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February 2007

Take 4 Minutes for Web 2.0

February 9, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

My good friend Lisa Solomon posted a link on one of my listserves to this amazing video that explains the history of Web 2.0.  Take 4 minutes and to get inspired by 2 – Web 2.0, that is:

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No, I Don’t Hate Biglaw If It’s A Passion

February 9, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Quite often, when I compliment when of my daughters on something she’s done well, the other will chime in “But mommy, aren’t I good at that too?”  My response, of course, is that praising one of my girls doesn’t diminish how I feel about the other. More frequently these days, I find myself in this […]

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Teaching What It’s Like to Work For Biglaw: Seems Like a Silly Idea, But Not For the Reasons You’d Think

February 8, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

According to this article, Law school to simulate big-firm environment, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2/5/07) will require all third year students to participate in a new Law Firm Program, described in the article as “a series of courses that simulates big-firm lawyering.”  The course has been developed with input from large firm […]

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Women Not Just Leaving Biglaw for Babies, But For More Opportunity

February 8, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Susan Cartier Liebel posts about how Gen Y women are saying no to biglaw because it doesn’t afford the kind of work life balance they demand.  I’ve posted on and written about this theme before, as well.  But what I don’t think I’ve emphasized sufficiently is that for women, starting a firm isn’t just a […]

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Whose Blog Is It Anyway?

February 8, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

My blogging buddy, Chuck Newton recently posted on the latest  brawl between Greatest American Lawyer and his former firm.  Seems that GAL’s firm is suing him a second time, this time for rights to GAL’s blogs, which the firm claims it would have developed itself. Newton doesn’t think the firm’s suit against GAL will fly, […]

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Biglaw Associates Find Happiness in Solo Practice

February 2, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Via Stephanie West Allen, I learned about this article, Who Says Being A Lawyer Has to Suck? from a recent issue of San Francisco Magazine.  The article describes how Gen Y lawyers are making “lawyering something that doesn’t bore everyone to death at a party?”  And guess how they’re doing it?   By starting their own […]

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BigLaw In Violation of NY’s New Advertising Rules

February 2, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Both Eric Turkewitz of New York Personal Injury Law Blog and Nicole Black of Sui Generis have posted here and here on a number of large New York law firms that failed to comply with New York’s new advertising ethics rules by labeling their websites as “attorney advertising.” In this situation, I can’t say that […]

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What Do You Do If Your Clients Want to Lead A Revolution? Join Them, Of Course!

February 1, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at my Legal Blogwatch beat, I wrote about Cisco GC Mark Chandler’s speech taking big law firms to task for their “guild” mentality and lack of responsiveness to clients.  You ought to read the whole post, which excerpts the speech, but Chandler argues that companies like his are concerned about legal costs, want fixed […]

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That’s My Signature, and I Never Get Tired of Seeing It

February 1, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

The first document that I ever filed as an independent practitioner was a Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction under Rule 12(b)(1).  By a bizarre stroke of beginner’s luck, I had been retained to serve as local counsel for a major casino which had been sued in federal district court in the […]

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