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March 2006

Cherry Blossoms, 2005

March 30, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

David Giacalone reminded me that it’s cherry blossom time here in DC.  Unfortunately, I have been so busy with a very important brief that I don’t think I will have a chance to see them this year.  But here are some photos from 2005:

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The Journey to Solo Practice Begins With a Shingle Step

March 26, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Just got word of two new blogs contemplating a leap to solo practice –  Basquette and Talk About Solo, as well as one new solo, Not Guilty, who has just launched.  Who knows – maybe you’ll be next! Update:  And there’s yet another one, Oklahoma Solo.

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Small Time Lawyer, Big Time Impact

March 26, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This article on the death of New York attorney, Joel Scelsi, will make you proud to be called a “small town lawyer.”  Where else can you handle such a wide array of cases and be known around town as the person to go to for help if someone finds themselves in trouble. After reading articles […]

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Who Answers Your Phones: Man or Machine?

March 26, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Tom Kane of Legal Marketing Blog posts on the importance of a human answering a phone.  Tom is certainly right that you shouldn’t regularly let phone calls go to voice mail, particularly when you’re in the office.  At the same time, I’m not so certain about the importance of having a receptionist pick up.  As […]

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Resource Article

March 22, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant


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Pros and Cons of Independent Practice

March 22, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Greatest American Lawyer posts on the mostly good of independent practice and links to this post by Russ Krajec on a similar theme.

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Doctor-Patient, Clients or Customers?

March 22, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Lawyers aren’t the only ones starting to focus on the importance of client relations (as evidenced by the proliferation of blogs like What About Clients and In Search of Perfect Client Service).  Peter Salgo, a professor of medicine at Columbia University, has this op-ed piece The Doctor Will See You Now for Seven Minutes in […]

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By Price Alone?

March 22, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s been some discussion on some of the listserves that I frequent about the Brodsky Law Firm which competes, proudly and flagrantly, on price alone.  Predictably, Brodsky’s strategy has generated a slew of remarks like “you get what you pay for” or comments critical of this “race to the bottom,” but I see things a […]

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Why Solo Practice is Like A Box of Chocolates

March 22, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

What I love most about solo practice is that, to quote Forrest Gump, it’s like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.  And as this article, Big Case for Fledgling Lawyer, Don Thompson, AP (3/19/06) bears out, you just might get the case of your life eighteen months out […]

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Arizona Makes It Easier to Check Up on Lawyers

March 22, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

According to this article, the Arizona State Bar now includes records of formal disciplinary action against lawyers at its website to help consumers “weed out lawyers with spotty records while searching for representation.”  You might think that someone like me, who constantly complains that bars unfairly target solo and small firm lawyers (as I did […]

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