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May 2006

More On House Calls

May 21, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Joining a previous and long ago post on housecalls is this piece, Swtiching to House Calls, Hope Viner Samborn (ABA Journal 5/2006).  These days, house calls are viewed not just as convenient for clients but as a way to avoid having an office.  From the article: Solo practitioner Laura S. Petelle gives new meaning to […]

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It’s All About Your About Page

May 21, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Did you ever visit a weblog, only to puzzle over the main point of it?  As more and more weblogs are given practice specific names (e.g., California Estate Planning Practice Blog), that’s less of an issue.  Still, as Kevin O’Keefe points out in this post, it’s worth your time to offer readers an easy to […]

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Mothers’ Day Mix

May 14, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Ah, Mothers’ Day.  A time when my daughters leave me free to blog uninterrupted. (though I guess I should worry a little when my younger daughter’s mother day note reads like this:  My mom likes to hug me.  She always works on her computer).   Today, I’ve rounded up a couple of articles of interest to […]

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When You Get Too Close to A Client: Is It a Risk or Part of the Job?

May 14, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

A few weeks ago, I posted here on the dangers of getting too close to a client.  That issue came to mind again in reading this article Killer Charisma by Glenn Frankel (Washington Post Magazine 5/13/06) which ponders why advocates for Roger Keith Coleman, who was executed for the murder of his sister-in-law, continued to […]

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Hey Biglaw – Where Were You When It Mattered?

May 12, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Apparently, competition for Supreme Court cases has now grown so intense that biglaw firms are trying to poach criminal cases from small fry defense lawyers.  That’s the distinct impression that I came away with after reading Will Defense Lawyers Accept Help on High Court Criminal Cases? The article reports that this past term, the Supreme […]

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More Proof That The Bar Associations Don’t Really Care About Access to Law

May 10, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

I always thought that at one of the top priorities of a bar association is to help the public find access to competent representation.  Well, access to law is a goal of the New Jersey Bar, but one that’s secondary to other matters like generating revenues or preserving the local bars’ turf.  At least, that’s […]

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Ten Ways to Get Motivated

May 10, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Fellow blogger Allison Shields of Legalease Consulting wrote this article in this month’s ABA Law Practice Management magazine on ten ways to get motivated.  Suffice it to say that the article worked well enough to get me to put up this post!

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Vote For Me, DC Bar Members

May 9, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

I probably should not use my weblog this way, but as owner, I will take license to announce that I am a candidate for the DC Bar’s Law Practice Management Steering Committee.   Please vote for me if you are a member of the DC Bar.  I already have three blockbuster programs that I have been […]

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Is Conflicting Other Attorneys Out of A Case Unethical?

May 9, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

New Jersey law blog has this  post about a New Jersey ethics decision on "lawyer shopping."   As the post describes, lawyer shopping is a practice whereby a client (most frequently, a divorce client) will visit and interview several prospective attorneys for the exclusive purpose of potentially conflicting them from representing the spouse in litigation.  The […]

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More on Metadata

May 9, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Evan Schaeffer has these comments on the Florida Bar’s Ethics Committee proposed advisory opinion on metadata.  The opinion instructs attorneys to safeguard metadata in documents, but at the same time, directs lawyers who receive documents not to view metadata if not intended for them.  Evan wonders why Florida doesn’t put the onus on the transmitting […]

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