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Return of the Part Time Shingle – February 18, 2010

February 3, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

The wildly popular The Part-Time Shingle Teleseminar is back. Carolyn Elefant, author of Solo By Choice and the blog, MyShingle and Julie Tower-Pierce, author of Staying at Home: Staying in the Law and the flexible lawyering blog,, are teaming up once again on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. ET to offer another […]

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Solomarketing List, Blawging for Lawyers and the Question of Blogging for Love v. Money

February 16, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

I don’t generally post endorsements or recommendations about products or services at my site.   But every so often, as now, I’ll make an exception where I believe that the service is worth passing on to others. First up is my friend and colleague Jon Stein’s lawyer marketing email list.  Jon put the list together a […]

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Everything You Need to Know to Succeed As An Associate, You Can Learn From Solo Practice

September 1, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

As much as I love blogging about the nitty gritty aspects of solo practice — the how-tos, the marketing, overcoming your fears and all that good stuff, I’m just as interested in the role that solos play in the broader context of our profession and what other lawyers can learn from us and vice versa.  […]

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My Article on Leaving A Law Firm Now Online At Complete Lawyer

July 6, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

When I sat down to write Solo By Choice, I was surprised to find little information on the issues related to leaving a law firm, from negotiating benefits to notifying clients with the exception of   Dennis Kennedy‘s excellent chapter in the ABA’s book, Flying Solo.  Thus, I devoted a section of SBC to these […]

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From Reader Michael Smith: A Checklist for Opening A Law Office

July 6, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Have you started the final countdown to opening your practice?  Whether you have six months or 6 week weeks until take-off, you’ll find Michael Smith’s concise article, A Checklist for Opening A Law Office from this month’s issue of the Texas Bar Journal extremely useful.   What qualifies Smith to write this piece?  Well, he started […]

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An Off Hours Law Practice Is An On Point Idea

April 8, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

One of the five "high impact" marketing practices that I discuss in Solo by Choice is non-traditional consultations, such as house calls or an after hours practice.  Not only are are non-traditional consults a way to stand out and accomodate your clients, but they’re also compatible with many solos’ business models.  Making house calls or […]

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Get Yourself Noticed: Go Forth and Comment!

December 22, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

So, guess who won the Wall Street Journal Law Blog’s Lawyer of the Year contest? No, it wasn’t Alberto Gonzales (the ABA’s first choice , until it changed its mind, or Clarence Thomas or even the overly litigious Roy Pearson who spawned dozens of bad puns about lawyers suing the pants off businesses. Nope. As […]

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It’s Never Too Early To Think About Starting A Business

November 2, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at Escape from Cubicle Nation, Pam Slim suggests that you bring your kid to your start up day. The point of the Slim’s post is that by showing our children and others what we do, we lay the seeds for potential entrepreneurship. I’ve always adopted Slim’s approach, more by necessity than choice. My daughers […]

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Jobs At Biglaw Limited – So Why Is This News?

September 24, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

This Wall Street Journal story about how lawyers from the lower ranks of lower tiered law schools have a tough time finding jobs has been getting lots of coverage, such as in thiscommentary by Susan Cartier Liebel; a round up of law professor blogs and this discussion at the WSJ Law Blog. As for me, […]

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Last Lecture

September 24, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

By now, this story and video of Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch’s inspiring and moving talk has made its way around the blogosphere, appearing at a number of law blogs, including this extensive coverage at Sheryl Schelin’s Inspired Solo. Pausch, a computer science professor is dying of pancreatic cancer and with three to six months […]

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