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To Make The World A Better Place

July 21, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Lately, my posts at MyShingle have been sparse. Since mid-June, I’ve been buried in a couple of new matters plus I’ve been writing for Small Firm Innovation and The Xemplar and preparing for my summer travels to bar conferences near and far to meet and teach and learn from my fellow practicing solos. But truth […]

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Why Solo Success Looks Like Jose Baez

July 11, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Jose Baez’s win for Casey Anthony wasn’t pretty. From an opening statement that promised much but didn’t fully deliver to cross-examination questions that went nowhere or elicited evidence that seemed to hurt more than help to the clumsy cardboard exhibits, no one will ever confuse Jose Baez and his band of solo lawyers with the […]

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Tribute to Joe Flom: Skadden’s Solo Role Model

February 24, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

As solos, mega-firm Skadden is perhaps one of the last places we’d ever think to look for a role model. But being solo doesn’t just mean working for oneself.  Solo is a state of mind; a combination of vision, hustle and sheer doggedness that together, convert adversity into a best friend. That’s the story of […]

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HALO – Help a Lawyer Out

December 21, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Professional courtesy. When is the last time you’ve used that phrase, or heard it as anything other than the punchline of a lawyer joke? For me, professional courtesy is one of the aspects of being a lawyer that I most enjoy. Like giving a free consultation to a client sent my way by a colleague. […]

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More On Technology Taking Us Back to the Future

November 22, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Dr. Brest Rosenblum runs a solo family practice in  Aspinwall, Pennsylvania, that hearkens back to the days before healthcare, like law, became a business.   When Dr. Rosenblum’s patients arrive at the office, he greets them in the waiting room and takes down their intake information himself. After hours, when Dr. Rosenblum isn’t available, his patients […]

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Iowa Lawyer Steve Lombardi Helping New Lawyers Help Themselves

October 26, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

At a time when large firms are throwing young associates overboard and cutting down on training all in the name of profit, Iowa lawyer Steve Lombardi seems downright anachronistic. With thirty years of experience under his belt, Lombardi could be focusing his efforts on expanding his practice or prepping for retirement, but instead, he’s doing […]

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Yes, It’s Really Hard

September 15, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

You thought you’d done everything right in starting your law firm.  Read the blogs and the books, talked to a couple of solos around town, wrote a business or marketing plan, bought the business cards and set up a decent website, sent the announcements out to everyone and their brother too. Yet here it is, […]

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My Own Blast From The Past: Everything’s Going To Be Alright

April 26, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

I am not supposed to be posting here.  My blog is moving platforms and this post will be lost in the transition.  Oh well.  There’s a good conversation taking place on line and I wanted to join in. Today, Scott Greenfield shared his own blast from the past (or if you prefer, his salad days, […]

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Passion Is Always in Fashion

April 13, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

In a couple of hours, I’m heading out to Seattle for the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference as well as some other meetings with colleagues and online friends.  I’ll be away for the week and fairly busy, so I won’t be posting.  Plus, while I’m away, there’ll be some back-end work taking place at my […]

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Sorry, But I’m Not Contrite About Ignite Law (Just a Little Late to Respond)

April 1, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

The night before ABATech Show, I participated in Ignite Law 2010:  The Future of Law in Six Minute Increments.  I’ll admit — the Ignite event excited me – and I submitted a proposal  because I think and write about the future of law and also because the Ignite format – 20 slides in 20 seconds […]

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