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January 2009

Ben Glass – Why What I Do Matters to the Profession

January 22, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Why What I Do Matters to the Profession By: Ben Glass, Fairfax, VA In May 2005 I sat in the back of a room at a Renegade Millionaire conference hosted by Dan Kennedy, hearing story after story of how people in different professions and businesses were making a difference in the lives of others […]

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Alexis Martin Neely – Why What I’m Doing With My Law Degree Matters

January 22, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

I went to law school to make a difference and really help people.   I graduated from law school in 1999, when the economy was having a party and law firms were fighting for the top law school graduates.  By the time I graduated, starting salaries had crept up to $135,000 per year and I graduated […]

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The Contract Lawyer Conundrum

January 15, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

[Some edits as of 1/16/09] Over at her blog, Legal Research and Writing Pro, my friend Lisa Solomon summarizes the recent spurt of posts round the blogosphere on the grim life of contract attorneys, who endure low wages, intolerable working conditions and frequently, degrading treatment from other lawyers.  Lisa suggests that these lawyers consider starting […]

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January 15, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

I wanted to apologize for my delay in posting the results of the contest – there are so many great posts and I’d like to get them all set up to post in seriatim – but a couple of matters, including an unexpected family emergency have put me off track.  I will either turn my […]

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Solos Do Everything Biglaw Does, Only Backwards and in High Heels

January 11, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Many large firms assume, wrongly, that solo and small firm lawyers don’t handle complex issues.  Truth is, many of us do.  But unlike biglaw which has the luxury of researching and strategizing about these issues in a vacuum, we solo and small firm clients do all that, plus tend to our clients’ needs. Consider the […]

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Back to School

January 8, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

[Post has been edited] I’ll be teaching a course on how to use web 2.0, social media and other collaborative technologies to Build Your Own Bar Association through Solo Practice University.   From what I can tell, I’ll be a bit of a heretic on the faculty:  not only did I love law school but I […]

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Announcements: ENCORE Tele-seminar of From Biglaw to Yourlaw; Solo By Choice Sells Out

January 6, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week’s Biglaw to Yourlaw Teleseminar was a great success, but folks still continue to download the free e-book.  I had hoped to make a tape of the call available, but somehow managed to botch the recording.  Since I need to re-tape anyway, I’m going to do a second round of the call – this time […]

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Solo Trends for 2009

January 5, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Tomorrow and throughout the week, I’ll be posting the essays that I received in response to MyShingle’s Sixth Birthday contest.  But for my first post of the New Year, like many of my blogging colleagues (e.g., Ross Kodner, Neil Squillante,Niki Black and Stephanie Kimbro) I wanted to share some of my predictions for 2009.  I […]

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