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October 2005

Office a Go Go

October 20, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

From Jim Calloway comes this post, Office on the Go, which describes how lawyers can make their office transportable (no comment on whether this is always a good idea).  Jim recommends that if you can only have one machine, it should be a laptop.  And these days, laptops are inexpensive enough to justify.

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If Clients Can Grieve and Tell, Lawyers Should Be Able to Also

October 20, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

David Giacalone of f/k/a has this post about a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling reversing a gag rule on those who file ethics complaints against lawyers.  (more details from this Star Ledger article (10/20/05) here.)  Under the old rule, clients who filed grievances couldn’t discuss them publicly but now they can even though many of […]

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Malpractice Insurance, Cheap

October 20, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

The new Practice blog has some good tips on purchasing malpractice insurance, with the best for lawyers who practice in California.  Apparently, there’s a malpractice insurance prgoram that starts at $500 a year.  That’s the cheapest quote I’ve every heard – and it’s great news for those just starting out.

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Face Time Still Matters

October 18, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Quick tip from the Legal Marketing Blog: even in a high tech, remote access world, face time with clients still matters.

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Will the Yellow Pages Yellow With Age?

October 18, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Here’s an interesting post from Lawyer Advertising Blog entitled Yellow Page Advertising for Lawyers:  Where Have All the Calls Gone? According to the post, lawyers are reporting decreased calls from Yellow Pages advertising but are afraid to cut their losses and lose their ad.  Other professionals have reported similar results.  The post identifies the reasons […]

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A Marketing Blog to Follow

October 14, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This blog, Duct Tape Marketing looks like a great addition for your daily feeds.  I especially like Jill Konrath’s channel, Selling to Big Companies.  Why?  Well, most resources for solos tell us ways to pick up individual clients or small businesses.  Nothing wrong with that, of course; I’m proud that we solo and small firm […]

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Podcast on Opening A Practice

October 14, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

So, who’s been a solo long enough to remember when Jay Foonberg’s How to Start and Build a Law Practice was the only game in town?  These days, not only do the bar associations offer plentiful resources (many of which are listed here at our OnLine Guide), but weblogs like Greatest American Lawyer, Home Office […]

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A MyShingle Poll

October 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

My readers have probably realized that for the past couple of months I’ve been posting in spurts and clumps at a rate of two to three days a week.  I’ve been too busy to post every day and after much effort, am too disciplined to allow myself to spend any daylight hours getting carried away […]

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Solo Defends Blogger Anonymity

October 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Via this post at Greatest American Lawyer, I learned about the recent Delaware Supreme Court ruling that an elected official who’s been criticized by an anonymous blogger cannot use a defamation suit to compel disclosure of the blogger’s identity wihtou substantial evidence to prove the claim.  (See New York Times story).  But what really excited […]

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A Plug for Small Firms for Big Clients

October 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

As Patrick Lamb points out in this blog post (also referencing this post from The Wired GC), general counsels at large companies are getting tired of the fixation on the billable hour.  As Wired GC explains, billable hour not only increases the cost of legal services, but it’s making mid level associates miserable – and […]

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