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April 2009

Solos and the Power of Just Showing Up

April 28, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Each morning as @carolynelefant, I check in on Twitter for my dose of innovation-overload.   Twitter is always brimming with updates on great minds undertaking great change-the-world-or-the-legal-profession ventures and 140-character insights that inspire and offer new perspectives that I’d love to put to action if I only had the time. As author of MyShingle, I straddle dual […]

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Last Call – Pink Slips, Detours & OnRamps

April 26, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s still time to register for the Pink Slips, Detours and OnRamps program at  Also, if you are a blogger or member or member of the media and you’d like a free press pass, contact me at

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If You Play the Part of a Solo Lawyer Long Enough, You Can Be One Too!

April 22, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

I’m only just now getting around to commenting on this recent Notes from the Breadline post by Roxana St. Thomas at Above the Law on the drawbacks of solo practice.  Essentially, St. Thomas focuses on the tougher aspects of going solo, from the potential costs associated with office space to figuring out how to choose […]

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Does A Client Really Care if Your Firm Has Great SEO? Higbee dba Does.

April 22, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

It must have been a slow news day for self-described upstart small law firm, Higbee Associates dba RecordGone.  What else could inspire the firm to issue this bizarre press release Press Release, trumpeting the firm’s Alexa search engine ranking of 127,628 and boasting that the ranking outscores any of the top ten largest firms?  For […]

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The World According to Wordle

April 19, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

As I’ve written plenty of times before, I’m not much of a fan of technology for technology’s sake.  I’m both too busy and too clumsy to fool around with gizmos and gadgets that don’t have an immediate, practical application to my law practice or my life.  So when I first learned about a site called […]

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Could You Be A Front for A Firm?

April 14, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

I’m getting ready for my upcoming conference, but couldn’t resist posting about this article that describes the trend of minority owned firms partnering up with larger firms to help meet diversity requirements.  It’s a trend that I mentioned in my book Solo by Choice, so I was interested to learn that the trend has since […]

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Round Up of Posts: Start Up Law Firm Resources, Reputation Online, Workshop

April 13, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

This is one of those "collection posts" – with a couple of different topics. First, I came across a bunch of FREE tools for start-ups at Ladies Who Launch.  Though the tools are geared towards start-up companies generally, as opposed to law firms, there are plenty of forms and templates here, from business templates to […]

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Be THAT Lawyer!

April 13, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Not sure how many of you remember the T.V. Show, That Girl, featuring Marlo Thomas as a small town gal trying to make it big as an actress in New York.  Truth be told, I never much liked the few reruns that I saw (I’m too young to remember the originals), but the concept of […]

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PinkSlips, Detours and OnRamps

April 8, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

On April 30, 2009, I’ll be teaming up with Julie Tower-Pierce, a fellow D.C. area lawyer and author of Staying At Home, Staying in the Law  for a four hour workshop entitled PinkSlips, Detours & OnRamps where we’ll be sharing advice and inspiration on ways to recharge and reinvent your legal career.   There are a […]

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How Much A Solo and A Blogger Earn

April 6, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Most of us are curious to learn how much solos earn, yet few solos are willing to publicly share. So here’s a huge hat tip to Peter Olson of Solo in Chicago for posting his monthly financials for 2009.   Because Peter’s so disciplined with expenses, he manages to keep virtually everything he kills. Interestingly, it […]

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