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March 2008

Thank You to the MANY Voices of Solo Practice Who Serve Clients and Improve Our Profession

March 29, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

I’m still blushing after all of the compliments and good wishes from my fellow bloggers who linked to this article about my practice and my book, Solo by Choice.  And I won’t deny that I enjoyed the attention (as well as the resulting book sales).  But I need to clarify —  I don’t want to […]

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Do My Readers Want Form[s] Over Substance?

March 29, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

In reviewing my blog’s stats since I’ve moved to a Lexblog platform, I’ve noticed that Soloformania is consistently, one of my site’s top traffic draws.  Most visitors come to the Soloformania page through  Internet searches for terms like “sample   client engagement letters” or “free client interview checklists.”  Apparently, there’s a substantial need for easy access […]

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More News on Solo by Choice

March 22, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Here’s a quick update on my book, Solo by Choice.  First, a huge public thank you to all of the bloggers and writers for online publications who have reviewed the book and helped get the word out to others.  I realize that reviewing a 300 page book is a daunting task, so I’m grateful to […]

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ABA TechShow – Technolawyer Summary of My Panel, Technology for the StartUp

March 22, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Even if you missed the ABA TechShow 2008, you can find a terrific series of extremely comprehensive summaries of various panels here, courtesy of the Technolawyer Trade Show Reports, authored by Technolawyer’s intrepid reporter, Mazyar "Crazy Mazy" Hedayat.   On Friday, Mazyar posted his detailed report on Beating the Startup Blues: A Tech Survival Guide that […]

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From Little Shingles, Big Law Firms Grow

March 22, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Everyone starts somewhere, law firms included.  Consider this story from Forbes about Jere Beasley, one of the nation’s most successful personal injury lawyer who’s secured multimillion dollar settlements and verdicts against some of the largest corporations in the country.   According to the story, Beasley started a solo practice because he couldn’t find a job.  Today, […]

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ABA Tech Show 2008 – How Technology Is Redefining the Attorney Client Relationship

March 18, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

The most important thing that I took away from the ABA Tech Show doesn’t have anything to do with a gee-whiz gadget or gizmo that will increase productivity or help lawyers work less and earn more.  Instead, what I want to share are some of the trends that have taken hold of the profession and […]

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It’s Easy Being Green…If You’re A Solo

March 18, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

What do large law firms have in common with Sesame Street’s Kermit the Frog?  For both, it’s not easy being green.  Take a look at the hoops that mega-firm Reed Smith had to jump through when its clients started inquiring about the firm’s green initiatives.  As described in this article, Reed Smith first created an […]

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How Dr. Doolittle’s Pushmi-pullyu Can Help You Attract and Keep Clients

March 18, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Remember the two headed Pushmi-pullyu from the children’s classic, Doctor Dolittle?  What you probably didn’t realize back then is that the Pushmi-pullyu serves as an apt paradigm for providing information to your clients.  I unveiled this concept last week in my presentation at the ABA Tech Show 2008 on “Using Technology to Retain Clients.” Most […]

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Live Blogging ABA Tech Show, Post 1

March 14, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

In theory, I like the idea of live blogging – at least when someone else is doing it.  When I read through a live-blogged, play-by-play entry, it’s almost as good as being at the conference myself.  Plus, even if I actually attended the event, it’s interesting to read about it from someone else’s perspective. But […]

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Solo by Choice: Where to Find It

March 11, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Last Friday’s New York Law Journal carried this story (subscription req’d.) about me and my book Solo by Choice.  The story apparently contributed to an increase in book sales, so once again, Solo by Choice is not currently available on Amazon (that’s of this morning, 3/11/08).  However, you can always purchase the book for the […]

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