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Century Solo

July 15, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Though he died as head of a 625-lawyer firm, centenarian lawyer Christian Peper started as a solo. As described in St. Louis Today, Peper, along with his friend Malcolm Martin and Martin’s father started a law firm in a four room office back in 1941. Three months later, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and Peper, determined […]

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Iowa Lawyer Steve Lombardi Helping New Lawyers Help Themselves

October 26, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

At a time when large firms are throwing young associates overboard and cutting down on training all in the name of profit, Iowa lawyer Steve Lombardi seems downright anachronistic. With thirty years of experience under his belt, Lombardi could be focusing his efforts on expanding his practice or prepping for retirement, but instead, he’s doing […]

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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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Required Mentoring for New Lawyers- What Do You Think?

April 22, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

According to this article, the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism recently adopted a recommendation that would require every lawyer admitted to the Florida Bar – 2000 of them annually – to obtain a mentor during the first year of practice.  The Commission has now asked a special blue-ribbon committee to study ways to implement […]

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