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July 2012

Ohio Lawyer Kathleen Havener Launches Woman2Woman Referral Network

July 12, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Up until this month, if you were looking to hire or refer a woman lawyer, finding one wouldn’t have been as easy as you might think.  At one time, the ABA’s Litigation Section Woman’s Advocate Committee maintained a referral network but no longer does.  And as I posted here, NAMWOLF, an association for women and […]

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From Quote to Contract: Online Proposal Generators

July 11, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

So, I’ve been thinking and teaching  about the 21st Century Retainer Agreement (for those who attended the last event, the ebook is coming soon; for those who missed it, we’re scheduling another webinar in August), specifically ways to streamline the drafting process.  Flat fee or one-off retainer agreements aren’t all that tough (my upcoming ebook […]

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Blogging, Accountability and Changing Course

July 11, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve been blogging for nearly a decade and during that time, I’ve expressed opinions about the legal profession, legal products and other lawyers’ practices.  Ten years is a long time though, and sometimes, it’s not unusual to change one’s mind in light of new circumstances or experiences. So why are we so embarrassed about changing […]

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Why I Still Say Nein to Ninety-Nine Designs and Other Contest Sites

July 9, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Over the years, I haven’t had much luck with branding.  Partly, it’s just the  Gemini thing; I split my time between my law practice and my practice blog, MyShingle – and even those broad categories are subdivided into various niches.  The few times I’ve embarked on attempts to create a logo, I simply settled for […]

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Thank You Thursdays: You Never Know Whose Life You May Have Changed

July 5, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

This  New York Times article about how a 13-year old’s interview with an Olympic hopeful motivated him to snag one of the last berths on the 1976 U.S. Olympic swim team is a reminder of the role of serendipity in our journey in life or law and the power of a genuine thank-you. Back in […]

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Happy July 4 – Free yourself to go solo!

July 4, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve been blogging long enough to know that readership trends way down on holidays, so instead of new material today, here are two previously run July 4 pieces to enjoy.  Happy Fourth of July – and if you haven’t already, make this year that you declare your independence! Declaration of Independence: The World’s Most Successful […]

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Should A Law Student Considering Solo Practice Blog Now? Yes, Yes & Yes!

July 3, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

One of my readers, a 3L who’s planning to solo on graduation recently emailed this  [paraphrased] question: What are your thoughts on a law student starting a blog in preparation of starting a firm? I understand that I’ll need to include disclaimers that I am not an attorney or giving legal advice, but can blogging […]

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