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What Solos Can Learn From The Recent Obesity Study

July 26, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

As you’ve probably heard on the news by now, turns out that obesity isn’t exclusively hereditary; it’s also socially contagious (US News, 7/25/07). A recent study to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that if you’re close friends with people who are obese, you’re more likely to gain weight yourself either […]

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Find Out If Someone is Really A Lawyer

May 18, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

These days, most bar associations make information about a lawyer’s bar membership publicly accessible, so that consumers can ensure that the lawyer they’ve retained is actually licensed to practice. But these bar data bases are important for lawyers. For example, perhaps you’re suspicious that your opposing counsel isn’t licensed in the court where he’s filed […]

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Don’t Forget to Self Google

March 9, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Over here at my beat at Legal Blogwatch, I posted an article that shows the importance of regularly running Google searches on yourself, not for the sake of vanity, but necessity.  Through searches, you may find that you’re the subject of defamatory comments in various chat rooms.  Though there may not be much that you […]

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Good Tip From A New Solo Blogger

December 3, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s a new solo blogger on the block – Susan Cartier-Liebel and today, she offers a simple, but important tip – don’t quit if you want your practice to succeed.

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Oh, If We Could Get Clients to Pay To Do Their Own Work

October 25, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

One of the legacies of the first conference that I attended over a year ago is that I’m still reading other women’s blogs that I’d have never encountered but for the conference.  And it’s through one of those blogs that I learned about a franchise called Dinner My Way where you pay to cook your […]

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Of counsel – another solo practice option

August 13, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This month’s issues of GP Solo Magazine has an article by Elio Martinez entitled Of Counsel:  An Alternative to Solo and Firm Practice.  The article tells a little bit about Martinez’s of counsel arrangement (all of them differ, I think): My of counsel arrangement is simple. I maintain a separate and independent practice while occupying […]

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Tips for Family Law Practitioners

June 28, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Though not every family law case ends up like this one, nonetheless, family law cases are often fraught with more emotion and problems than any other type of case.  Clients often come with misinformation about the process and unreasonable expectations about how much the case should cost. While trends such as collaborative lawyering may address […]

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You Deserve to Be A Happy Lawyer

May 9, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Maybe, we can’t all be as happy as this lawyer. But we shouldn’t give up on finding happiness in our profession and this week, a couple of bloggers have some suggestions on how to make that happen.  First up, Dave Swanner offers a post, Do You Enjoy Practicing Law? where he gives som ideas on […]

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More on the Joys of Law Libraries

April 25, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Like Barry Kaufman, I’m a huge fan of the law library and recognize that it’s an indispensable tool for solo practitioners.  Which is why I’m thrilled to be able to offer this Guest Post, Eight Reasons Solo Lawyers Should Use Law Libraries from Mary Whisner, the assistant librarian for reference services at the Gallagher Law […]

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Advice from Shinglers Across the Pond

April 25, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Human Lawyer, a UK Blogger, posts about an article by Susan Singleton in this quarter’s issue of the Solicitors Sole Practitoners Group Quarterly Magazine that talks about how to save money off big legal publishers and stay current with developments in your field.”  The list includes these tips: * Subscribe to nothing unless there is […]

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