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March 2011

Blame It On Solo

March 28, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

So, Kevin O’Keefe of Lexblog and Will Hornsby, Staff Counsel for the ABA have called a truce in their debate over whether the public uses blogs to hire a lawyer. Fueling the disagreement were the results of a recent ABA Survey which found that only 15 percent of respondents said that they would “use blogs […]

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What You Don’t Know About Solo Practice – Recording Available

March 25, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Earlier this month, I gave a free webinar on What You Don’t Know About Solo Practice Can Hurt You: Why You Should Consider Starting a Law Firm and How to Do It, 21st Century Style. There were a couple of audio problems during the call, so I’ve re-taped it and you can access it at […]

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Always On

March 23, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

A few days ago, I called a colleague at a mid-sized energy firm who’s known for a particular niche. As we chatted, I remarked how it was odd that we’d never run into each other at industry conferences to which she responded that she rarely does facetime these days. Doesn’t need to. My guess is […]

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Two Solo Deals [Promo]

March 21, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

If you’ve been thinking about attending the 25th annual ABATechshow but were holding out because of the cost, you might reconsider. Andrea Cannavina, Legal Typist, still has openings for a SuperPass for $497.50, an enormous savings off the ABA price of $925 (the non-member rate is higher). By the way, I know that these prices […]

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Speaking Up About Lawyer Speaks [Promo]

March 21, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

My readers know that it’s extremely rare for me to promote a paid event. But every once in a while, I’ll make an exception for a program that is so worthwhile that I have to pass it on. Sonya Smith-Valentine’s new LawyerSpeak, which teaches lawyers how to find paid speaking engagements — either to market […]

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MyShingle Fashion: Purple Pleats

March 21, 2011 by HumaRashid

Pleats can be tricky, but in general, I’m a fan. They’re a great way to add interest to an article of clothing and a polished touch to an outfit. So I picked out a lovely purple pleated dress for today’s outfit, and created the ensemble around it. In fact, today’s entire outfit can be found […]

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MyShingle Fashion: A Classic Grey Suit

March 17, 2011 by HumaRashid

I know that I normally try to bring in a lot of colors and textures and all that when I create outfits for this feature, but sometimes I like to go back to basics and work with grey and black. There’s just something so simple and elegant about that combination – it just works. For […]

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Book Review: Virtual Law Practice: A Useful Guide for Virtually Any Kind of Law Practice

March 17, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Libraries may be nearly obsolete, but somehow we can’t rid ourselves of Melvil Dewey’s fetish for classifying books. We cabin books into narrow, topical silos – the business book, the practice management book, the substantive law treatise – and gravitate to those directly related to our interests, while ignoring the others. If I didn’t blog […]

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Why I Say Maybe [No Thanks] to Handwritten Thank You Notes [Update 3/16/11]

March 16, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

See update notes at end of post (3/16/2011) Inspired by posts singing the praises of handwritten thank-you notes (like this, this and this), I decided to experiment a little myself. For the past month or two, I’ve sent a dozen or so handwritten notes to colleagues, thanking them for taking the time to meet with […]

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Guest Blogging, Part II

March 16, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

You know the saying that bad facts make bad law. That’s what came to mind when I read Jay Fleischman’s response to my original post, Just Say No to User Generated Content. Whereas I’d argued that providing user-generated content to others is exploitative, Jay responds that there are benefits to be had by guest blogging. […]

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