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August 2005

4 p.m. – Another Reason that I Love Solo Practice

August 31, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

At four p.m., my workday ends , at least until late at night.  Four p.m. is when I leave the house to pick up my daughters, nearly 6 and 9 from the bus stop around the corner.  I walk them home and we talk about their day.  The older one generally blurts out a million […]

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Refunds for Shoddy Service – If It’s Good Enough for Biglaw, It’s Good Enough for Solos

August 31, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Payback for Bad Service, Connecticut Law Tribune (8/29/05) caught my eye for several reasons.  The article reports that a North Haven, Connecticut attorney, Bruce Killion has has been ordered to pay his former clients more than $25,000 for shoddy representation.  The clients had retained Killion to represent them in a slip and fall […]

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Cincinnati Law Library Adds New Benefits

August 31, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Law Library Offers Virtual Services (Cincinnati Business Journal 8/29/05) reports on some of the new, free computerized research services offered by the Cincinnati Law Library Association.  The services include computerized legal research by Fastcase.com and a journal service, HeinOnline.  (as an aside, I’ve used Hein Online at the American University Pence Law Library […]

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New Edmunston Solo Featured

August 31, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, A Local Woman With A Plan (8/31/05) reports on former city attorney May Ann Karns new private practice in Edmund, Oklahoma complete with pink velvet armchair.  After serving as a fulltime city attorney for Edmund and Stillwater, another municipality, Karns’ will In Edmond, represent developers and residential clients in her private practice and […]

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Blawg Review #21

August 28, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Ah, the joy of being host of a Blawg Review during the last week of August which is a time of endings (summer) and beginnings (school).  So I’ve got a built in theme:  Endings, Beginnings and the Transitions and Crossings in Between.  I’ll list posts by theme but I’m going to be brief with links […]

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Lawyers Can Be A Star and A Mom on Their Own

August 28, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

It’s always bittersweet when I read articles like this one,  Work Family Divide Keeps Numbers of Women Low, Rachel Osterman (8/20/05) about women attorneys leaving firms because they find them incompatible with raising a family.  Without sounding too much like John Roberts, I’m all in favor of attorneys – male or female – who choose […]

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Breaking Up [A Law Firm] Is Hard to Do

August 28, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

For a couple formerly in love, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.  But for lawyers at a firm, who stuck together for the sake of money, breaking up is even more difficult as demonstrated by this article, Court Fight Pits Barnes Firm Versus Defecting Top Lawyer, Michael Beebe (8/28/05).  As the article reports, the split […]

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Small Firm Contest

August 28, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Monica Bay of Common Scold has this announcement to all Small Firms: The Small Firm Business 2005 Best Practices Awards competition has just been announced! Here’s your chance to show the blawgosphere — hey! the entire legal community — how your firm shines in six key law firm management areas. We’re seeking nominations in the […]

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Should Solos Blog – An Alternative View

August 28, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

I’m sure that no one’s surprised that I endorse blogging for solo and small firm lawyers, not as an end in itself but as part of an overall marketing portfolio, as I once wrote here.  At the same time, I believe that blogs don’t have to be time consuming if you don’t want them to […]

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Take A Vacation TO Marketing

August 28, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Via this post at Arnie Herz’s  Legal Sanity comes a bunch of marketing ideas, including a link to this article (Boston Globe 8/21/05) about how to turn vacation into marketing opportunities.  Nothing stressful here that would spoil a vacation, but things you might do anyway such as striking up a conversation with people you meet, […]

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