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October 10, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In any universe other than the one inside the Beltway, attorney Paul Zukerberg would be the overwhelmingly favorite to serve as the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Zukerberg has the legal chops for the job; he’s practiced law in Washington D.C. for twenty-eight years, focusing on complex traumatic brain injury cases […]

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Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

October 6, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Let’s just say that 2014 hasn’t been a banner year for me. The trade association I co-founded nine years ago and helped grow to 55 members at its peak imploded. I lost a motion that I’ve never had denied- nor ever even seen denied in 25 years of practice – and  managed to pull out […]

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The Girl Is Gone

August 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I saw it coming a year ago but that didn’t prepare me for the reality that she is no longer here. Oh, sure, she’ll be back but as a visitor or a guest, not a resident of this house where she grew up. Only two days have passed since I dropped my daughter off at […]

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Hiatus Is Over. I Think.

July 15, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I’m back from what has become a more than a month long hiatus from blogging. I last posted on June 11, a week before departing for a two week vacation on June 18. Since then, a varied band of solos stepped up as guest bloggers who’ve held down the fort through last week. Turning over […]

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Starting a Solo Practice on the Cheap: A Guide for the Overhead-Phobic

June 26, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which will run between June 17 and July 3, 2014.   This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger Liz Araguás Let me begin by saying that I have no trouble spending money. I have always enjoyed life’s luxuries (to the extent that my meager young […]

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Why Aren’t Lawyers More Affordable?

June 3, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A recent article in The Atlantic asks: Is There Such a Thing as an Affordable Lawyer?. A provocative title, but how accurate is it?  And how useful are most of the suggested solutions —- which involve automating services or forcing solos and smalls to offer reduced rates and eliminating the “guild mentality” which of course, […]

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Does Doing Work That’s Hard Work for Solos Seeking to Grow?

May 21, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Marketing god Seth Godin recently urged his audience to take up the challenge of doing what’s hard: In an industrial setting, the obvious plan is to seek out the easy work. You’re more likely to get it done with less effort and then move on[…] Today, though, it’s the difficult work that’s worth doing. It’s […]

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The Busy Week

May 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

For the first time in a very long time, I went a full week without posting at MyShingle. Needless to say, last week was busy – but here are some of the highlights: I had my fifteen seconds of fame (quite literally) in this appearance on The Daily Show, which grew out of this pun-filled […]

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Want to Ensure Solo Success? Obsess Yourself.

April 25, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Don’t Express Yourself – Obsess Yourself! Over the past few years, passionate has been one of the most overused modifiers of entrepreneurs and startups. If you don’t believe me, check out LinkedIn, where “passionate” turns up 872,400 times in various profiles. Increasingly, solo and small firm lawyers, in an effort to distinguish themselves from their […]

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Blocked

April 1, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This isn’t an April Fools’ joke. You may have noticed my blog posts have become more sporadic. Part of the slow down relates to my schedule – just plain busy. But I’m also having more difficulty coming up with original content relevant to solos and smalls. So if there are any topics you’d like me […]

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