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Reinvent Law: Nothing Left to Say

February 11, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

The problem with being late to the party in the blogosphere is that there’s often nothing left to say. And so it is that late with my dispatch on #ReinventLaw, I find that most of what I would have described — from the mixed bag of speakers and their varying degree of success with the […]

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Solos Can Play on Any Field – Including Sports Law

February 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

With a little more than six years of practice under his belt, Maine-based lawyer Paul Greene is still relatively new to the practice of law. Yet he’s at no risk of displacement by online platforms.  Instead, Greene  — a former sportscaster — left a larger firm to launch his own shop, Global Sports Advocates, reports […]

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Seriously, The Weakest Article on The Cons of Solo Practice That I’ve Read in A Long Time

February 3, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ll be the first to admit that there are lots of reasons not to start a solo law practice.  If the law bores you, you loathe working with clients (or conversely, view them as “customers”) or you can’t afford a computer, phone and malpractice insurance, then solo practice probably isn’t a good idea. But the […]

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What Next, Solo?

January 29, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In one of those press releases-cum-SEO drivers that routinely crop up in my news aggregator, I noticed this announcement about Stephanie Fierro’s promotion from law firm associate to senior counsel at Frutkin Law, a mid-sized Arizona law firm.  Nothing out of the ordinary there – but what most caught my eye was that prior to […]

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Crazy Little Thing Called Speech

January 9, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Above the Law columnist Elie Mystal asks: should nasty commenting trigger an ethics probe? Absolutely not.  Moreover, as a vocal blogger often critical of ethics regulators and a practicing attorney dependent upon my law license for my livelihood, the fact that a law professor, of all people, would pursue this kind of action against a […]

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Why Don’t Law Schools Invest In Law Firm Start Ups?

June 12, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Last weekend, I attended my 25th law school reunion up at Cornell Law School.  Considering that the Class of 1988 was Cornell’s centennial graduating class and that the silver anniversary is fairly significant, the turnout wasn’t great.  Out of a class of 175 students, only 19 of us showed up – a figure that’s even […]

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Future of Law Fridays: When Every Day Is An Opportunity

May 17, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

By way of the  awesome Tim Baran (have you ever heard anyone say something negative about this guy?), Community Manager of our sponsor Rocket Matter, came this wonderful story  about the transformative power of social media by Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York. Stanton writes that after losing his finance job in Chicago, he […]

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Lessons of Rakofsky v. the Internet: Be the Kind of Lawyer That Your Client Can Be Proud Of

May 13, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Avid readers may recall that two years ago, MyShingle and I received an “invite” to the defendants’ table  in Rakofsky v. the Internet. Roughly two years later, a decision is finally in.  Defendants prevailed; you can read others’ legal analysis here ,here and here.  Having spent two years reading through reams of pleadings, I see […]

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Tax Day: A Reminder of The Ups and Downs of Solo Practice

April 15, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

With 2012 taxes now complete, I’ve officially marked the last action of the worst year of my practice in a half-decade. While I won’t discuss everything that went wrong, the problem is pretty obvious: more money out, less money in.  In my case, an office upgrade and more personnel took a bit of a toll […]

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ISBA Report on the Impact of Debt on the Legal Profession: Accurate Assessment or Unfair Assumptions About Solos?

March 21, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Via Scott Greenfield, I learned about this recent study by the Illinois State Bar Association on The Impact of Law School Debt on the Legal Profession. Whether or not one blames the debt crisis on law schools (for inflating employment results), the government (for essentially prohibiting discharge of student loans in bankruptcy except in very […]

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