My Shingle

June 2008

Still An Uphill Battle In Getting Clients to Hire Solos, But There’s A Fix

June 24, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

At first blush, this letter to the editor criticizing the Duxbury school board for considering the possibility of replacing its current law firm with a one-person “cut rate” shop seems discouraging for most solos who compete with the big boys.  Among other things, the writer expresses concern about the solo’s cut rates, noting that “you […]

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Will I See you At the LA Solo/Small Firm Conference?

June 23, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Postings will be light the rest of the week as I head out to the Los Angeles Bar Smalll and Solo Law Conference as well as the ALM West Coast Legal Tech Show.  As always, leaving town when your spouse works in another city and you need to find care for your kids is always […]

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Continuing the Conversation on the YAWNing Solo

June 23, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

You know how it is with yawns, don’t you?  When one person yawns at you, it’s difficult to resist yawning back.  So now that my fellow solo-blogging colleague Susan Cartier Liebel has yawned, or more accurately, alerted us to the trend of “young and wealthy normals,” I’m compelled to yawn back (by the way, for […]

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Introducing Lawagora – A Marketplace of Events for Lawyers

June 19, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve just completed a new project that I’m rolling out tonight…Lawagora.ning.com – a marketplace of events for and by lawyers.  In the past few months, I’ve realized how many quality events, on and offline are available for lawyers – yet we often never hear about them because the publicity is either ad hoc, or directed […]

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Getting A Start as A Personal Injury Lawyer

June 18, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Many readers of this blog and my book, Solo by Choice frequently ask for advice on how to get a personal injury practice up and running.   My fellow blogger and colleague here in the Maryland area, Ron Miller explains how lawyers can build a referral based personal injury practice in this comprehensive post at Maryland Injury […]

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More Resources on Virtual Assistants

June 18, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

For solo and small firm lawyers interested in virtual assistants (see this earlier post), here are two additional resources: A  four part series about using virtual assistants is up at Home Office Warrior.  The series is written from the perspective of a VA. And for the perspective of someone hiring a VA, check out this […]

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A Blast from The Past: How Even A Decision That’s Dead Wrong Can Be Right On

June 16, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

When it comes to starting a firm, fear poses one of the greatest obstacles.  Fear of failure, fear of lost opportunity, fear of embarrassment or cricitism for having made what appears to others as a foolish decision.  My able colleagues in the Solo Space, Susan Cartier Liebel and Sheryl Sisk Schelin have shared words of […]

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Loose Ends Round Up

June 14, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Here’s a quick round up of links that may hold some interest for readers: William Henderson of the Empirical Legal Studies Blog shares some trends that may impact solo and small firm practitioners (in particular, the declining number of trials) and tips his hat to solo and small firm lawyers for the good work they […]

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Register for MyShingle on Steroids Workshop June 30!

June 10, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant
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REPOST – Announcing the First My Shingle on Steroids Workshop

June 10, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Ever since my book, Solo by Choice hit the stands, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to help lawyers – either new solos, solos to be or lawyers who want to build business within their law firms – implement some of the many ideas that I’ve included in the book.  So I’m happy to […]

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