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Utah Offers Formal Program, But Nothing Precludes You From Building Your Own

August 3, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

New law graduates embarking on the practice of law in Utah won’t have to stumble around helplessly as they try to figure out the nuts and bolts of law practice.  According to the Salt Lake City Tribune (H/T ABA Journal) Utah has just implemented a mandatory mentoring program that pairs all new attorneys (not just solos) […]

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Why Is Findlaw Charging Money for Inaccurate Forms When the Correct Forms Are Available Online for Free?

June 15, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

OK, so I understand that a company like Thomson Reuters doesn’t "get" the concept of free.  After all, Westlaw, one of Thomson Reuters’ flagship legal products costs a pretty penny.  Even so, it’s one thing to charge for a product that delivers value, as Westlaw undeniably does.  It’s quite another to extract payment for materials […]

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ABA Tech Show – A Good Start, But Not Enough If We Don’t Change the Rules

April 4, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

I have a blogging-based press pass for the ABA Legal Tech Show so I’m compelled to post a dispatch.  So far, I’m enjoying this conference even better than last year.  For starters, I’m not a speaker so I can enjoy, not to mention wear comfortable clothes.  Second, after spending the past few weeks reading about the […]

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Resources for How to Start a Law Firm and Where to Find Solo by Choice

March 5, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

With layoffs increasing, so too are sales of Solo by Choice, and again, it’s sold out at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  I wanted to let readers know that you can always purchase a copy directly from the publisher at Lawyer Avenue – it’s the same price, shipping is free and my publisher processes […]

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Comparing the Cost of SaaS LPM Tools to Conventional: The Metrics That Matter

March 4, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

So, how many of you maintain a law library in your practice?  You know, the digests and volumes of caselaw and annotated statutory codes with the annual pocket parts that always slip out and of course, those loose-leaf reporters where you need to unscrew the metal binder clasp with a coin, then fumble around to […]

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How to Use the Bars Reviewed: A Practical Guide

February 23, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, I unveiled the Bars Reviewed 2009, which surveys the services that bar associations are providing to solo and small firm practitioners.  I’ve received really valuable feedback in the comment section and I’ve been working to continuously incorporate the comments into the chart. But the survey isn’t just a vanity tool to generate visibility […]

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The Bars, Reviewed: What Has Your Bar Association Done for You Lately?

February 19, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Summary Update (7 pm, 2/19/09) More comments below, with links to additional NC Bar resources and Canada resources too.  In response to Eric’s question, the review took place strictly based on websites alone  – I personally visited about 30 of them, and delegated the remaining review, then did additional link checks.  Talking to bar personnel […]

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The Importance of Human Back-Up

January 24, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

For almost two weeks now, I’ve been dealing with a family situation that has taken me out of town, spending both days and nights at the hospital.  Like many of my colleagues who responded to the MyShingle contest question, I too employ technology that lets me take my office with me on the road.  Unfortunately, […]

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Adrianos M. Facchetti – California Defamation Law – 3 Key Ways Technology Helps Me Serve Clients

January 22, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

3 Key Ways Technology Helps Me Serve Clients I wish I could tell you a story that perfectly illustrates how technology helps me serve my clients.  It’d be dramatic and poignant, perhaps involving Perry Mason.  Carmina Burana would be playing in the background and it’d undoubtedly involve a victory at trial.  I’d be carried off […]

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Michael D.J. Eisenberg – The Other Woman (or how technology helped me take a vacation)

January 22, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

The Other Woman . . . I admit it, there is another woman.  She is alluring, demanding, and very intrusive.  And yet my wife puts up with my law practice. I am writing this while on vacation in the Caribbean.  We had a vacation like this a year ago and my new wife was so […]

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