My Shingle

Features Releases White Paper on Health Care Reform & Solos!

June 9, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Discover Simple, Private Sharing at As part of our launch, announces the release of a white paper entitled The Health Care Reform Bill: What Solo and Small Firm Attorneys Need to Know (May 2010). Here’s the back story. As most solo and small firm lawyers are aware, procuring health insurance often poses one […]

Read more Announcements 2 comments

If Williston Could Wobble Back, Maybe There’s Hope for All of Us

December 26, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Someone on the Solosez listserve posted a link to this article from the Harvard  magazine on Samuel Williston, 20th century legal scholar, Harvard law professor and author of an authoratative contracts treatise.   But though Williston worked late into his life, he suffered a nervous breakdown in his mid thirties that almost derailed his career.  The […]

Read more Encouragement 3 comments

How to Succeed as A Lawyer – A Great Read

September 28, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

If you’ve not seen this great letter,  How to Succeed as A Lawyer (Roland Boyd), that was first published more than 40 years ago in the Texas Bar Journal, then put down what you’re doing and read it now.  On the surface, the letter simply dispenses tips from a father to a son on how […]

Read more Encouragement 4 comments

One Singular Inspiration

August 23, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

I love reading about the good deeds of solo attorneys, both because it reflects well on our profession and inspires me to do better.  Here’s another case of a “lone lawyer” doing good, Park Slope attorney, Theo Davis, who’s the subject of this article, Keeping Faith in Troubled Times.  The piece reports on Davis’ plans […]

Read more Celebrating Solos 4 comments

Sometimes, You Really DO Need A Lawyer

June 22, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ll admit that there are many tasks currently handled by lawyers that a non-lawyer or pro se could take on just as competently.   At the same time, there are  certain  matters that a nonlawyer is bound to  screw  up,  often with  tragic  consequences,  as this article,  Paralegal Accused of Posing As Lawyer (Dallas Morning News, […]

Read more Criminal Law, Practice & Policy 0 comments

The Big Firm Small Firm Comparison

June 22, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Law Girl of On Firm Ground posts the second installment of her biglaw-small law comparison.  This time, the focus is on the differences in client contact between the two venues (essentially, client contact at one of those places is a myth, I’ll leave it to you to figure out which one) and what Law Girl […]

Read more Big Law/Small Law 0 comments

Solo Stories from the Front

April 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Here are a couple of first hand accounts on going solo:  The First Year, a short blog post by patent attorney Russ Kraject (4/17/05) and Hanging Out A Shingle:  Following the Dream of Starting Your Own Firm, Jaime Levy Pessin reprinted from Law Bulletin at the Legal Match Weblog (3/16/05).

Read more Features 3 comments

A Lawyer Calls for Civility

December 12, 2004 by Carolyn Elefant

Many of us lawyers grouse about the lack of civility in the legal profession; this article, Maryland Lawyer Makes A Case for Civility reports on Rockville, Maryland attorney Steven Seltzer who’s actually trying to do something about it.  In addition to calling lawyers’ on their incivility (for example, Seltzer once wrote a letter to a […]

Read more Features 0 comments