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March 2006

Why Do So Few Women Reach the Top At Large Firms – And Why Do We Care?

March 20, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This past weekend’s New York Times article Why Do So Few Women Reach the Top of Big Law Firms? (Timothy O’Brien, 3/19/06) makes me ask the question “Why Should We Care?”  The article describes the oft-cited problem of why women aren’t making it to the top at large firms or why they prematurely leave, blaming […]

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Newest Blawg Review is Out and OK

March 20, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Jim Calloway hosts this week’s Blawg Review, over here, with an OK (Oklahoma) theme.  His round up is more than OK, though, so you should mosey on over and see what’s been happening this week in the blogworld, including the unfortunate "Gunfight at Blawger Corral," between several A-list bloggers.

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Blogging: For Love or Money?

March 14, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Ben Cowgill has a two part expose (here and here) on a new era of stock content (and stock links) in blogging.  David Giacalone reminds us that he addressed the issue of ghostblogging (wondering whether it will ruin the authenticity and personality of blogging); David also notes Joel Schoenmeyer’s post here (arguing that bloggers who […]

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Alaska Lawyer Goes Solo

March 13, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s soon to be another new solo on the block, Steve Wells of the Alaska Blawg, who’s leaving the Public Defender’s office to start a new firm (hat tip to Kevin at Lex Blog for mentioning this).   Steve writes that: This is one of the saddest and yet most exciting posts I have written. For […]

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A Niche for Lawyers Who Want to Get AHead (of lettuce, that is!)

March 13, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Here’s an article, Lawyers’ ads seek to grow ag business, Silicon Valley (March 10, 2006) about a firm with an agriculture-based practice that’s embarking on a new marketing campaign that brands the firm as Lettuce Lawyers – Together We Grow.  It’s a neat name, with lots of potential for other taglines, such as Lettuce Help […]

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Postings Light for Next Week Or So

March 12, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Just a warning, postings will be a bit on the light side for this next week or so.  Nothing to do with my new gig at Legal Blogwatch; just a combination of what’s seemed like a slow news week, coupled with a huge summary judgment motion response that is consuming me.  I will be back […]

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Not the Way to Win on Rehearing

March 12, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

David Swanner posts this excerpt from a rehearing petition that’s likely to lose.  Read it and see if you can figure out why: Statement of Issue Presented for Review: The Court of Appeals committed a major error in affirming the dismissal. The Court did not address the facts of the case. The Court has a […]

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A Decade of Website Advice

March 12, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Dennis Kennedy has been writing about law firm websites for ten years now, a veritable eternity in Internet time – and he has these tips for law firms who still can’t seem to get it right.  Dennis’ peeves include hard to find email addresses and concealed or non-existent attorney bios.  (As for me, a law […]

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Good News from Dan Hull

March 6, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Dan Hull of What About the Clients speads some good cheer for us solo and small firm lawyers with this post referencing a recent study that only 30 percent of clients would recommend their law firm and that poor client service is driving clients away.  As Dan recaps: it’s what I’ve been telling you for […]

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Watch What You Wish For…

March 6, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

In response to posts criticizing the Nevada Bar’s heavy handed approach to an attorney who advertises himself as “The Heavy Hitter,” (see here, here and here), Jon Stein of The Practice blog endorses increased regulation.  Jon, who is a personal injury attorney himself believes that undignified advertising gives the professsion a black eye and hurts […]

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