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A Solo Extravaganza

December 29, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

The January 2005 DC Bar’s Washington Lawyer Magazine has this article Going Solo by Joan Rigdon.  I’m profiled in it, briefly (though not much but a passing mention of MyShingle), as are many of my DC solo colleagues.  The article reflects a great cross section of solo practice, with old timers like Joel Bennett (editor […]

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You Don’t Have To Get It Perfect…

December 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Allison Shields of the new Legalease practice-building blog has a post taking inventory for the New Year that contains some great advice:  you don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going.  That advice applies to many lawyers contemplating solo practice.  Sure, you don’t want to just jump into it without […]

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Watching out for Clients

November 8, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Reader Frank Kautz forwarded this great article, Small Firm Life:  Friendly Fire (Raymond Dowd New York Lawyer 11/4/05) which begins with this advice to lawyers:  “Quit worrying about your adversary coming after you; it’s your client you need to worry about.”  Sadly, that’s true.  Though there are some pretty bad lawyers (as we’ve just posted […]

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A Reprise on Solo and Small Firm Bloggin

October 25, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

In honor of Matt Homann’s and Dennis Kennedy’s upcoming Blawg Think, I’m reposting a link to the What Blogs Can Do For Solos and Small Firms that I designed and presented along with Jerry Lawson at the Maryland State Bar Association Solo Day Conference back in November 2003.  Though the presentation is coming up on […]

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Blawg Review #21

August 28, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Ah, the joy of being host of a Blawg Review during the last week of August which is a time of endings (summer) and beginnings (school).  So I’ve got a built in theme:  Endings, Beginnings and the Transitions and Crossings in Between.  I’ll list posts by theme but I’m going to be brief with links […]

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Shinglers Doing Some on the Side

July 4, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

While many continue to gripe about the second class status of women at biglaw, other women lawyers have taken a different path entirely, not just starting their own practices but finding spare time to start several businesses in one case and embark on a masters running career in another.  This article, Lawyers Have A Bent […]

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Comparative Advertising: Keep This As Proof!

May 4, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

According to this article, A New Trend Among Firms:  Comparative Advertising, Leigh Jones, NLJ (5/4/05), large firms are taking off the kid gloves when it comes to marketing, including Oblon, Spivak’s ads that proclaim superiority over other biglaw competitors that are identified by name in the ad.  That’s funny, because over at Legal Underground, Evan […]

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Why Marketing Articles Like This One Drive Me Crazy!

April 8, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

I have a peeve about a great many articles on marketing for law firms.  Some of the articles are apparently written by so-called experts who have clearly never practiced at a law firm.  Others reiterate the same advice – network, seek referrals, join a bar association – without any analysis of whether these methods actually […]

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New shingler Scheherazade Fowler (who’s

April 1, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

New shingler Scheherazade Fowler (who’s in great company with other blogger-turned solos Dennis Kennedy, Kevin Heller and Howard Bashman, to name a distinguished few) publicly ponders whether she should keep her Massachusetts bar status active when she’s set up shop in Maine.  No question, regardless of cost, a solo should never, ever, ever let go […]

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And here’s yet another story,

April 1, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

And here’s yet another story, NY Firm, Attorney Fail to Execute Retainer , New York Lawyer (3/31/05) on the importance of a retainer agreement.  The article reports on a suit by law firm Fenderstock & Partners against its former client, attorney Stephen Shapiro to recover fees for services that Fenderstock provided, ironically, to defend Shapiro […]

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