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April 2006

Quality of Life Tips

April 25, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

The ABA GP Section just posted a list of quality of life resources that offer information on work-family balance, de-stressing and some silling “time wasters.”  In the three years that I’ve been blogging MyShingle, I’ve noticed a proliferation in work balance resources, but not much improvement on the part of lawyers to strike a better […]

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60 Marketing Tips in 60 Minutes

April 25, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Rob Robinson summarizes the list of 60 Marketing Tips in 60 Minutes from an ABA Techshow presentation.  I’ve used many of these tips with success (like niches with riches) and others, I know I should be using, like following up after speaking engagements or improving my Power Point skills.  Finally, some of the tips, like […]

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New Zealand Lawyers Get the Gender Issues

April 20, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Gender disparity at large firms is not unique to the US; our colleagues down under in New Zealand share these problems also, as reported in Flexible work practices avoid gender disparity (April 21, 2006); NZ Lawyer Issue 38.  According to the article, women comprise over a third of all law practitioners, but less than 20 […]

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Solo Reported Missing

April 20, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

A Texas solo is missing, according to this Texas Lawyer article (4/20/06), State Bar of Texas Steps in After Solo is Reported Missing.  According  to the article,  Britt Hall, a Houston solo, has not been seen since Jan. 3, according to a private investigator who is searching for him. And State Bar officials say Hall […]

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More Reason to Jump on the Blogwagon Now

April 20, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Blogs Continue to Multiply reports that currently, there are 35.5 million blogs, 60-75 times more than were online just three years ago, with 75,000 new ones born daily.   In some ways, it seems like information overload – who could read so many blogs – but I still think the trend bodes well for […]

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Marketing Lessons from Las Vegas

April 16, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Readers, you may have noticed that MyShingle has been a little bare recently.  The low post volume was the result of a major matter that I just completed and also, a week away from the office in Las Vegas, both business (speaking at a conference) and pleasure (family spring break vacation).  Though the artificiality of […]

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Let One Thousand Solo Blogs Bloom!

April 16, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

It’s finally spring in the DC area, the weather is warmer, the azalea’s are blooming and so are the new solo blogs.  This time, it’s Ben Cowgill, who already blogs the content laden Legal Ethics who’s started up Solo Blawg, a weblog for lawyers in solo and small firm practice.  Ben asks "Is there room […]

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A Public Interest Law Firm Solo

April 16, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

So, you want to work in public interest, but can’t find a position or afford to take one?  Why not start your own firm instead, with a public interest firm on the side?  That’s what Scott Levine of Aegis Professional Services did as reported in this article,  Scott Levine Fulfills dream of starting public interest […]

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New Solo on A Mission

April 16, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s some nice press here for fellow solo and blogger, Hoosier Lawyer,  Steve Terrell.  Formerly with big law firm Ice Miller, Terrell has opened his own firm, with this mission: Justice, like quality legal services, should not be only for big corporations and those who can afford the highest-priced lawyers from the biggest firms. During […]

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Outsourcing for Small Firms

April 16, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This month at Law Practice Today is a roundtable discussion on whether it makes sense for law firms to outsource. The discussion seems geared for larger firms and talk about outsourcing support staff functions as much as legal research and traditional contract lawyering.  The issue has another article by Ed Poll on choosing a virtual […]

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