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January 2007

What Solos Earn

January 29, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I came across this Salary Chart for Solo Practitioners, updated as of January 21, 2007.  I can’t say that it’s all that scientific, since it sampled 244 respondents.  But for what it is worth, according to the chart, median salary for a solo 1-4 years out is $50k, 5-9 years, $80k, 10-19 years – 82k […]

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CDs for JDs: Soundtrack of the Legal Life Available From The Billable Hour Company

January 29, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Ardsley, New York January 29, 2007-Having trouble figuring out what music to play in the background as you bang out that brief? Looking for some songs to psych you up on the way to court?  The Billable Hour Company has the answer to these interrogatories: they’ve opened a music store featuring CDs by and for […]

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A Blog for the Dogs…and Their Lawyers!

January 29, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I know that some people believe that law is for the dogs.  And that’s even more true when you work from home, since dogs provide quiet companionship.  Attorney Michael Eisenberg has recognized the affinity between lawyers and their pups, and started this blog,, where you can share photos and stories about your practice and […]

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The ROI of Blogging

January 29, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at my Legal Blogwatch beat, I posted about measuring the ROI of blogging.  Specifically, should lawyers attempt to quantify the value of blogging in dollars and cents, or evaluate the benefits of blogging in the same way that we evaluate the benefits of other marketing techniques like dining with clients or networking.  Let me […]

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Running A Law Firm on Web 2.0

January 29, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

In this article, Tools of the Trade:  Web 2.0 Top Ten List (1/29/07), attorney Lee Rosen shares his top ten list of internet tools that can “make the practice of law easier, faster and more convenient for attorneys and our clients.”   For those unfamiliar with the term Web 2.0, Rosen describes it this way: Web […]

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An Inspiring Solo

January 29, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, In iron lung, lawyer forged iron will (Dallas Morning News 1/29/07) features Paul Alexander, a remarkable solo who practices law, despite having been paralyzed from the neck down since childhood as a result of polio and breathing with assistance from an iron lung.  But how does Alexander’s condition affect his clients?  Not much, […]

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If I solo out of school, do I pick the cheaper law school?

January 28, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Q:  I’m only applying to law school now, but I am hoping to open up my own general practice as soon as I graduate.  Here is my situation:  I am fairly sure that I will be admitted to a law school in the city where I am intent on living and opening my firm (School […]

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Phew, Six Posts At Once

January 19, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

As you can see, I’ve been busy with lots of posts.  It’s just added up over time.  I know that I should space them out and post them every so often, but once it’s written, I want to get it live.  But you don’t have to read all my posts at once; come back a […]

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Can Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Anchor Social Movements? We Already Do.

January 19, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Professor Alan Childress of Legal Profession Blog emailed me a link to his post on an article by Brenda Bratton Blom entitled Cause Lawyering and Social Movements: Can Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Anchor Social Movements? My answer to the question posed by Blom’s title is that solo and small firm practitioners by our very […]

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Will Video Kill the Blogging Stars?

January 19, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I always loved this song, Video Killed the Radio Star.  But I never thought I might be witness a paraphrased version of it someday. Specifically, is video going to kill the “blogging stars” – and maybe even the “lawyer stars?” Consider this trend.  Lawyer bloggers  Imke Ratchko of  New York Small Business Law and Nicole […]

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