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March 2007

Me and My Mac

March 30, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Following in the footsteps of bloggers like Ernie the Attorney, Adriana Linares and of course, Grant Griffiths (I’m sure that there are many others, feel free to out yourselves in the comments), I finally broke down and succumbed to the appeal of the Mac. But as I describe in this guest post at Home Office […]

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The Florida Bar won’t let lawyer promise to help you get rid of “that vermin you call a spouse”

March 27, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Ah, I suppose it was just a matter of time before the Florida Bar went after divorce lawyer Steven Miller, who ran these provocative ads that insult overpriced downtown lawyers and promise to help clients “rid themselves of that vermin [they] call a spouse.” According to this story (3/27/07), when Miller submitted his ad for […]

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Introductions Matter In Marketing, And Why Women Can Do Better Introducing Themselves

March 24, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Lawyer Mama, a 30 something female law firm attorney, expresses her exasperation when an older male to whom she’s introduced by her boss (a firm partner) mistakes her for a secretary. While Lawyer Mama’s wrath is justified, she also unfairly directs her anger. As I see it, manner in which Partner introduced Lawyer Mama caused […]

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No malpractice insurance for blogging firms?

March 22, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

File this under the category of “gross misunderstanding of blogs and technology:” – a malpractice insurer’s recent decision to deny coverage to a law firm because of its weblogs. Apparently, the insurer believed that the blogs could potentially expose the firm to liability, either through an implication that the blog offered legal advice or somehow […]

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Thank you, Nicole Black and Grant Griffiths

March 21, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve just posted this new project at my Offshore Renewable Energy Law Blog, and it couldn’t have happened without Nicole Black’s terrific inspiration (which I have shamelessly copied, albeit with what I hope is sufficient attribution) and Grant Griffiths’ unbridled enthusiasm for the Mac (and you can see my new little accomplice in the left […]

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Cold Calling Works

March 18, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve always been a fan of the cold call ever since I started my practice back in 1993. Not a fan of making the calls, because I’m not fond of doing it, but rather, a fan of the returns that cold calls can bring. Of course, like many of the techniques I write about here, […]

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Does work-life balance mean we need to settle for a B+?

March 16, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

My colleague and fellow solo blogger, Jill Pugh Employment Law Blog tipped me off to an interesting new resource, Ms-JD to address the growing number of women leaving the legal profession or failing to reach the upper echelons of the profession. The site seems promising, though thus far, there’s little mention of the law firm […]

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Partners in love and law

March 16, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

We all know the song, Lawyers in Love, but did you ever wonder what happens to lawyers in love? With many of the dual lawyer couples whom I knew from the law school, once the couple had children, the woman either left the law or went on to an alternative career like teaching, while the […]

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Another large firm lawyer goes solo – and it’s all about the [lower] rates

March 16, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

One of the unintended consquences of the expansion of large law firms is that this trend may drive more lawyers to start their own firms. Think about it – though large firms hope that increased size will foster economies of scale and result in savings, there’s still a whole lot of overhead involved in running […]

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A Cool Marketing Idea from Sharmil McKee: The Harpers Index

March 11, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve always enjoyed the Harpers Index and its ability to convey so much information in so few words.  So that’s probably why I was so impressed with Philadelphia based attorney Sharmil McKee’s marketing sheet entitled Interesting Facts About Sharmil McKee.  In contrast to a lengthy firm resume, the fact sheet offers just the facts such […]

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