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December 2011

Taking A Break & Questions for Readers

December 22, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

I’m not sure why I ever bother to blog the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Most folks either skip town or are frantically racing to meet end-of-year deadlines. Either way, it makes for absent or distracted readers. In fact, that’s generally why I save my New Year’s predictions for January (2009, 2010 and 2011). […]

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End of Year Idea Exchange: A $10.77 Marketing Tip

December 22, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

This past year, I spent quite a bit of time in crowded hearing rooms and conference auditoriums filled with suits, ipads, smartphones and laptops – but few electrical outlets. To recharge a device, you’d have to wait for an outlet to open up. And even if that happened, there was no guarantee that the outlet […]

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The Miracle of the Solo

December 20, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

[Warning – Hanukkah-themed post ahead, if you would rather avoid religious-oriented content] Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah, a joyous Jewish holiday that holds special meaning for me as a solo. From the small band of Maccabees triumphing over the Syrian army to the tiny drop of oil that fueled the eternal flame for […]

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Big Law to Your Law Teleconference and Ebook Available

December 16, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

The 50 minute recording of last night’s Big law to Your law teleseminar (unfortunately aborted due to problems ony end) is available here Big Law to Your Law Recording. The accompanying slide deck is here  and the 40 page ebook (compilation of blog posts) is here. I realized after trying to squeeze everything into a […]

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Client Portals – Love ‘em or Leave ‘em

December 16, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s an article by Donna Seyle in Law Practice Today that provides a comprehensive round-up of various platforms for client portals and practice management. As the long list of products suggests, they’re all the rage – though as Marc Lauritsen notes in the concluding paragraph, large firms have long offered extranets to clients. What’s new […]

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LAST CALL for Biglaw to Yourlaw:

December 14, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Tomorrow, December 15, 2011 at 9 pm is the Biglaw to Yourlaw FREE teleseminar. To register and for more information, go here (scroll through post to sign up.) If you’ve already registered, you should receive your course materials by email by 10 am ET tomorrow morning.

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Choosing a new practice area: Consider family law

December 14, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

The following is a guest post by Roy S. Ginsburg. As an attorney coach, I often counsel lawyers who are considering a move to a new practice area – helping them balance the pros and cons of such career choices. One overlooked area I often recommend is family law. Lawyers often object to the idea […]

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Unleash Your Inner Scholar: Why Solos Should Write A Law Review Article

December 12, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Seems that ATL Editor David Lat is concealing a dirty little secret underneath his robes.  As you know, by day, David toils as a mild-mannered blogger exposing the secrets of, and dishing out biting commentary on AmLaw 100 firms.  But after hours, he busts out his secret inner scholar and transforms into a veritable Volokh, […]

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MyShingle Celebrates Its 9th Blawg-i-versary

December 10, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

On December 9, 2002, I launched MyShingle into the blawgosphere with this Welcome Post. At the time, I had no idea where my site was headed but I was excited to join the first generation of legal blawgers, particularly as one of the few solos among them. Over time, the seeds that I planted took […]

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Free Teleseminar December 15: From Big Law to Your Law, 3 Years Later

December 8, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Three years ago, before the bottom fell out of big law, I offered one of my most successful free teleseminars ever, From Big Law to Your Law. Back at the end of 2008, most folks thought that the downturn (just 1742 layoffs) was just another market correction of the variety we’d seen in the early […]

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