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Lessons from MOOCs About the Future of Law

August 8, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In theory, MOOCs — massive online open courses — sound too good to be true.  Classes are available on any topic – from learning a new language or computer coding or even how to start a law firm. Even better, most MOOCs are free (or inexpensive) and open to anyone with an Internet connection. Yet […]

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Future Friday: Solo Leverage, Part II

August 1, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A long time ago in Internet years, I wrote that solos and smalls must come up with ways to diversify their services. That doesn’t mean having cheap rates for certain clients and full fees for others, but rather developing different revenue streams to ensure that cash is coming through the door. Back in 2008, the […]

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Move It Or Lose It

July 25, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Legend has it that Southwest Airlines started with a business plan sketched on the back of a cocktail napkin up by founders Herb Kelleher and Rollin King back in the mid-1960s.   Back then, the federal government regulated airline rates, keeping prices so high that only the wealthy could afford to fly.  Kelleher and King […]

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How Should Seasoned Lawyers Prepare for the Future of Law?

June 6, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at Lawyerist, Sam Glover sparked some discussion with the question, How would you advise a new lawyer to prepare for the future of law?  Sam’s question generated several thoughtful responses that I commend you to read, but I think there’s an equally significant question that’s been overlooked. Specifically, how should old (or to be […]

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Is Your Jurisdiction Wasting Money to Make the Ethics of the Cloud Clear?

May 30, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, Bob Ambrogi posted an updated roundup  of state ethics decisions — 17 to date – that clear the cloud for use by lawyers. But while I appreciate the bars’ efforts, they’re a poor use of resources. For starters, every one of those 17 ethics decisions says roughly the same thing.  Lawyers can use […]

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Dewey Really Want to Say That Crowdfunding Is Unethical Fee Splitting? The Biglaw/SmallLaw Double Standard

March 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Back in May 2013, Findlaw blogger William Peacock posted about Upstart, a  crowd funding site where “backers” provide money to new graduates, who pledge to repay the funds through a percentage of future income for a term of five or ten years. Upstart and similar crowd funding platforms might potentially offer an innovative solution to […]

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Future of Law Friday: Disruption in Law Is So Last Century

March 14, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at Lawyerist, Sam Glover penned a thoughtful, witty piece questioning whether the recent crop of legal technology companies promising to disrupt the practice of law, can or will actually deliver.  Sam asserts that many of these companies haven’t a clue as to how lawyers practice and consequently, they “build a “solution” to what they […]

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Can Lawyer-Specific Social Networks Succeed?

February 28, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Yesterday, Bob Ambrogi reported on the emergence of yet another lawyer-focused social network, this one called Foxwordy, which touts an invitation-only membership and “access to thousands of docs and clauses authored by experts” as two of its unique features. Of course, what’s also potentially unique about Foxworthy is that it may charge for membership (or […]

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What’s Needed for Solos & Smalls To Innovate? A Legal Ethics Safe Harbor & Crowdsourced Ethics

January 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Solo and small firm lawyers account for roughly sixty-five percent of all attorneys. Unfortunately, as I’ve written before , solos and smalls are grossly underrepresented in the Reinvent Law space – even though solos and smalls have traditionally been (and in my view, still are) the driving force of innovation in the legal profession. Still, not […]

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Why Doesn’t the ReinventLaw Include Practicing Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Or Counter-Views?

January 17, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I love TED Talks. Over the years, I’ve  shared a bunch of them at MyShingle. In many ways, Ted Talks are like a trip to the gym or an easy run: they make me feel both refreshed and virtuous without the sacrifice of a real lifestyle change needed for long term health benefits. Now, however, […]

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