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July 2010

What Lawyers Are Using To Run Their Practices

July 30, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Ever wonder what tools or services other lawyers are using for practice management, blogging or invoicing?  I did too, which is why a few months back, I conducted a little survey, asking lawyers to share their preferred tools and services for twenty-two different law firm functions and activities.  The results are displayed here.

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Upstart Outsmarts LegalZoom

July 29, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

If you thought that lawyers couldn’t effectively compete with low-end, quasi-legal providers like Legal Zoom, think again. There’s a new upstart service, aptly named Upstart Legal that’s come up with one formula to take on non-lawyer alternatives. The brainchild of attorney John Gerber, UpStartLegal.com offers a web-based, legal package that gives entrepreneurs the legal documents […]

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MyShingle Fashion: We’re Just A Little High In The Instep Here

July 29, 2010 by HumaRashid

And why are we high in the instep? Because we’re lawyers (well, you guys are – I am a lowly law student, but I play a lawyer on my blog, only I don’t because that is illegal) and we wear high heels. And I bet most of us only wear high heels because coming into […]

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The Pressures of 21st Century Presentation

July 26, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Back in the mid-1990s when I first started speaking about marine renewables at industry conferences, presentation didn’t involve much more than extracting the salient points of my submitted paper and dumping them into a standard, bulleted power-point template. As I added presentations about web resources and blogging to my repertoire, I adopted HTML and blogware […]

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SoloCorps Harnesses the Force of Storytelling + Video to Help Solo and Small Firm Lawyers

July 23, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

The Power of Storytelling –A guest post by Lisa Solomon When Facebook reached 500 million users this week, it launched Facebook Stories, an application that enables Facebook users to share their stories about how the social networking site has impacted their lives. For readers, the stories are categorized by theme and location. While reaching the […]

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How to Make Your Website More Interactive

July 22, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Too many lawyers squander the awesome power of Web 2.0 by putting up static websites that aren’t much more than glorified brochures (memo to these offenders:  you don’t need a website to post a static document online.  You can simply put it up at a site like Docstoc or Scribd!)  Perhaps lawyers believe that adding […]

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The XYZs of Dressing for CLEs

July 22, 2010 by HumaRashid

On Tuesday (here), I shared two outfits that were good examples of what to wear to CLEs. Both of those outfits showed off some leg, so today I thought I’d put up two more CLE outfits structured around pants. Yes, pants are annoying. In a perfect world, no one would have to wear pants. But […]

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If Ten Year Olds Aren’t Watching TV Commercials, Prospective Clients Aren’t Either

July 22, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Tonight, before heading out to the pool for a swim, my ten year old daugher, Mira set the Tivo to record one of her television shows.  The show was scheduled to run at 9 pm, with a second showing at 9:30.  Since I was sure that we’d be back at least 9:30, I asked Mira […]

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The ABA Makes A Play for Solos, but Should Solos Play With the ABA?

July 21, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Update [7/22/2010] – I’ve spoken with some people about this post and I want to clarify that I was speaking about the ABA as an organization, and not about the staff, the section leaders or the people in the publications department.  The folks who edited the Social Media for Lawyers book did amazing work, Jennifer […]

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The ABCDs of Dressing for CLEs

July 20, 2010 by HumaRashid

My law school hosts CLEs very often – it seems like every month, there are attorneys walking past the student nook on the fifth floor to one of the larger classrooms, narrowing their eyes judgmentally at me because I’m sprawled out on the couch, half-unconscious, with my Labor Law book open on my stomach and […]

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