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Why New York’s Recent Ethics Opinion on LinkedIn Shows the Folly of Regulating the Minutia of Social Media

August 30, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Lawyers’ ethical obligations when using social media may be summarized in a single graphic: Yet rather than invoke the simple litmus test of whether a communication is deceptive to a reasonable viewer to evaluate lawyer advertising, disciplinary committees feel compelled to spill thousands of words analyzing the ethics of each and every feature of each […]

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Why You Don’t Have to Be Collateral Damage on the Road to the Future

July 8, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

In June 2013, the New York Times  DealBook reported that mega-firm, Weil Gotshal slashed seven percent of its associate ranks – sixty junior lawyers in all — and reduced annual compensation for 30 of its 300 partners (who by contract, can’t be terminated without cause).  On one level, the Weil cuts seemed like deja vu […]

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How Much Technology Do Lawyers Really Need to Know? Not as Much As One In-House Counsel Would Like.

May 30, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Seems that big law just can’t catch a break.  Criticized for everything from arrogant billing practices to an unhealthy obsession with profits per partner to an unsustainable pyramid-scheme business model, now  corporate counsel Casey Flaherty is beating up on big firms for their lack of techno–aptitude, reports Monica Bay at American Lawyer. But are Flaherty’s […]

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It Took Solo To Take Prenda Down

May 9, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Yesterday, federal judge Otis Wright slammed  Prenda, a rogue “porno trolling” quasi-law firm that figured out a formula to get rich in the Internet Age. As Judge Wright uncovered , Prenda bought copyright interests in porn movies, placed them in shell corporations to appear as if they were owned by clients (rather than Prenda lawyers) […]

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Even In An Online Age, Bar and Professional Associations Are More Relevant To Marketing Than We’d Like to Admit

April 25, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Longtime readers of this blog know that I have a love-hate (or more accurately, a friend/frenemy) relationship with bar and professional associations.  To be clear, my beef isn’t about the services provided to solos: in the past decade since I’ve started this blog, the bars have stepped up – and I’ve watched as the initially […]

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Iron Tech Lawyer Competition – Report

April 18, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

I left the office on Wednesday afternoon to attend the Iron Tech Lawyer competition at Georgetown Law School.  I must confess that after six months of white noise about disruption, rethinking and access to justice as a way to access venture capital, I didn’t have high hopes for the students’ projects, which employ NeotaLogic (a […]

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