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January 2006

Why Would You Blog At Biglaw?

January 30, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Can any biglaw associates answer this question for me:  why would you write posts for a biglaw blog?  Recently, I’ve been checking out some of the biglaw blogs, like Sheppard Mullin’s Antitrust Law Blog, Davis, Wright & Tremaine’s Telecom Law Blog or Preston, Ellis, Gate’s e-Discovery Blog.  Though presumably associates write the bulk of the […]

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How Responsive Are You?

January 29, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

In this recent post at More Partner Income, Tom Collins asks whether an attorney who has a one day turn-around to respond to email and phone calls is being responsive.  Tom Collins says no, as does Ed Poll.  As a practicing attorney, however, I don’t completely agree. Some days, I might return late to my […]

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The Travelling Lawyer

January 29, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

If you’re going solo and can’t afford an office, don’t feel badly.  In fact, celebrate – because the lack of an office will enable you to follow in the tradition of Thomas Hall, the subject of this article, He house calls; attorney breaks free from tradition (Journal Times, 1/27/06).    As the article describes: Since […]

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NH Limits on Small Claims Court Won’t Help Lawyers

January 29, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

David Giacalone of f/k/a writes this post about a New Hampshire bill that would reduce the jurisdictional limit in small claims court in New Hampshire from $5000 to $2500.  Lest anyone think that this kind of legislation is a lawyers-relief bill in disguise, I can assure you that it is not.  A case valued at […]

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IOLTA Pioneer (and Shingler) With A Killer App

January 27, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Remember back in the dotcom days, when everyone’s goal was to develop that killer app, a computer program that is so useful that people will invest in a particular machine or hardware simply to run that program?  In law, a killer app is harder to come by, yet  Henry Zapruder, who died earlier this week […]

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Let Your Fingers Do the Walking…At the Keyboard, Not the Yellow Pages

January 27, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Not sure how many folks remember a tagline for one of the Yellow Pages books – “Let your fingers do the walking….” Seems that our fingers are doing just that, walking right out of the Yellow Pages and over to the computer keyboard.  Or at least, that seems to be the trend as first this […]

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Leaving A Law Firm: More Resources and A Prediction

January 27, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Adding to this earlier compilation of resources on leaving a firm is this recent article, Practicing Ethics: Soliciting Clients, David Keyko, New York Lawyer (1/27/06).  The article summarizes various New York professional code provisions governing client solicitation, including when lawyers depart a firm. In researching this issue lately, I consulted fellow blogger Dennis Kennedy’s excellent […]

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Good and BAD Tips on Making Speaking Opportunities Effective

January 25, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Speaking Opportunities Need to Be BAD to Be Effective, Julie Meyer (Legal Intelligencer, 1/19/06) starts out promisingly enough, with BAD tips (Before, During and After) on making the most of speaking opportunities.  Among other tips, Mayer recommends sending out an invitation or announcement before making your speech and obtaining the list of conference […]

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Ohio Bar Won’t Allow Lawyers to Say They Offer Cut Rate Service

January 25, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Via this post from Allison Shields as LegalEase is a link to this ABA e-report article (1/20/06) on the Ohio Bar’s disiplinary board’s recent ruling that ocupons for free or discounted legal services violate the Ohio Code.  The board found that coupons characterize a lawyer’s legal services as “discount” and thus, run afoul of commentary […]

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Why Do Lawyers Have to Be Forced to Take CLE?

January 24, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Attorneys’ education is an ongoing process (Business Journal of Phoenix, 1/23/06) reports on Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in Arizona, which has been a required since 1989.  The article talks about the importance of CLE and the bar’s flexibility in allowing the requirements satisfied through a variety of differently priced options.  But I’d have […]

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