My Shingle

August 2011

Why I’m Glad I Never Counted

August 30, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

As a parent, I’ve made so many mistakes that it’s difficult to keep track. I over-promised and under-delivered, sent school forms in late and never, ever did the school trip thing, let alone cook organic meals, assemble two dozen spiders out of oreos and pretzels or organize playgroups like the moms profiled in Good Enough […]

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MyShingle Fashion: How To Dress Like a French Woman: A Collection of Sheath Dresses

August 30, 2011 by HumaRashid

Bonjour, readers! Ça roule? Last time, I shared a keep-it-simple outfit featuring a sheath dress and heels. Unfortunately, the sheath dress was grey. Well, that’s not unfortunate, exactly. There’s nothing wrong with a grey dress. It’s just that it’s … well … Ça ne casse rien. So today, I’m going to share a bunch of […]

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The Online Guide to Starting a Law Firm is Finally Here!

August 29, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Ever since I moved to this space, I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting to publish the online guide that houses all of this site’s content in one enormous place. At the same time, I realize that I’ve also got some gaps in content – areas that need some bulking up, and the online guide lets me […]

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Just Because Lawyer Marketing Is Ethical Doesn’t Mean It’s EFFECTIVE!!!

August 28, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

It’s been stormy summer for Groupon, a daily deal website and once darling of Wall Street. Since June, Groupon’s web traffic tanked by 50 percent, its IPO is on the rocks and a judge just green-lighted a false advertising suit filed against the company.  Still, Groupon can celebrate one victory: a thumbs up from the […]

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MyShingle’s Referral/Thank You Gift Survey, MT/HT @LeannaHamill

August 23, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

  Update – Note: If you send handwritten notes or even emails to thank referrals, feel free to include that in the thank you category – and if you’re using notes or cards, please share the name of the vendor as well!  It’s only fitting that a post seeking input on referral and thank you […]

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Is This Really How You Want To Practice Law?

August 22, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Well, it pays the bills. A solo criminal defense practice that generates over $100,000 in billings. No employees and no need to advertise.  There’s just one small detail: you’ll handle 558 cases in a year and take 4 to trial. Fewer than one percent. It’s not difficult to find a solo practice like the one […]

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MyShingle Fashion: Polishing Up A Maxi Dress

August 22, 2011 by HumaRashid

This marks my last post featuring the Year Round Cardigan from Eddie Bauer. Recall that last time, I had to switch from the oatmeal heather color to the sea foam because the former sold out. My goal for this mini-series (hopefully the first -or second?- of many mini-series here) was to illustrate many different ways […]

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End of Summer Sessions at MyShingle

August 19, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Typically, the end of the summer brings with it downtime for my practice, as most of the agencies and Congress here in DC shut down and many clients take vacation. Many years, the lull has worried me but after a crazy summer, I’m hopeful for a respite. Plus, it’s given me an opportunity to put […]

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MyShingle Fashion: Another Look Featuring the Year-Round Cardigan

August 17, 2011 by HumaRashid

After a well deserved hiatus, our fashion columnist, Huma Rashid is back.  Celebrate!  Send her emails! Go out and shop for end of summer and fall!  And, if you have a lifestyle column – on travel, sports, restaurants, movies, stuff to do with friends or kids or whatever fun activity floats your boat, drop me […]

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An Open Thank You to Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Bell

August 15, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

It came in the mail, sometime in July 2008; an innocuous slim envelope bearing the return address of Maryland’s highest court buried in a heaping pile of junk.  I’d just paid my bar dues for the year and satisfied my pro bono and IOLTA reporting requirements, so I nearly tossed the letter, expecting that it […]

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