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MyShingle Turns Eleven

December 9, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Sometime in the evening of December 9, 2002, I clicked the enter button and launched MyShingle’s inaugural post into cyberspace. My blog has created some great opportunities — but eleven years is also a long, long time to be blogging. Each year, more blogs emerge and it becomes increasingly difficult to stay relevant and keep […]

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Blogging By Myself, Blogging By Myself

November 13, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Because I’m a blogger, other lawyers frequently ask me questions like whether they ought to start blogging, what kinds of topics to select or what types of results to expect.  It’s a topic that I’ve presented on, written about (even a book!) and of course, blogged about. I can offer a myriad of tips and […]

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If Forrest Gump Were A Lawyer Blogger

October 18, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

You know the movie, Forrest Gump, where a seemingly dim protagonist accidentally winds up at the forefront of many historic moments, and finds wild success beyond whatever anyone ever expected?  Forrest Gump  came to mind when I learned about solo personal injury lawyer Eric Turkewitz’s most recent foray into the big time.  Of course, Eric […]

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Future Fridays: As Solo Goes, So Goes the Substance and the Spark

August 3, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

A few weeks back, CNN reported on the demise of the solo physician, with the report predicting that within two years, 75 percent of new doctors will be employed by hospitals.  While the cost of doing business for doctors is on the rise (technology can cut long-term costs but doesn’t come cheap), reimbursements from insurance […]

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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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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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MyShingle Is Proud to Be Part of the 18 Percent

December 2, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Solos comprise at least 60 percent of practicing lawyers, yet that’s not always apparent from mainstream legal publications which focus largely on the accomplishments of and matters relevant to large firm practice. Slowly, however, blogs are chipping away at the legal caste system that by giving solos a powerful megaphone to influence the law and […]

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CDLs Putting Us Other Solos to Shame

December 29, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

For the second year in a row, Scott Greenfield is running a contest for the best criminal law blog post for 2010. Because I’ve been so busy these days, I only read a handful regularly – though I also visit posts with headlines that catch my eye or that friends highlight on Twitter or FB. […]

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A Match Made in the Blogosphere

October 12, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

From afar, they seemed like opposites: a tough New York City criminal law trench warrior with disdain for high faultin’ academics and a talent for effortless and abundant insights and a world-travelling, West Coast civil litigator with a global practice and a penchant for literature and a knack brevity. Yet they spoke each others’ language, […]

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Yet Another Reason Not to Use Canned Content

August 25, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Courtesy of Professor Eric Goldman, here’s yet another reason to avoid canned content or ghostwritten materials in law firm newsletters, and by extension, blogs: it’s a sure-fire way to convert ordinary, First Amendment protected content into regulated advertising. Holtzman v. Turza (N.D. Ill. August 3, 2010) serves as a cautionary tale of what happens to […]

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