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October 2010

Guest Post, New York Bankruptcy Lawyer Jay Fleischman

October 28, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Editor’s Note:  In honor of National Pro Bono Week, I’m pleased to host a guest post from Jay Fleischman, a  New York bankruptcy lawyer and owner of Legal Practice Pro, on why pro bono service represents a win-win for solos and the legal profession. If you’re a solo then you’re likely stretched pretty thin already. […]

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MyShingle Fashion: Full, Flowing, Flattering Skirts

October 28, 2010 by HumaRashid

The last time we saw full, fat, fluffy skirts was in the spring/summer of 2006 (or possibly 2005 – I get those seasons mixed up), and they’re back this year and dominating the runway – kind of. This time, however, we’re seeing their ankle-skimming incarnations: the maxi skirts! The maxi skirt is long and flowing […]

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Don’t Waste My Time on JD Supra

October 28, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

So, this afternoon, I was browsing through Google search results, hunting for fodder for my Nolo Legal Marketing Blawg when a new article at JD Supra, with an intriguing title – Law Firm Marketing: Beyond the Blog popped up in my feed. Anticipating a provocative and fairly substantial article or even White Paper, I clicked […]

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Make a Pledge, Take a Survey, Possible NY Meet-Up, Reminder re: Ethics 2020

October 26, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Want to win an ipad?  Take a few minutes to complete a survey on Macs in the Law Office sponsored by Clio and you’ll qualify to win an ipad.  For more information and the survey link, click here. Many solo lawyers cringe when they hear the word “pro bono,” because they’re thinking of all that […]

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Iowa Lawyer Steve Lombardi Helping New Lawyers Help Themselves

October 26, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

At a time when large firms are throwing young associates overboard and cutting down on training all in the name of profit, Iowa lawyer Steve Lombardi seems downright anachronistic. With thirty years of experience under his belt, Lombardi could be focusing his efforts on expanding his practice or prepping for retirement, but instead, he’s doing […]

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MyShingle Fashion: Trend Alert: These Boots Were Made For Walkin’

October 25, 2010 by HumaRashid

Great, now the old Nancy Sinatra song is stuck in my head. You know who was awesome? Her dad, Frank. His buddy Dean was my personal favorite, though. When I was 11, my dad rented “Scared Stiff,” saying that he remembered being a kid in Pakistan and seeing it and thinking Dean Martin and Jerry […]

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Take Credit Card Payments With Your Phone

October 25, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, my Social Media for Lawyers co-author Niki Black and I discovered Square, a neat app that essentially converts an iphone or other smart phone into a cash register, allowing users to accept credit card payments, and email receipts for both cash and credit card transactions. The app can be linked to a user’s […]

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Solo Lawyers and Solo Bloggers as Heroes

October 24, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Who says small firms can’t do big things? Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on the solo and small firm lawyers, who in the course of simply doing their jobs defending homeowners in foreclosure cases, stumbled across gross abuses in the foreclosure process, ranging from robo-affidavit signers” who attested to reviewing documents they’d never […]

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The Retainer Letter As a Walk Down Memory Lane

October 22, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

I may not be a contract aficionado like Ken Adams, but I love a good retainer agreement.  Though  clean, crisp language and brevity makes me swoon as much as any other lawyer, my affinity for retainer agreements reaches far deeper than the surface:  quite simply, I’m a sucker for the stories behind the the whereas […]

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MyShingle Briefing and Hearing on ABA Ethics 2020 Whitepapers

October 22, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

On October 14, 2010, the ABA Ethics 2020 Commission held a public hearing on two proposed whitepapers, one dealing with cloud computing, the other with lawyers’ use of internet tools, primarily social media, for marketing.  [update] I wish to emphasize that the Whitepapers themselves reflect a substantial amount of research and fairly identify or evaluate […]

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