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Guest Post: Six Month Solo

February 29, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

The following is a guest post by Carl, a New Jersey Divorce Attorney who six months ago hung a shingle. Perhaps some of you remember my guest post on “the first week of going solo.” It’s hard to believe I wrote that only six months ago. At the time, Carolyn suggested that perhaps I could […]

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The Practice Was Perfect

October 20, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending, and presenting a session on niche practice at The Practice, organized by my friend and colleague Brian Tannebaum, this year’s president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) . Geared towards criminal defense lawyers running a law firm, the Practice touched on all of the […]

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Yes, It’s Really Hard

September 15, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

You thought you’d done everything right in starting your law firm.  Read the blogs and the books, talked to a couple of solos around town, wrote a business or marketing plan, bought the business cards and set up a decent website, sent the announcements out to everyone and their brother too. Yet here it is, […]

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Get Jargon, Get Rid of Jargon

August 25, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

If you’re an aficionado of legal jargon (and come on, aren’t all of us lawyers, at least when we’ve had too much to drink?), why not indulge yourself with two free e-books of jargon on project finance and corporate finance, courtesy of Latham & Watkins, with an H/T to Three Geeks & A Law Blog. […]

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Good Luck on The Bar Exam: It’s Your First Taste of the Practice of Law

July 23, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

No one could ever accuse the bar exam of testing lawyers on issues that they’re likely to encounter in practice.  After all, how many times do you get a client accused of murder when he accidentally discharged a handgun at the precise moment that a suicidal person happened to leap off the building and fall […]

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The Lessons of Sotomayor and Associates

July 12, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Fittingly, it was a solo – Eric Turkewitz – who broke the story of Supreme Court nominee, Sonya_Sotomayor‘s foray into solo practice under the firm name, Sotomayor and Associates -impermissible name under New York ethics rules given that Sotomayor did not have any associates working for her firm.  The issue has created enough of a […]

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