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August 2005

One Singular Inspiration

August 23, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

I love reading about the good deeds of solo attorneys, both because it reflects well on our profession and inspires me to do better.  Here’s another case of a “lone lawyer” doing good, Park Slope attorney, Theo Davis, who’s the subject of this article, Keeping Faith in Troubled Times.  The piece reports on Davis’ plans […]

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Next Time You Miss A Deadline, Why Not Change the Law?

August 23, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Apparently, for well-connected law firms in Connecticut, there’s a far more potent tool than pedestrian legal malpractice insurance for addressing legal malpractice claims: personal legislation.  As this opinion piece describes, a Sylvia Kuehl retained a prominent Connecticut law firm to represent her interests in a wrongful death action after her husband was killed in a […]

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Some New Networking Ideas

August 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Developing Businesses Takes Proper Networking, Stephen Melanson (August 18, 2005) offers some old standby ideas on networking as well as some new approaches. In the category of old standbys, there’s the usual advice on joining a chamber of commerce or a trade association.  As for a new idea, Melanson recommends starting your own […]

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Law Biz Blog Recognized

August 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

My colleague Ed Poll’s BizLaw Blog has been selected as a favorite blog site by the Institute of Management Assistance.  Ed has redesigned his blog sometime during the past few months and it looks and reads very well – so visit it if you’re looking for ways to improve your own law biz.

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Don’t Overlook the Lowly Law School Library

August 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

With so many legal research tools available on line, most lawyers neglect the lowly law school library as a resource.  But in my view, there’s nothing as valuable for research as a good law library.  In the jurisdiction where I practice, American University Washington College of Law Pence Law Library tops my list as an […]

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A Large Firm Can Be A Very Small Place When It Comes to Conflicts

August 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Less Conflicts, More Freedom (Connecticut Law Tribune, 8/22/05) describes the experience of two former Pepe & Hazard lawyers, Jennifer Cox and Jennifer Osweiki, who left a large firm to find greater freedom to build a health care practice.  The two lawyers, who’d been asked by Pepe to develop a health care practice found […]

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Courageous Lawyers Are Solo

August 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article from New York Lawyer (August 19, 2005) tells us solos what we already know — that going solo takes versatility and courage — as well as something we don’t —  that the number of lawyers willing to risk hanging a shingle has dwindled.  (I took issue with this survey in this prior post).  […]

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Is Pittsburgh the Pits for Law Firm Associates?

August 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Will we soon see a wave of new solo practice opening in the Pittsburgh area?  Perhaps, if there’s any truth to the recent survey by The Vault which found that associates at Pittsburgh law firms have the least job satisfaction (Tribune-Review, August 17, 2005).  So Pittsburgh associates – maybe it’s time to shingle.

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West Virginia Implements Malpractice Reporting Requirement

August 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

According to this article, (8/16/2005), West Virginia attorneys must file a disclosure with the State Bar Association as to whether they have malpractice insurance.  Eventually, the information could be made public, allowing people who want to hire a lawyer the ability to know if they have insurance coverage. Although for my first two years of […]

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Do You Recognize Any of These Clients?

August 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Greatest American Lawyer has at least two posts, here and here on problem clients.  Do you recognize any of those identified as your own?  And what are you going to do about it? SoloTips

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