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An Interview With Foonberg – A Blast From the Past!

September 24, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Thanks to the Wayback Machine, you can access most of the MyShingle posts that pre-date November 2004 . For those who don’t recall, I’ve been blogging at MyShingle since December 2002, but I moved from the Slash Code to Typepad platform when I became an ALM affiliate blogger at the end of 2004. Searching through […]

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Been on Vacation — and Off the Grid!

August 11, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Sorry for the silence here at My Shingle – I’ve been on a long awaited vacation this week (and here’s the proof!). I know that many bloggers often leave a stock of blog posts to auto-post while they’re away, but I prefer real time postings (anything else is too much like a newspaper article to […]

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The ABA Gets It Right

July 24, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Under the leadership of reasonably new ABA Journal editor Ed Abrams, the ABA has finally provided a really useful product with the newly launched, online ABA Journal. The site makes ABA Journal articles and legal news available, and also contains one of the best topical blawg directories that I’ve ever seen. I realize that the […]

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Can Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Anchor Social Movements? We Already Do.

January 19, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Professor Alan Childress of Legal Profession Blog emailed me a link to his post on an article by Brenda Bratton Blom entitled Cause Lawyering and Social Movements: Can Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Anchor Social Movements? My answer to the question posed by Blom’s title is that solo and small firm practitioners by our very […]

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Hey Biglaw – A Reprisal

June 13, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Yesterday brought two Supreme Court decisions granting last minute relief to two death row prisoners.  And equally important, at least one of the cases brought vindication to solo practitioners who handle death row appeals.  Clarence Hill, defendant in Hill v. McDonough (holding that a defendant can bring a Section 1983 challenge to lethal injection even […]

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A Law Professor Recognizes the Value of Marketing

May 21, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Lawyerpreneur and marketing guru Nader Anise provided me with an article by one of his former law professors who recognizes the value of marketing.  It’s an interesting article though most readers here may already recognize the basic lessons.  My own question is whether law schools are equipped to teach courses on how to start a […]

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Free Technology For Louisiana Lawyers

April 30, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Eight months after Hurricane Katrina, the legal community remains affected by these types of impacts.  But lawyers have not forgotten their Louisiana colleagues.  Efforts include those by the Indiana Bar , which held its spring getaway meeting in New Orleans and this free technology assistance offered by several bar associations to assist Louisiana attorneys and […]

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Graying of the Bar

April 9, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Graying of the Bar (Seattle Times, 4/10/06) raises some concerns for solo and small firm lawyers reaching the later stages of their careers.  As the article describes, state bars are finding that they are investigating more complaints against older lawyers who may be suffering from mental health issues, but continue to practice law.  […]

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The Solo Majority

April 6, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

In her article Small Shops Do the Heavy Lifting, Lovely Dhillon quotes a statistic that I’ve known for a long time, that in fact was my impetus for starting this site:  a majority of firms in the U.S. are solo and small practices, a whopping 89 percent in fact. Even though solo practitioners and small […]

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My Article: Treating Family Like Business

January 3, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

An article I wrote several months ago, Treating Family Like Business, just appeared in’s new Career Center.  Primarily, my article reacts to pieces like this which advise attorneys seeking a home-work balance (mostly women) to pussy-foot around and beg for accomodation instead of taking the bull by the horns and advocating, strategizing and negotiating […]

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