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Did Clearspire Expire…or Conspire?

June 11, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, one of NewLaw’s own, Clearspire expired. Or did it? Clearpsire says otherwise portraying the closure of Clearspire Law as one giant pivot from #AltLaw Firm model to a legal technology company. Clearspire explains that it plans to take the proprietary practice platform, Coral, developed by the non-lawyer owned business side of its operation […]

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Why Aren’t Lawyers More Affordable?

June 3, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A recent article in The Atlantic asks: Is There Such a Thing as an Affordable Lawyer?. A provocative title, but how accurate is it?  And how useful are most of the suggested solutions —- which involve automating services or forcing solos and smalls to offer reduced rates and eliminating the “guild mentality” which of course, […]

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Unethical Conduct, But Fee Splitting Is the Least of It

June 2, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A recent Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee (ARDC), reported here misses the point.  The ARDC charged a solo estate planning attorney with ethics violations for splitting fees with a non-lawyer financial planner over a five year period between 2007 and 2012. During that time, the financial planner hosted six seminars each year, referring approximately […]

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Ideas for Complying With the Legal Professional Code From Computer Coders

May 12, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A couple of weeks ago, I embarked on the long journey of learning and mastering computer code for several reasons. First, as I approach a milestone birthday (and work through the concomitant midlife crisis), I’ve felt compelled to try something new. Second, since I so frequently criticize  many of the legal tech startups for not […]

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Is the Future of Solo Medicine the Future of Law?

May 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In reading this article about physicians feeling pressure to join hospital or health network systems, I wondered whether this might be the future for the practice of law as well. The article describes the experience of Dean Pollack, an OBGYN, in practice for thirty years, who is committed to maintain an independent practice – notwithstanding […]

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Quick and Dirty Professional Advice, Just a Click Away

March 4, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

An apple a day may keep the doctor away – but an app each day ensures that a doctor is always on-hand.  One new app, First Opinion allows users to text message doctors health-related questions. FirstOpinion pairs each user with a specific doctor and over time, they build relationships. The app isn’t intended to offer […]

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Is Starting a New Kind of Law Firm As Easy As Riding A Bike?

February 26, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s a new law firm on the block here in Washington D.C., reports the Washington Post — easily recognized by its sunny yellow bike. The cycle analogy is a bit of a play on words, since here, the BIKE stands as an acronym for the Tandem’s tagline, “Be yourself, Innovate, Kindness and Engagement.” Not surprisingly, […]

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Reinvent Law: Nothing Left to Say

February 11, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

The problem with being late to the party in the blogosphere is that there’s often nothing left to say. And so it is that late with my dispatch on #ReinventLaw, I find that most of what I would have described — from the mixed bag of speakers and their varying degree of success with the […]

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The Lawyer Network That Was a Lawyer Notwork: Lessons from An Unsuccessful Venture

November 19, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Four and a half years ago – when Axiom Legal was just gaining traction and Virtual Law Partners and Rimon Legal and Fisher Broyles were the only dispersed legal business models on the block, a group of eight solo colleagues and I who practiced in four different cities came together to form a collaborative of […]

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How Not To Foreclose the Future of Law

November 11, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Behold, the law firms of the future: Lean operations powered by technology, with heavy reliance on outsourced labor and non-lawyer professionals.   Reliance on economies of scale, corporate business practices and technology to maximize efficiencies.  Laser-focused dedication to client demands for results and bye, bye billable hour. And even a little bit of outside investment, […]

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