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College of Law Practice Management

October 29, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

This past weekend, I was excited and honored to be inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management . I spent some time with my buddy Ed Poll  who’s been hammering the point that law is a business before many of today’s futurists were even born.  Ever insightful, Ed asked one of […]

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To the ABA – Tear Down the Pay Wall that Keeps Ethics Opinions From Seeing the Light Of Day (Sign My Change.org petition)

October 19, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

If you thought that aggressive enforcement of copyright was only for the RIAA, think again.  The ABA is just as intent about enforcing copyright interests in its ethics opinions. But whether you agree with the RIAA’s tactics or not, at least its copyright enforcement activity is intended to protect RIAA’s constituents; artists, musicians and record […]

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A Bit of A Break & Crowdsourcing Request

September 25, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m taking a brief break. Between an out of town hearing last week, Jewish holidays, my younger daughter’s upcoming bat-mitzvah this weekend, a touch of writing block and most critically, a terrible cold, I just can’t muster the energy to post.  I’ll be back up and […]

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Using Your Retainer Agreement to Generate Positive & Deter Negative Client Reviews

September 3, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Increasingly, consumers are exploring client reviews on sites like Avvo  as part of the process of hiring a lawyer.  Though it’s hardly scientific evidence, over the past few weeks alone, I’ve heard several examples of lawyers who attracted fairly decent cases as a result of their presence on Avvo or Yelp and the positive feedback […]

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21st Century Retainer Agreement, Second Time Around – Sept. 6

August 10, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

The 21st Century Retainer Agreement is making a comeback September 6.  For $49, you get a 75 minute webinar, slide deck and recording plus an 80 page ebook (including lots of ethics research), along with a 100 page appendix with forms (PDF and word), samples and more.  Here’s what the See the Fee Chapter in […]

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Art, Science & Ethics of 21st Century Retainer Ebook Complete! Review Copies Available

July 31, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

So it took a little longer than anticipated, but the ebook, The Art, Science & Ethics of the 21st Century Retainer Agreement is finally complete.  The book is 72 pages in length and covers the topics listed here: Table of Contents for the Art, Science & Ethics of 21st Century Retainer eBook What’s more, there’s […]

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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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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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Announcing WEBINAR: The Art, Science & Ethics of the 21st Century Retainer Agreement

June 19, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, I posted here  about the Art, Science & Ethics of the 21st Century Retainer Agreement, a new program that I initially rolled out.  I’ve ramped it up even more and the result is a 90 minute webinar, along with a 40+ page ebook with sample clauses, templates, forms and ethics discussions of retainer […]

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The Art, Science & Ethics of the 21st Century Retainer Agreement

June 6, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

The legal profession is transitioning to what’s been branded the new normal, but the development of the necessary tools for serving 21st Century clients is lagging far behind.  Sure, the infrastructure that we use to serve clients is changing; lawyers are finally coming up to speed on Cloud Computing, transitioning from desktops to more mobile […]

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