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Archive for November 2006

MSBA Conference This Saturday – Would Love to Talk To You!

Readers – one last reminder that this Saturday, November 11, the Maryland State Bar Association is sponsoring its 8th annual conference on starting a law firm.  The information can be found here in this earlier post. I’ll be speaking on blogging – you can view a sketch of my presentation as well as the more…

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Great News for Law Firm Start Ups: 80 Percent of Dotcoms Survived!

I’ve always likened the rise of modern day independent practice (call it the Third Wave if you will) to the dotcom era.  Before dotcoms, small entrepreneurship wasn’t cool.  But the success of little garage companies forced our profession to look at law firm start ups in a different light. And because law firm start ups…

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Are Solos Helping Women At Law Firms?

The impact of solo and small firm practice is far reaching, so much so that in my view, it’s helping women attorneys succeed at biglaw.  Don’t believe it?  Consider these two stories that ran in today’s news.  The first, Deciding to Go It Alone, (San Fernando Valley Business 11/4/06) reports on how more and more,…

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The Best Reason Not To Believe The “Experts”

Over at Lex Blog, Kevin O’Keefe posts about some of the negative reaction to his earlier discussion about how younger lawyers are using MySpace for advertising.  Seems that some marketing experts don’t find MySpace a sufficiently dignified or suitable marketing tool. While I find much value in the advice that practice management advisors and experts…

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Twelve Rules of Great Client Service

Dan Hull of What About Clients has rounded up twelve of his past blog posts into a comprehensive Twelve Rules of Client Service.  Read it if you want to stay a step ahead of your competitors. Though Dan’s post addresses client service, it’s actually a great model for great rules for serving your blog readers. …

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Trends for Solos

Robert Denney has an article in this month’s Oct/Nov ’06 issue of  Law Practice Management on What’s Cooking for Solos and Small Firms.  At least one the trends is kind of old news to me, such as the move towards specialization, though in rural areas, clients seem to want and need the old-fashioned “country lawyer”…

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More On Fee Setting from Legal Ease Blog

Allison Shields of Legal Ease has started a series on how to set fees, with these two posts here and here.  Shields spends a good deal of time describing how lawyers examine a case up front in detail, so that you can figure out how to assign a fee.  And her advice garners compliments from…

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