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February 2006

Cheney’s Victim Is A Famous Solo in his Own Right

February 19, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Harry Whittington has been in the news recently as the victim in a hunting accident involving Vice President Cheney, but before this event, he’d earned a reputation as a famous solo in his own right.  As this article from the Austin Statesman describes, Whittington’s successful legal battles included ensuring that the state properly spent the […]

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February 17, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

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February 17, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

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And Where Were the Solo Women Lawyers? (probably too busy blogging, running businesses and practicing law to complain…)

February 13, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This article Women Aiming for Partnership Face Persistent Problems (NYLawyer 2/10/06) reported on a New York City Bar Association Symposium, attended by a mostly female crowd of 300 that addressed a persistent question:  “When will the legal profession see sex equality throughout its ranks?” According to the article, the Symposium apparently bemoaned what we’ve heard […]

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Changing Practice Areas: Harder for Biglaw Than Solos

February 13, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

It’s rather ironic that lawyers at a 1000 person mega-firm, with specialized departments galore, apparently have a more difficult time changing practice areas than solos.  At least that’s the impression that I gathered from reading this somewhat depressing article, Retooling Strategies by Gail Cutter (NYLJ Feb. 10, 2006), which discusses the difficulties and risks that […]

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Electronic Filing Changing the Practice of Law

February 12, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Grant Griffiths wishes for electronic filing in his state courts after learning more about the federal e-filing system (now in place in 87 percent of federal courts) where lawyers automatically receive notice of filings .  I can’t blame Grant.   Particularly for lawyers who practice from home, who may not live near the courts, there’s nothing […]

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Lawyer Hotlines – Another Marketing Tool?

February 12, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Batman!  There’s a Lawyer on the Line! (ABA e-report 2/10/5)discusses a law firm’s use of hotlines, a no-dial phone placed in a high traffic area like a currency exchange.  Clients can pick up the phone, reach a hotline and get a call back within an hour.  The article doesn’t describe the effectiveness of […]

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More Suits Against Biglaw Firms

February 12, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Used to be that large firm incompetence was another dirty little secret in the bar.  I don’t mean to imply that large firm lawyers are less competent than solos, because that’s not the case.  My point is that incompetence and unethical conduct runs evenly throughout the bar, from top to bottom, with any lawyers capable […]

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When I Grow Up I Want My Own Firm

February 8, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

You know the indignities that you sometimes put up with as a solo, particularly when you work at home?  The comments like "wow, must be nice to do whatever you want all day long" or the implication that you are available to babysit or take a trip spur of the moment?  Sometimes, they’re enough to […]

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Mission Possible

February 8, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Allison Shields has a great article about the importance of mission statements in the February 2006 issue of GP Solo.  Allison explains why you should have a mission statement and sets out steps on how to write one.  She adds that everything you do in your practice must be based on and measured against the […]

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