more news to report about former biglaw attorneys who, like the biglaw attorneys here and here, have put out their shingles.  What’s unique about all of these new law firms is that they focus on practice areas like securities law, business transactions and communications which have traditionally been within the domain of large firm […]

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There’s No Place [to Practice] Like Home

July 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Unfortunately, sometimes even solo and small firm lawyers harbor stereotypes about a home office set-up. But if anyone can put those stereotypes to rest, it would be my fellow blogger and solo, Grant Griffiths, who’s just launched this new web log, Home Office Lawyer. These days, home office is more synonymous with high-tech than homely, […]

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Solos and Small Firms Should Cautious When It Comes to Litigation Financing

July 4, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Fellow solo and small firm lawyers:  another litigation financing company wants to sell you a service, claiming that it’s just what you need. According to this recent press release,  LegalFish Bridges the Funding Gap for Plaintiffs and Attorneys in Litigation.: The purpose of the [Life Funding] program will provide access to non-recourse loans that can […]

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Shinglers Doing Some on the Side

July 4, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

While many continue to gripe about the second class status of women at biglaw, other women lawyers have taken a different path entirely, not just starting their own practices but finding spare time to start several businesses in one case and embark on a masters running career in another.  This article, Lawyers Have A Bent […]

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A Salute To Sandra Day O’Connor, Former Shingler

July 2, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Sandra Day O’Connor leaves two legacies as she departs the United State Supreme Court.  the legacy that will garner the most attention in today’s weblogs and tomorrow’s history books, of course, is that of her quarter of a century as the nation’s first female Supreme Court justice.  But Sandra Day O’Connor leaves another equally important […]

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