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May 2012

Happy Birthday to Me

May 31, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Exactly a half-life ago when I turned 24, I spent my first — and until now– my only birthday away from home. Though I’d spent four years away in college, then three in law school, because an end-of-May-birthday falls between the end of school and start of a summer job or internship or travel, it […]

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The $100 Start Up Is A Great Read For Lawyer StartUps

May 31, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Cruising the airport magazine stand while airing for the departure of my  flight to London last week, the cover of the Chris Guillebeau’s  new book, $100 Start-Up  caught my eye.  My ipad was already loaded with reading material, including Eric Ries’ Lean Start Up  which I’d put off reading for months, so I wasn’t in […]

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What Solos Can Learn From Legal Zoom: Value of the Subscription Service

May 30, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Having been out of the country last week and on travel the week before,  I missed out on the legal blogging commentary  on the Legal Zoom IPO.  But while there’s been passing commentary from observers on how the IPO may impact solos, with the exception of Scott Greenfield (who’s kind of a solo  but not […]

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Georgia Injury & Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Michael Moebes Can’t Find an App, So Builds His Own

May 24, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

 This occasional solo profile focuses on Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer, Michael Moebes, who blogs at  Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Blog. Michael is an injury lawyer with a focus on workers’ compensation practicing all over Georgia, but with a primary location is in Atlanta.  This quickie interview with Mike came to mind when I read about […]

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Judge Easterbrook Slights Solos – But Solos Also Spite Themselves

May 18, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Just like comedian Rodney Dangerfield, seems that solo and small lawyers just can’t get no respect from the federal courts. Only the slight to solos by federal judges is no laughing matter not just for us solo and small firm appellate lawyers but more importantly, for our clients. The latest round of elitism and reduced […]

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Do Clients Want to Self-Schedule Appointments With Lawyers?

May 16, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Despite the proclaimed rise of the DIY-client, seems that many aren’t yet willing to self-schedule an appointment with an attorney.  At least, that’s been the experience thus far for several of the lawyers interviewed by the Wisconsin Bar Journal on their experiences with self-scheduling. One North Carolina lawyer, Kellie Mannette reported that while her practice is […]

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My Avvo Talk: 6 Start-Up Tech Trends That Start-Up Lawyers Need to Connect With Clients

May 10, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Six Start-Up Technology Trends That Start Up Lawyers Can Use View more presentations from Carolyn Elefant. I’ve uploaded my slide deck from my talk at Avvocating Avvo presentation (with some glitches in the translation) – and you can see my slides (hopefully in better format) and those by the other speakers at Avvo’s Lawyer-nomics Blog. […]

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Who you calling unethical, Warren Boroson? Please stop picking on solo lawyers!

May 8, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

In an era of  lawyer bashing,NJ Columnist Warren Boroson’s piece Why Every Middle Class Family Needs a Lawyer  could have been an important educational reminder why lawyers still matter.  And while in truth, Boroson’s article makes that case, Boroson does a far greater disservice by advising readers to “avoid solo practitioners” when hiring lawyers. Boroson’s […]

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Late Nights With Maury [Maurice Sendak]

May 8, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Today’s NYT Obituary pays tribute to Maurice Sendak as the children’s author who “wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche.” Maybe so from a critical perspective, but not for those of us who listened […]

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Avvocating Conference: A Great Event & A Class Act

May 7, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, I spoke at Avvocating 2012 (my deck will go up tomorrow; also, full disclosure- Avvo paid my travel to the conference) Much to my own surprise, I’d have to rank it as one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. Yes, Avvocating was a marketing conference and didn’t pretend to be anything other […]

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