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Crowdsourcing Legal Research Won’t Work Because It Doesn’t Help the Majority: Solo and Small Law Firms

August 19, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, two of my longtime blogging buddies, Bob Ambrogi and Scott Greenfield tackled the question of why websites dedicated to crowdsourcing legal research haven’t taken off. Citing a quote by entrepreneur Approva Mehta whose own crowdsourcing attempt failed, Bob suggests that the odds are stacked against crowdsourcing from the get-go in the legal industry […]

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Nine Years Later, Avvo Is Pretty Much the Only Game In Town

July 29, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Earlier this week,Avvo the first online lawyer rating site announced another round of funding – to the tune of $71.5 million – to expand product offerings and bring on new hires, reports the ABA Journal.  News of Avvo’s expansion brought the usual grumblings on some of the lawyer list-serves where I participate – ranging from […]

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Document Automation Isn’t the Only Disruptive Legal Technology…And What That Means for Solos & Smalls

April 28, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

  Thanks to technology, advance directives- legal documents that specify what actions should be taken if patients are no longer able to care for themselves – are readily available. Free advance directive forms abound online at sites like this, while those who don’t care to read through lengthy instructions can create an advanced directive at […]

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When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Acquired By An Internet Marketing Company

March 6, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Many tech start ups have as an exit strategy acquisition by Google. But for legal start-ups, is being gobbled up by Internet Brands, which operates consumer websites in several different vertical markets, including legal – m be best fate they can hope for? As Bob Ambrogi reported last week, Internet Brands added the floundering Total […]

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February 9, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, I found myself over at the law library, for the first time in more than a year.  That wouldn’t have been true back in the mid-90’s when I started my firm. Back then, LEXIS cost 600 bucks a month for a dozen searches, and the law library with its digests and bound CCH […]

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F-UBERs and the Future of Law

February 3, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

As I’ve discussed before, my personal experience with Uber has been mixed. No doubt, due to Uber, DC taxis have stepped up their game and these days, I can typically catch a cab more quickly than waiting for Uber to arrive and pay by credit card to boot. Yet my perspective doesn’t matter because I’m […]

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2014: The Year of New Law, No Hashtag

December 18, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In May of 2014, Jordan Furlong published a comprehensive list of the universe of NewLaw business models – some that increase lawyers’ efficiencies, others that marginalize or eliminate the need for lawyers. But even though 2014 may have been a watershed for #newlaw, it was an even bigger year for new law, no hashtag. What […]

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Stand Up for Solos: Our Horton Moment

November 26, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. But ensuring a future for solos and smalls is too important a task to let slide. And so, I intend to file comments to the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services . And you should too. Because the  Commission that declare wants to find ways for […]

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Please Attend the Iron Lawyer Competition at Georgetown Law Dec. 3

November 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I am so excited to be judging the upcoming round of the Iron Lawyer Competition, to be held at Georgetown Law School, 11 am – 1 pm December 3, 2014, details here . I blogged about the inaugural round of the event back in April 2013, and have returned to watch the subsequent rounds. Each […]

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Legal Advice on a Dime – Should Lawyers Play?

November 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

With last week’s announcement of Legal Zoom’s recent partnership with Sam’s Club to offer deals on legal services as well as Avvo’s launch of Avvo Advisor, the blogosphere’s abuzz with discussion of “should lawyers participate or shouldn’t they?” ( See  Susan Cartier-Liebel, The Bridge Builders  at Above the Law, Bob Ambrogi’s coverage of Avvo Advisor […]

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